Sir James Galway – 125th Anniversary Legendary Flutist
The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries.
Sir James has made himself a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.
One of the busiest men in classical music, the 2013 season sees Galway appearing all over the world in concert. Engagements include a tour of Italy, Switzerland and South America, concerts in Russia with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists. Following this will be “The Legacy Tour” with Sir James and friends, stopping at major cities throughout the US, including New York, Boston, Washington DC and Los Angeles. Spring will see Sir James performing back in Europe before touring Israel and ending the season back in the UK.
Alongside his busy performing schedule he makes time to share his wisdom and experience with the young through the International Masterclass Series he holds each year with his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, in Switzerland. Through these, and the numerous other classes they hold worldwide throughout the year, they are able to have a hands on mentoring to the students they meet throughout their work.
The William S Haynes Company is most pleased and honored to collaborate with our friend, Sir James Galway.
“Claudi Arimany is, in my opinion, one of greatest flautists of his generation. He is one of those virtuosi who place technique, sonority and phrase colouring at the service of musicality and sensitivity, something not within the grasp of many.”
Jean-Pierre Rampal, August 1999
Claudi Arimany was born in Granollers near Barcelona (Spain).He is considered one of the most prestigious Spanish soloists. He was a student of Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory of Music.
Arimany has performed, as soloist, with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maxence Larrieu, and Aurele Nicolet, as well as with numerous orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, Berlin Philarmonic Atheneum Quartet, Franz Liszt Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestra Internationale d´Italia, Zagreb Soloists, München Bach Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Kammerorchester, China National Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Kammerorchester and the Czech Philharmonic.
Mr. Arimany has been a jury member for the “Rampal International Flute Competition”. He has made numerous recordings on Sony Classical, Novalis, Delos International, and Saphir.
Claudi Arimany is a Haynes Artist. Claudi plays concerts with the Haynes gold flutes used by Jean-Pierre Rampal during his career. These flutes were given to him after the death of the great master.
Jeanne Baxtresser has held principal positions with three major orchestras, culminating in her 15-year tenure as Solo Flutist of the New York Philharmonic. Making her heralded debut with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 14, Ms. Baxtresser began her professional career as Principal Flutist of the Montreal Symphony immediately following her graduation from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker. She was subsequently appointed Principal Flute of the Toronto Symphony before being invited by Music Director Zubin Mehta to join the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Baxtresser appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic on more than fifty occasions, and has been featured as a soloist across North America and Europe.
Recipient of the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for significant, lasting contributions to the flute world, Ms. Baxtresser was also awarded the National Medal of Arts from the Interlochen Center for the Arts and serves as a member of the Honorary Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is recognized internationally as a leading recording artist, author, and lecturer.
In great demand as a teacher, many of Ms. Baxtresser’s students occupy principal and section positions in major orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. While in New York, Ms. Baxtresser served on the faculties of The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. In 1998, she was appointed the Vira I. Heinz Professor of Flute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she has attracted many outstanding flute students from around the world. Ms. Baxtresser was also named University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University’s most distinguished professorial position awarded to those individuals who have achieved exceptional international recognition.
Ms. Baxtresser’s exceptional career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician has produced numerous recordings, including New York Legends—Jeanne Baxtresser (Cala), Jeanne Baxtresser—A Collection of My Favorites (MSR Classics), and Chamber Music for Flute (Cala), featuring her performances with principal players of the New York Philharmonic. She has recorded many of the major symphonic works with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Kurt Masur.
Ms. Baxtresser’s acclaimed first book, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment (Theodore Presser), has been re-released in a new revised edition. This book and a companion CD, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Spoken Commentary (Summit), have become a vital part of flute pedagogy. Her subsequent book, Great Flute Duos from the Orchestral Repertoire was named the 2004 winner of the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition.
