1839 – He was born on the 8th day of December this year.
1969 - He auditioned for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan, and was principal flute of that orchestra from this year until 1975.
1975 – He launched his career as a soloist, and within one year, he had played over 120 concerts, including appearances with all the London orchestras.
1997 – He was named Musician of the Year by Musical America. He has received Record of the Year awards from Billboard and Cash Box magazines, as well as the Grand Prix du Disque for his recordings of the Mozart Concerti.
2001 – Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in June of this year.
2004 – He was given the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy at the Grammy's 8th Annual "Salute to Classical Music."
2006 – He was invited to give a special performance at the White House in March 2006.
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