This yr’s Game Awards had just a few surprises that would solely have come from a dwell occasion⁠—Chris Choose did completely nothing unsuitable and gave it from the intestine, and a youngster snuck on stage and took the mic on the finish of the evening to say one thing inscrutable from Discord. A 3rd determine has emerged from the crucible of December 8, 2022: Pedro Eustache, a world-class flautist who left all of it on the court docket throughout The Game Awards’ musical medley celebrating the Game of the Yr nominees.

As The Game Awards Orchestra did their factor, the digital camera individuals taking a dwell feed of the occasion could not assist however linger on Eustache, who was extraordinarily vigorous and animated as he performed. Eustache additionally demonstrated notable virtuosity in his efficiency, switching devices a number of instances throughout the medley. 

On the 44 second mark in IGN’s video of the sequence, Eustache is tooting on a smaller, black woodwind. Solely 10 seconds later, in a wider crowd shot, you may observe him swapping to a big, curved flute, and by God, by 1:11 he is already taking part in a unique instrument!

The YouTube feedback are stuffed with reward for Eustache, and Twitter was awash with reward for the “Flute Man.” Certainly, individuals have already made fan artwork and video tributes for Eustache. The artist himself responded to the eye with a brief video. “Hello, that is Pedro Eustache, you guys know me as ‘Flute Man,'” He begins.

“I simply needed to thanks from the underside of my coronary heart to your completely superb response throughout social media after The Game Awards final evening. God bless you.”

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Eustache’s Game Awards efficiency was solely the most recent cease in a protracted and storied profession. The Venezuelan-born artist has collaborated with the likes of Paul McCartney, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer. Noclip documentarian Danny O’Dwyer identified that Eustache appeared in a collection of interviews with Zimmer on the making of the soundtrack for 2021’s Dune. In the event you crave extra Flute Man, you may learn extra about Pedro Eustache and his work on the artist’s web site.