Flutist Alan Weiss has been the Artist-in-Residence for the William S. Haynes Flute Company since 2004. He travels worldwide presenting recitals, masterclasses, history lectures and exhibits promoting Haynes Flutes. Mr. Weiss has been a member of the Boston Classical Chamber Orchestra 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 sub-principal flutist with the Mexico City Philharmonic, the State Orchestra of Mexico, and the Iceland National Symphony.
Alan Weiss has premiered a number of solo 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.
The Boston Globe recently reviewed his April 2014 concerto performance as “astonishing…simply lovely”. The American Record Guide reviewed his Mozart Concerto recording: “His sound is light and fluffy rendering every delicious note of this work in joyful, spontaneous fashion.” Gramophone Magazine wrote of his CD of works of Starer and Trimble: “Flautist Alan Weiss plays with appropriate understated eloquence.” The Japan Flute Magazine in 2007 commented that “Weiss handles his instrument like a voice”. The Flutist Quarterly mentioned in 2011 regards to his Golden Tone CD of virtuoso trios with flutist Paul Fried: “This CD (Virtuoso Flute Trios) is filled with variety, sonority, and style performed with elegance and sensitivity by two marvelous masters of the flute…”
A former flute and chamber music professor for a decade at the Boston University College for the Arts and the Tanglewood Institute, Alan 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. In 2014 he performed twice with Sir James Galway as well as with Lady Jeanne Galway. Please visit Alan’s web site www.alanweissflute.com.