JEAN-LOUIS BEAUMADIER studied flute with Joseph Rampal at the Marseille Conservatory and continued his studies at the National Superior Conservatory in Paris with the renowned Jean-Pierre Rampal. He performed as piccolo soloist with the National Orchestra of France for twelve years, during which time he performed under the batons of Sergiù Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Böhm, and Pierre Boulez.
Jean-Louis has appeared as guest soloist with the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Jean-François Paillard, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de chambre de Tours, Orchestre des jeunes du Venezuela in Caracas, Brussel Chamber Orchestra, Wiener concert Verein, New-York soloists, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de Picardie, “Ensemble orchestral de Marseille, Ensemble “la Follia ” de Mulhouse, Le “Concert Buffardin “, “les musiciens de France,” and the Orchestre de Bohème.
Much in demand as a piccolo soloist, he performs internationally. Mr. Beaumadier has recorded over twenty CDs, and has received the International Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy for his disc, “The Golden Age of Piccolo”.
Jean-Pierre Rampal wrote: “Endowed with marvelous technique, (Jean-Louis Beaumadier) stands out, thanks to his winning personality and his artistry. It is a pleasure to listen to him…”
Katherine Fink maintains a distinctive and versatile career. She is nationally recognized for her work with the Borealis Wind Quintet in performance, commissions, publishing, teaching and recording. The Borealis has recorded five cds, including the Grammy nominated “A La Carte”. Additionally, Fink has recorded the flute works of Robert Baksa, is featured soloist on “Reel Life, music of film composers”, and in the many recordings of the New York Pops, the Metropolitan Opera high definition movie broadcasts, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Eos, Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Windham Chamber Music series.
Fink has played on many major film scores and television commercials and is heard on albums by Tony Bennett, Maureen McGovern, Harolyn Blackwell, and Arlene Auger. She has also performed in live concerts, television broadcasts and on tour with numerous popular icons including Yasin Bey (Mos Def), Andrea Bocelli, Chris Botti, Darlene Love, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Milton Nascimento, Pink Martini, Doc Severinsen, The Grateful Dead and Leslie Uggams.
As featured soloist, Fink has appeared at Carnegie Hall, at Lincoln Center in the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on both the Brooklyn Library and Brooklyn Museum series. She has performed and presented lecture/discussions at the National Flute Association conventions and in New York City at New York Flute Club concerts. She is prominent in the New York area orchestral scene as principal flute and featured soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Queens Symphony and the New York Pops, as long time extra with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and guest principal flutist with the area’s top symphonic groups.
Her playing is highlighted on Broadway in the current sensation, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, and recent past hits, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and the Tony award winning revival of “Ragtime” (including cast albums).
An experienced educator, Fink has given master classes in flute performance, chamber music and orchestral repertoire throughout the U.S. and at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She is on the faculty of New Jersey City University and CUNY York College.
With the Borealis Wind Quintet, Fink has commissioned works by Bob Brookmeyer, Eric Ewazen and Philip Wharton, and has been gifted commissions by many composers including Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec. The Cimarron Press library features “Borealis Select Editions”, including new works and revised editions of standard repertoire.
Fink holds a B.M. with honors from the Eastman School of Music, where she worked closely with Samuel Baron and Joseph Mariano and a M.M. from SUNY at Stony Brook. She has played Haynes flutes exclusively since 1970.
Jürgen Franz was born in Rödermark near Frankfurt, Germany. Receiving his first lessons at the age of 12, he was a student in the Dr. Hoch´s Conservatory Frankfurt and started his studies at the “Musikhochschule Frankfurt”. He studied with Jean Claude Gérard, Maxence Larrieu, and James Galway.
Jürgen Franz became a member of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra and played Principal Flute in the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Since August 2000, he has been a member of the radio orchestra NDR in Hamburg with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Günter Wand, Christoph von Dohnany and Thomas Hengelbrock. Jürgen has performed as solo flute in the Philharmonic Orchestra from “La Scala di Milano” with notable conductors including M. Rostropowitsch, Ricardo Muti, and Charles Dutoit. He also was a member of the Richard Wagner Festivalorchestra in Bayreuth with conductors like Christian Thielemann. Lorin Maazel invited Jürgen to play as solo flutist with the orchestra “Symphonica Toscanini“.
