Yukie Ota, 'Madame Butterfly', takes 2nd place at Nielsen Competition

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First-prize winner Sébastian Jacot: "I didn't even think about winning … I have never won a competition or audition." (photo courtesy DR.dk)


Yukie Ota (she of the butterfly landing on her forehead during the first round, currently Principal Flute in the Kalamazoo Symphony) took second place this weekend at the Carl Nielsen Flute Competition in Copenhagen.

First place went to Sébastian Jacot, a 27-year-old Swiss flutist, who had his own adventures in the first round: Two hours before he played, part of his wooden flute broke. Jacot used his back-up … and prevailed.

Read more about first-place finisher Sébastian Jacot in this story by Anne Termanson.

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