Vincenzo Volpe (USA) – June 20 2017

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“Exquisite soloist” – Cleveland Classical. A native of the U.S.A. and former student at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Vincenzo Volpe is completing final undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He is a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Akron Youth Symphony, and the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. He is a winner of the Akron Youth Symphony Concerto Competition 2013, the Case Western Reserve Concerto Competition 2016, the Case Western Reserve Ronis Memorial Recital Contest 2016, the Tuesday Musical Society Regional Concerto Competition 2016, and the Three Arts Club of Lakewood Scholarship Contest 2016.

On the international stage, Vincenzo has performed in Europe, North America, and South America including performances at the Canadian Flute Association Convention in Toronto, the National Flute Association in Chicago, and the International Festival of Flutists in Lima, Peru.

His teachers have included Ulla Miilmann and Russ Itani (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), Mary Kay Fink (Cleveland Orchestra), Katherine DeJongh (Canton Symphony Orchestra) and George Pope (Akron Symphony Orchestra).
Vincenzo Volpe received his BA in Music at Case Western Reserve Univ. and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, has performed abroad in Canada and Peru, and won the CWRU Concerto, Tuesday Musical Society, and Three Arts Club competitions of 2016.

Check out Vincenzo playing Schubert below!

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César Vivanco Sánchez (Peru) – Canadian debut June 18 2017

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Latin jazz flutist César Vivanco Sánchez is founder and artistic director of the International Flute Festival in Lima, Peru since 1986.

He studied in the National Conservatory of Music and in 1978 studied with Alfredo Ianelli in Argentina.

He was first flute of the National Symphonic Orchestra for 25 years and professor in the National Conservatory of Music since 1973.

He has been invited several times to participate in the International Flute Festival in Ecuador and to perform in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Alabama, Orebro, Bergen, Bonn, Cali, Cuenca, Cologne, Hamburg & Santiago.

His recorded work includes the soundtrack of several films and 3 CDs, “Te vi una vez”, “Costa, Sierra y Selva al estilo de César Vivanco” and “César Vivanco ¡¡¡Qué salsa tiene usted!!!”

In 2009 he was invited to Utah to perform, give master classes, introduce his compositions and to participate in the Vivaldi by Candlelight season and The Intermountain Acoustic Festival.

Check out some videos below!

Ayres Potthoff (Brazil) – Canadian debut June 18 2017

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Mr. Potthoff received a Master of Music Degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he studied with Celso Woltzenlogel. He later specialized in flute having studied with Keith Underwood and Ransom Wilson in New York. He is the one of founders of Brazilian Flute Association and has organized International Flute Festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. He was also the Executive Director of São Pedro Chamber Orchestra, founded by him in 1985.

Mr. Potthoff is frequently invited to perform alongside pianist Maly Weisenblum in such countries as the United States, France, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Spain, Peru and Ecuador. As a soloist, Mr. Potthoff has appeared with several orchestras such as the Japan Flute Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, the Federal University Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro and the São Pedro Chamber Orchestra. He is presently music professor at the Music Department of Instituto Porto Alegre, where he teaches Brazilian Music History.

Dr. Brielle Frost (USA) – Canadian debut June 19 2017

Briellepic-page-001An active musician and teacher, Dr. Brielle Frost has performed throughout the United States, Peru, Brazil, Italy, and Costa Rica. She has performed and taught at festivals and conventions such as the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, the Festival de Música Contemporânea Brasileira in Campinas, Brazil, Puccini Festival, MahlerFest, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Aquila Summer Concert Series, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the American Musicological Society. As an orchestral musician, she is a substitute flutist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and previously performed with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Dance Theatre Company. During the summer, Dr. Frost has held the position of flute instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI, where she has performed as a member of the Blue Lake faculty orchestra and wind ensemble. In addition to teaching and orchestral performing, Dr. Frost is an active chamber musician and is a founding member of the Ambrosia Flute Trio, which presented musical works at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2012 and in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013.