Mr. Franz has performed on CD’s and radio broadcasts throughout Germany, France, Japan, USA, and Switzerland. He has performed concerts with Maxence Larrieu, Davide Formisano, Hening Lucius and is a frequently seen guest at European flute festivals.
Sir James Galway says of Franz’ recording, “European Recital”:
“This CD is one of the most interesting to be issued for a long time. The repertoire is very attractive. It is very well recorded and the playing is of the highest standard. A pleasure to listen to.”
Jürgen Franz is Professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Hamburger Konservatorium. He has given masterclasses in Germany, China, Spain, USA, and Japan. Mr. Franz has been a Haynes Artist since 2013 and performs on a 19.5K gold flute.
Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List .
In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.
Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.
Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.
Guo Liang Han
Han Guolian has been described as “one of the most prominent flutists in the world.” He graduated from the Central Conservatory School of Music in Beijing, studying there under Wang Yongxin. In 1988 he won a scholarship to study a Masters Degree at the Boston University School for the Arts. After graduating, he was active among many American orchestras, winning prizes in several national and international flute competitions. He has studied under the famous flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and other world-class teachers.
In recent years, Han Guoliang has performed in Europe, Australasia, the US, Japan, Taiwan, Macau and other locations. He has given solo concerts, worked as flute professor at the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music, and performed as the invited principal flutist for the Chinese National Symphonic Orchestra. With this orchestra he has performed with world-class masters Charles Dutoit, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, Rostropovich, Li Delun and others, both in China and abroad.
In the last 20 years he has recorded many outstanding records and worked with several famous modern Chinese composers. He has also been invited to be an adjudicator and standing artist at music competitions both at home and abroad. During this time, his students have been awarded many prizes at competitions in Europe, Japan, America and other countries.
Han Guoliang is currently flute professor at the Central Conservatory of Music and princicpal flutist of the China National Symphonic Orchestra. He is guest professor at the China Music School, the School of Music of the Capital Normal University, Art College of the China People’s Liberation Army and Qingdao Ocean University Music College. He is also Vice-President of the China Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
“Miss Hoeppner proved that she can turn a legato phrase with the best of them.”
The New York Times
Canada’s preeminent flutist Susan Hoeppner is appreciated for being a “born soloist” (Globe & Mail), where “one can almost hear the words in her flute song” (Washington Post). Susan maintains a busy schedule as international solo recitalist and chamber musician. She was recently nominated for a JUNO award, Canada’s highest musical honour, for her latest recording “American Flute Masterpieces” on the Marquis Classics label with pianist Lydia Wong. In 2012, Susan became a newly appointed Wm. S. Haynes Artist, the world-renowned flute company based in Boston, and with this partnership will represent them through performances, master classes and other appearances.
Internationally, Susan makes appearances as guest soloist, recitalist, and conducts master classes throughout Japan, North America, South America and Mexico. Recently, a new concerto that was written for her by Canadian composer Christos Hatzis was given its world premiere performance by Susan in Japan with the Kyoto Symphony. Entitled Departures: Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra, this work will be part of her upcoming recording project for the 12/13 season. Her numerous recordings appear on Marquis Classics (International), EMI Classics (Canada), Grammophon AB BIS (Europe), JVC Victor (Japan) and King Record (U.K) labels. She is often invited to perform at Canadian Embassies world-wide, and regularly features repertoire by esteemed Canadian composers. Closer to home, Ms. Hoeppner has performed as a soloist with many of Canada’s orchestras.
