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(Flutists added and bios expanded as time permits.)


Julius Baker website
9/23/1915 - 8/8/2003
Graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Baker later became a member of the faculty there as well as at Juilliard. Well known for producing world renowned flutists from his studios, he also wrote an excercise book ("Daily Excercises For The Flute") which has become a standard in flute teaching.


Jeanne Baxtresserwebsite
Baxtresser has been a member of the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, but is best known for being the solo/principal flutist for the New York Philharmonic. Previously on faculty at Juilliard and at Manhatten School Of Music, currently a member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and at the New England Conservatory Of Music. Her "Orchestral Excerpts for the Flute" books have become a must-have for aspiring orchestral flutists.


Lori Bellwebsite
Flutist and composer residing in San Diego, California. Pearl Flute Artist and endorser of Drelinger Headjoints. Adjunct professor of flute at San Diego State University.


William Bennett website
Has been the principal flutist with the London Symphony, received the National Flute Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2002. Altus Flute Artist.


Emily Beynonwebsite
Principal flute of the Royal Concertegebouw Orchestra and teacher at the Hague Royal Conservatory. Altus Flutes Artist.


Mary Karen Clardywebsite
Yamaha Performing Artist. Professor of flute at the University of North Texas.


Tadeu Coelho website
Miyazawa Artist and Professor of flute at the North Carolina School of the Arts.


Michel Debostwebsite
Professor of flute at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Graduated in 1954 from the Conservatoire National Paris and has been the principal flutist with the Orchestre de Paris among others. Monthly column in "Flute Talk".


Robert Dick
website
Soloist and composer, on faculty at the New York University and inventor of the Glissando Headjoint.


Mathieu Dufour
website
Principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.. Former principal flutist with the Paris National Opera Orchestra.


Janette Ericksonwebsite
Principal Flutist of the Fresno Philharmonic and Miyazawa artist.


Sir James Galway website
Born 12/8/1939 in Belfast, Ireland.
Galway began his musical career as a young boy playing the pennywhistle. He moved up quickly, becoming the solo/principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1969. He retired this position to embark on a highly successful solo career in 1975. With over 50 albums in circulation, knighthood bestowed on him in June 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II and a wide variety of music performances, Galway is well known in non flute and even non-musician circles.


Geoffrey Gilbertwebsite
5/28/1914-1989
Gilbert began playing the pennywhistle at age 6 and went on to become well respected and widely known both as a performer and teacher. He won the principal spot in the London Philharmonic Orchestra at age 19 and later became principal of the Royal Philhamonic, among other orchestras.


Tracy Harris
website
Yamaha Performing Artist. Attended Juilliard School of Music.


Mindy Kaufman website
Mindy joined the New York Philharmonic as their piccolo player at age 22. She can also be heard on several movie soundtracks.


Jeffrey Khaner website
Graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Khaner is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Previously principal of the Cleveland Orchestra.


William Kincaid

4/26/1895 - 3/27/1967
Graduated from New York's Institute of Musical Art, played in the New York Symphony 1913-1918, Kincaid became solo flutist for the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1921 and became a faculty member at Curtis Institute of music in 1928.


Ron Korb website
Performer and composer specializing in Jazz, Celtic, Latin and Japanese music.


Frederich Kuhlau

1786-1832
Kuhlau was a prolific composer who composed for several instuments though his numerous works for the flute are most well known.


Robert Langevinwebsite
Principal flute of the New York Philharminc. Langevin is also on faculty at the Juiliard School of Music and the Manhatten School of Music. Altus Flutes Artist.


Rhonda Larsonwebsite
Began her career by winning the NFA Young Artist Competition in 1985. Composes much of her own repertoire, known for a diverse mix of styles. Pearl Flute Artist.


Bill McBirniewebsite
A Jazz and Latin specialist, Bill was a winner in the 2003 NFA's Jazz Flute Master Class Competition and currently has four Jazz CD's available.


