Frédéric Chatoux was born in Marseille in 1965. He began studying flute at age seven and received training by professors from the School of Joseph Rampal: Yves Vivet in Manosque, Jean Patéro in Marseille, Jean-Loup Grégoire at the Regional Conservatory of Paris and Alain Marion at the Paris Conservatory. He finished his studies there in 1988 with a First Prize in both Flute and Chamber Music, awarded unanimously.
After the Paris Conservatory, where he also worked with Raymond Guiot et Jean Mouillère, he pursued post-graduate studies with Aurèle Nicolet and began his career as a flute soloist in the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
He joined the Paris Opera Orchestra in 1992, and, since June 2000, has occupied the position of flute soloist of the orchestra, in which he has been led by some of the greatest conductors in the world, including: Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, Neeme Järvi, Seïji Ozawa, Thomas Hengelbrock and Philippe Jordan.
Currently, he is a certified Professor of Flute at the Regional Conservatory of Paris and at the Pôle Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne.
He has also maintained for several years a career as a chamber musician and soloist with: the Kharkov Orchestra (Ukraine), the Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Républicaine, the Minsk Academy Orchestra (Belarus), the Wiener Kammer Orchester (Austria), the Orchestre de Cannes PACA, the Macedonian Philarmonic Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Orchestra (Taiwan), as well as with partners including Yvan Cassar, Emmanuel Ceysson, Bertrand Giraud, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Laurent Verney, the trio Pelléas and the Quatuor de flûtes de Paris.
He has recorded nine CDs recognised by critics in Monde de la musique, Diapason, Classica répertoire, American Record Guide and Opera Magazine.
His recording Flute Opera is in the catalogue of Harmonia mundi.
Collection Director at Editions Gérard Billaudot, he also works to broaden the flute repertoire.
He has participated in the shows Le matin des musiciens and Lionel Esparza’s Magazine on France musique and Jean-François Ziegel’s television show La boite à musique in duo with Emmanuel Ceysson.