Every summer, Ms. Hoeppner teaches at Le Domaine Forget Music Academy in Quebec as well as The Julius Baker Masterclass in New York. A graduate of The Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Julius Baker, Ms. Hoeppner is currently a member of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School. Susan Hoeppner is based in Toronto and can be found online at www.susanhoeppner.com
Gaspar Hoyos has been praised by conductors, colleagues and critics alike as one of the most exciting and interesting flutist of his generation. Recipient of many prestigious awards including international competitions, he has performed to critical acclaim throughout South America, North America, Europe and the Far East. He has earned prizes at such prestigious international competitions as the Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition, Markneukirchen International Competition and the NFA Young Artist Competition, prizes which led to his solo debut in Europe with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris at the Theatre des Champs Elysées.
His recording of the Bach Flute Sonatas with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour has just been released by Lontano Productions – France.
In October 2011, Mr Hoyos was the featured guest soloist in Caracas Venezuela, with the Orquesta Simon Bolivar in a performance of the Pied Piper Fantasy by John Corigliano, in presence of the composer. Gaspar currently divides his attention between concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music projects and collaborating with the New Music Ensemble Ultim’asonata in visual and performing arts in multicultural projects. Mr. Hoyos has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy, Ensemble La Follia, Orchestre de chambre de Lorraine, Orchestras of Vogtland and Markneukirchen, Orquestas filarmónicas de Bogotá y Lima, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to join the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in their China-Taiwan tour, and has played with the orchestras of Mulhouse and the Opéra de Lyon.
He has played in such prestigious festivals as Nancyphonies, Montpellier Radio-France, Musica Riva (Italy), Festival of Istria, July in Jordan Hall (Boston), Maurice Ravel (France). He is frequent guest at the Flute Festivals around the world, such as the European Flute Festival (Frankfurt), Japan Flute Convention (Kobe), French Flute Convention (Paris), Festival de Flauta de Lima (Peru), National Flute Association Flute Conventions (USA).
His solo discography includes the 19th Century music record Bravissimo, for the label Octavia Records (Japan) and a CD made in Bogota, celebrating Twentieth Century Masterpieces by French and Colombian composers.
Gaspar Hoyos was raised in Bogota, Colombia. He studied in Boston with Paula Robison, and in Paris with Raymond Guiot. He was the last flutist to have had the chance to take lessons with the late Jean-Pierre Rampal at his home, avenue Mozart, Paris.
Shigenori Kudo is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest flautists. Born in Sapporo, Japan, Mr Kudo studied at Toho Gakuen School of Music before completing his musical education at the Conservatoire National de Paris with Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Laureate of several international competitions, notably first prize-winner in the 2nd Paris International Flute Competition in 1978 and the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition in 1980, Shigenori Kudo’s career takes him all over Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
As well as giving many recitals, he is invited by conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Krzystof Penderecki, Ferdinand Leitner, Leonard Slatkin, Horst Stein and Jean-François Paillard to perform with orchestras including the NHK Symphony, Saito-Kinen, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Johannesburg National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Paillard Chamber Orchestra, the French national orchestras of Montpellier, Lille, Toulouse and all the major Japanese orchestras.
Mr Kudo is a regular visitor to many international festivals where his chamber music partners include Jessye Norman, Claude Bolling, the Trio Pasquier, the Zurich Trio, Marielle Nordmann, and the Vienna String Quartet.
He has made over 50 recordings, the most recent of which are the Mozart Flute Concerto K. 313 with Seiji Ozawa, a version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for flute with Jean-François Paillard and the Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart for flute, oboe, fagot and horn with Radek Baborak, Dag Jensen, Fumiaki Miyamoto also under Seiji Ozawa.
Shigenori Kudo currently resides in France and teaches at l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
Maxence Larrieu was born in Marseille on October 27th 1934. He is one of the best representatives of the French flute school. He studied with Joseph Rampal and belongs to the Rampal’s flute school, with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion.