Susan Milanwebsite
Former principal flutist with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra, Milan is a professor of flute at the Royal College of Music.


Marcel Moyse
Moyse's name is well known among flute students for his method books and teaching practices. He turned out many great flutists who went on to make their names as well known as his. (Galway, Wye, Wincenc, Bennett and more.)

Aurele Nicolet
1/22/1926 -
A student of Marcel Moyse, Nicolet was the solo flutist for the Berlin Philharmonic from 1950-1959.


Emmanuel Pahud website
Born January 27, 1970 in Geneva
Pahud began music study at age 6. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1990 and became principal flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1993 at the record age of 22. He stepped down briefly from the exclusive principal position in 2000 to pursue a solo and professorial career, returning to the the Berlin Philharmonic two years later as principal flutist and soloist. He is contracted with EMI Classics and has produced numerous solo albums.


James Pellerite website
A student of Kincaid's, Pellerite succeeded his teacher as solo flutist with the Philadelphia orchestra. Pellerite is well known both as an orchestral performer and teacher as well as for producing a much needed comprehensive fingering guide for the flute world. Since retiring his position as flute professor at Indiana University, Pellerite has embarked on a solo career featuring the Native American Flute.


Johann Joachim Quantz
1697-1773
A German flutist employed as a composer by King Frederick the Great. He was instrumental in changing the design to the flute, including adding keys to the instrument to improve intonation.


Jean-Pierre Rampalwebsite
1922-2000
Arguably the most famous flutist of all time, Rampal was the first flutist to tour internationally on an ongoing basis and was active in discovering and performing forgotten baroque works.


Paula Robisonwebsite
Soloist, author and teacher. Robison graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and later taught at the same school as well as at the New England Conservatory. She was awarded the Lifetime Achevement Award from the National Flute Association in 2004. Ms. Robison plays a Brannen-Cooper flute.


Gary Schocker
website
Flutist, Composer and Pianist. Emphasis on compositions for the flute.


Elaine Shaffer
A student of William Kincaids, Shaffer attended the Curtis Institue of Music. She was the only woman concert flutist in the world at the time of her death in 1973.


David Shostacwebsite
Principal flutist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Graduated from Juilliard School of Music. Pearl flute artist.


Renee Siebertwebsite
Flutist with the New York Philharmonic, teaches at the Manhattan School of Music.

Fenwick Smithwebsite
Second flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fenwick Smith is also on staff at the New England Conservatory. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Mercedes Smithwebsite
Principal flutist with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet.


Alexa Still
website
Winning the principal flute position of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at age 23, Still resided in her native country until becoming the associate flute professor at the University of Colorodo at Boulder in 1998. She is an active solo performer as well and has released more than 12 albums to date.


Mimi Stillman
website
Yahama Artist Mimi Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institue of Music at age 12. She is currently teaching privately and coaching ensembles at the University of Pennsylvania.


Sheridon Stokes
Flute Instructor at University of California Los Angeles. Specializes in contemporary music. Pearl Flute Artist.


Nancy Toffwebsite
Considered the world authority on the flute. Wrote "The Flute Book" and other definitive literature on flute playing and the history of the flute.


Nestor Torres website
Jazz Flutist. Pearl Flute Artist.


Jim Walker
website
Yamaha performing artist. Coordinator of flute at the University of Southern California.


Carol Wincenc
website
Professor of flute at the Juilliard School of Music.


John Wion website
Former principal flutist with the New York City Opera. Professor of flute at the Hartt School, University of Hartford in Conneticut


Trevor Wye website
Author of the well known "Practice Books for the Flute" series and a biography of Marcel Moyse. Altus Flutes Artist.


Anne Zentnerwebsite
Principal flutist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Received her Master's from the Juilliard School of Music. Has been on faculty at the University of Southern California.


Laurel Zucker
website
Graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Miyazawa Artist and professor of flute at California State University Sacramento.

 

 

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