Prudence Davis has held the position of Principal Flute with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1980. Growing up in Melbourne, Prue studied flute at the Victorian College of the Arts with Peter Edge and later in Switzerland with Aurele Nicolet. She has performed with the Australia Ensemble, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is also a founding member of the Australian Chamber Soloists and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (formerly Australia Pro Arte).
She tours regularly for Musica Viva and in 1989 toured Australia with the visiting Reger Trio from West Germany. She has appeared as a soloist in North and South America, Paris, Bonn, The Hague, Brussels, Berlin and Kuala Lumpur as well as on many occasions with the MSO. In January 1993 she undertook a solo tour of Japan where she performed with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and gave chamber music concerts and masterclasses.
What is your greatest performance experience so far?
It was in November 2010, Charles Dutoit and Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole, specifically the Friday evening performance which had an extraordinary feel to it. The whole orchestra was swept onto a different level and into a different stratosphere by the minimal but extraordinarily powerful gestures and expressions of this man. What a musician!
Which musical figures would you invite to your house for dinner? And what would you serve?
Mozart, Debussy, Faure and J.S. Bach. I’d serve a hearty roast with lots of gravy, vegies and a pavlova roulade with strawberries and cream!
Where in Victoria do you most like to perform?
I love the Melbourne Town Hall because of its sense of tradition. It is where I first heard the MSO and first played with the MSO. I also love the hall at Her Majestys at Ballarat for the ambience.