He obtained the first flute prize with Gaston Crunelle (1951), and also the chamber music first prize of the National Superior Music College of Paris (1953). He also won the first prize of the international competition of Geneva, and was a graduate from the international competition of München (1956). From 1954 to 1966, he wase a solo flautist for the Comic Opera of Paris, and then for the Paris Opera’s orchestra until 1978. He left this post to teach virtuoso lessons at the National Music College of Geneva, and also at the National Superior Music College of Lyon.
Many composers wrote for him :
- Serge Lancen : Concerto « Monologue » for solo flautist (1962)
- Marcel Landowski : creation in Bordeaux of his “Concerto” with Jean-François Paillard’s orchestra (1968)
- Jean Rivier : « Voltige » for solo flautist (1970)
- Marc Carles : Piece for solo flautist
- Lionel Rogg : Suite for solo flautist (1999)
Maxence Larrieu played many times in concert Francis Poulenc’s Sonata with the composer. He also recorded at Grange de Meslay “Aubade”, by Francis Poulenc, with Sviatoslav Richter and the Jean-François Paillard’s chamber orchestra.
Some exceptional concerts :
- All Mozart’s concertos, with Clara Haskil playing piano and “Lamoureux Orchestra” directed by Igor Markevitch (1960)
- Norma / Bellini with Maria Callas, Maxence Larrieu was “first flute” of the Paris Opera’s orchestra, directed by Georges Prêtre (May / June 1964)
- Ballet show on Vivaldi’s music with dancers from Paris’ Opera at the Champs-Elysées’ theater, organized by Henri-Jacques Coudert (1975)
- “Sequenza I”, work of art for solo flautist, creation of a ballet of the Paris’ Opera scene with dancers from Paris’s Opera under the direction of Luciano Berio (1976)
- The “Brandebourgeois Concertos” at Pleyel Paris auditorium, with Zagreb’s and Henryk Szernyng’s soloists, under the direction of Antonio Janigro (1980)
He played with the best orchestras of the world (I Musici, English Chamber Orchestra, The Zagreb’s soloists) and especially with Jean-François Paillard’s Chamber Orchestra, with who he gave more than five hundred concerts, and recorded about thirty times.
Larrieu recorded more hundred CDs as a soloist, particularly with orchestras from Prague, Munich, Cologne, Monte Carlo, I Musici, “l’Ensemble Instrumental” of France, Orchestra of Sarre, and Philharmonic of Turin. Twelve of these recordings were award the Grand Prix du Disque. His concerts and records partners are: Arthur Grumiaux, Rafael Puyana, Bruno Canino, Gabriel Tacchino, Suzanna Mildonian, Maurice André, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Lili Laskine.
He played at Lincoln Center with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Lili Laskine, Robert Veyron-Lacroix and Maurice André. He’s invited to music festivals in Osaka, Montreal, Sydney, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava, Roma, Barcelona and Prades.
Since 1964, he’s also regularly invited to Japan, Corea, China, USA and all over Europe for master classes (Juilliard school, Yale, Royal Academy of London, Milan, Nice…) and concerts. Maxence Larrieu was a member of the jury for different competitions: Kobé, Carl Nielsen, Munich, Prague and Budapest. He was president of the Jean-Pierre Rampal’s competition in 2001. He’s now the artistic leader of the season of concerts at the abbey of “San Futtuoso di Camogli Ligurie”, which takes place in July and August every year since 1993.
Internationally renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan, Detroit and with the Stanford String Quartet. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall, and has performed sold out performances in the Hollywood Bowl with fellow flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and was a member of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. In addition, he has appeared at the Montreux, Playboy, and Kool Jazz festivals; he performed with the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 and with the Detroit Symphony in 1994. His recordings have won three Grammy nominations.
Mr. Laws has been involved in unique projects such as collaborations with Quincy Jones, Bob James, and Claude Bolling for Neil Simon’s comedy California Suite, a collaboration with Earl Klugh and Pat Williams on the music for How to Beat the High Cost of Living: and film scores for The Wiz, Color Purple, A Hero Ain’t Nothing but a Sandwich, and Spot Marks the X.
There are 20 albums in Mr. Laws’ discography for such record companies as: Atlantic, CBS, CTI, including: “My Time Will Come,” and “Storm Then The Calm” for the Music Masters record label.
Session work also remains a staple of Hubert Laws’ schedule, and includes collaborations and recordings with such artists as Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Hubbard, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Sergio Mendes, Bob James, Carly Simon, Clark Terry, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.
In addition, Mr. Laws maintains his own publishing companies, Hulaws Music and Golden Flute Music, and he founded Spirit Productions in 1976 to produce his own albums and those of promising new artists. He was selected the No. 1 flutist in Down Beat readers’ polls ten years in a row and was the critic’s choice seven consecutive years.
Born in Houston, Mr. Laws’ musical education came from various sources. He grew up directly across from a honky-tonk called Miss Mary’s Place, his grandfather played the harmonica, and his mother played gospel music on the piano. His classical training got under way in high school. He later enrolled in the music department at Texas Southern University. During this period, he arranged to study privately with Clement Barone who Mr. Laws considers had a profound effect on his development. From there he traveled to Los Angeles with the Jazz Crusaders where he won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of music in New York City. Mr. Laws completed his studies and obtained his degree at the Juilliard School of music in New York City under tutelage of the renowned flutist Julius Baker.
Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill’s extraordinary level of skill as a flutist also prompted a personal solicitation from no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his Resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James’ Official web site.
Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his numerous recordings as a sideman with the likes of Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emilie-Claire Barlow. Needless to say, Bill has performed and recorded extensively with Toronto’s finest musicians and has been a longstanding charter member of Bernie Senensky’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band.
Milwaukee native Greg Milliren is Associate Principal Flute, Henrietta Rauenhorst Chair, with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Riverside Philharmonic, the Spoleto USA Festival, the New World Symphony, the National Orchestral Institute, the Las Vegas Music Festival, The Minnesota Chamber Music Society, as well as many regional orchestral and chamber music ensembles. He was soloist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, performing the Christopher Rouse Flute Concerto, and was a prize-winner at the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.
Greg earned his Master’s Degree under James Walker at the University of Southern California, and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, studying with Julia Bogorad-Kogan and Immanuel Davis. Other influential teachers include Adam Kuenzel, Heather Clark, and Sarah Jackson.
Tara Helen O’Connor
Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she was the first wind player to participate in the CMS Two program and is now an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
This past season, 2012-2013, she premiered a new chamber work by John Zorn, gave a debut performance at the Mainly Mozart festival with Windscape, concerto with Meastro David Atherton, appearances at the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curaçao, premiered Jonathan Bergers new opera with the Saint Lawrence String Quartet in Stanford, and performed concerts in Hawaii and Georgia with CMS.
As a frequent participant in the Santa Fe chamber music festival, she has appeared at Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
She is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble and a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape.
Tara has appeared on A&E’s “Breakfast for the Arts” and Live from Lincoln Center. She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Koch International and Bridge Records.
She teaches at Bard College Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Music Program, and is Professor of Flute, Chairing the Wind Department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Her summer flute master class at the Banff Centre in Canada is renowned.
Flutist-composer-pianist Gary Schocker is an accomplished musician of outstanding versatility. At age 15, he made his professional debut when he performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions including the Young Concert Artists, the National Flute Association, the NY Flute Club and the East-West Artists. Often, he concertizes in duo with guitarist Jason Vieaux. Internationally, he has toured and taught in Colombia, Panama, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France and Italy.
In addition to being the most-published living composer for the flute and among the most played, Schocker has composed sonatas and chamber music for most instruments of the orchestra. He also has written several musicals, including Far From the Madding Crowd and The Awakening, which can be heard on Original Cast Recordings. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK and were performed in Cardiff and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as in New Zealand. In New York, they were winners of the ASCAP music theatre awards.
Schocker has won the International Clarinet Association’s annual composition competition twice and the National Flute Association’s annual Newly Published Music Award numerous times. Among artists who have played his compositions, James Galway gave the American premier of Green Places with the New Jersey Symphony.
Tim Weisberg is one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion who’s incredible career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world. Two of Tim’s albums are collaborations with the gifted singer, songwriter, Dan Fogelberg, which include their platinum album, “Twin Sons Of Different Mothers,” containing the hit “The Power of Gold.”
Tim’s bands are legendary and have been known as a proving ground for the likes of David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez. Although he is classified by the recording industry as jazz, Tim’s music has always been somewhere between rock and jazz.
Flutist Alan Weiss has been the Artist-in-Residence for the William S. Haynes Flute Company since 2004. He travels worldwide over 60,000 miles annually presenting recitals, masterclasses, lectures and exhibits promoting Haynes Flutes. Mr. Weiss has been a member of the Boston Classical Chamber Orchestra since 1987 and has performed with many acclaimed musicians in numerous chamber music series and ensembles including the Boston Pops Orchestra. Weiss was the principal flutist of the Virginia Symphony and has also served as flutist with the Mexico City Philharmonic, the State Orchestra of Mexico, and the Iceland National Symphony.
Alan Weiss has premiered a number of commissions and orchestra compositions, notably two operas of Philip Glass. He was the first American flutist to perform and record in concerto with the renowned George Enescu Bucharest Philharmonic since its inception in 1868. Weiss’s compact disc for Albany Records (sponsored in part by a grant from the Aaron Copland Foundation) which featured premier recordings of works of Robert Starer and Lester Trimble, received high acclaim in Gramophone Magazine. Alan’s most recent CD called Virtuoso Flutes Trios is on the Golden Tone label.
A former flute and chamber music professor for a decade at the Boston University College for the Arts and the Tanglewood Institute, Weiss is pleased that many of his students have won competitions and positions in professional orchestras. He performs on a custom-crafted hand-chased 14K gold flute with a 19.5K headjoint recently made for him by the William S. Haynes Company. He will be a “Guest Artist” at the 2012 James Galway International Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. Please visit Alan’s web site www.alanweissflute.com.
Ransom Wilson has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation. After graduation from the Juilliard School in 1973, he spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal. In 1976 he gave his official debut concert in New York City, with Rampal as his guest artist. An exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI followed soon thereafter, along with extensive performances all over the world.
As flute soloist, he has appeared in concert with some of the greatest orchestras and artists of our time, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Dolora Zajick, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, Barry Douglas, Peter Frankl, Robin Sutherland, and many others.
Ransom Wilson is turning increasingly to a career in orchestral and operatic conducting. He founded Solisti New York orchestra in 1981, with which he appeared as conductor in hundreds of concerts and recordings. More recently he has conducted two productions at the New York City Opera. Since 2006 he has been a member of the musical staff at the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, he is Artistic Director and conductor of a new ensemble, LE TRAIN BLEU, which recently received rave reviews for its debut performance at New York City’s innovative Galapagos Art Space.
He has appeared as guest conductor with England’s London Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra, the Hermitage State Orchestra in Russia, the Cracow Philharmonic (Poland), KBS Symphony (South Korea), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (with Sir James Galway), San Francisco Chamber Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Symphony, Budapest Strings, Hartford Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony.
In addition to his current work at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, Wilson has conducted numerous productions with the opera companies of Glimmerglass, Minnesota, and Portland. In 2004 he conducted the U.S. Premiere of Gounod’s comic opera Le médecin malgré lui (with recitatives by Erik Satie) at Yale University. Internationally, he has conducted operas at the Festival La Quincena in Spain, and the International Opera Center in Amsterdam.
Ransom Wilson hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Professor of Flute at Yale University, Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and Artistic Director of LE TRAIN BLEU ensemble.