Dr. Frost received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Music degree and Artist Certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Her passion for contemporary music can be seen in her dissertation, Theatrical Elements in Tōru Takemitsu’s Voice and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Zungenspitzentanz. Her principal teachers include James Hall, Mary Posses, Angeleita Floyd, and Torleif Ander. Dr. Frost holds a lecturer position at the University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley where she teaches applied flute, methods courses, chamber music, flute choir, class piano, and music appreciation.

Check out a video of Brielle below!

Sergio Pallottelli (USA/Italy) – Toronto debut June 20 2017

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Sergio Pallottelli captivates and dazzles audiences worldwide. As a soloist and avid chamber musician, he has performed in halls of Europe, Australia, US and South America. Constantly in search of a new composition or a new piece to adapt for the flute, he offers elegant and passionate programming. Pallottelli communicates with his audiences in the most charismatic way, be it in major orchestra halls or chamber settings alike. His virtuosic and poetic style of playing has a human approach to it and is always at the service of music; his sound is alive and multicolored, his phrasing elegant yet daring. He is interested in a wide variety of styles, which drives him to collaborate with composers world-wide. His love for chamber music has brought him to perform with top musicians from five continents.

Pallottelli is equally at home playing and teaching music from the Baroque to our time, as well as music of Latin America. Having toured Central America and South America for over ten years, he has developed a deep passion for the music of Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Performing music of our time plays an important role in Pallottelli’s career as it is a living continuation of history and musical development; he frequently collaborates with composers to increase the repertoire for the flute and has premiered several new works for the instrument. This always opens new windows of knowledge, brings great freshness to his playing and broadens his musical horizon.

His concert seasons take him for recitals and chamber music collaborations in the US, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany, Canada, France and Italy on a regular basis. Pallottelli is director and faculty at the extremely successful Flauti al Castello, a ten day long flute class in the heart of Tuscany, joined by flutist Mark Sparks. He also is faculty of the Zodiac Academy and Festival in South of France every summer. He recently joined the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston.

In 2011 Pallottelli relocated to Houston, Texas. The new home has him teaching a private studio of advanced flutists, playing with the leading music organizations in the area, as well as pursuing a busy performing and teaching activity away from home. Prior to the move to Houston he lived in Connecticut, where he was adjunct flute faculty at University of Bridgeport as well as at the prestigious Taft School.

Pallottelli was born in New York City, of an Italian father, a journalist and photographer, and a German mother, a painter and textile designer, who raised him in Italy from an early age. Growing up in rural Tuscany, he lived the simple life, but was exposed to art and music for as long as he can remember. The house was always full of friends from all parts of the world, artists, singers, musicians and scientists. The languages spoken on a daily basis were Italian, English and German. Pallottelli later also became fluent in Spanish, as a result of his frequent travels to South and Central America. At high-school age he moved to Siena, to pursue more serious musical studies at the Conservatory. After high school he moved to Milan and entered the Conservatory, graduating shortly after. He has lived in Milan, Monterchi, Siena, Salt Lake City, New Haven and Houston. Thanks to his travels and many close friendships both within and outside the music world, there are many places he calls home, in Europe, Latin America and North America.

Pallottelli holds performance degrees from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy, University of Utah and Yale School of Music. He spent several summers working intensely with French flute legend Maxence Larrieu, who taught with great discipline, style and verve, to make a significant impression on Pallottelli’s playing and musicianship.

Pallottelli plays on an all wood flute made by Powell Flutes of Boston with a Cocus wood head joint made by Tobias Mancke of Germany. He maintains a web presence at http://www.sergiopallottelli.com

Check out Sergio playing Mozart below!

Dr. Christine Beard (USA) June 20 2017

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Described by the Canadian journal Flute Focus as “…having
shattered any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers,” flutist Christine Erlander Beardenjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. A passionate performer noted for her “warm lyricism” (BFS journal, Pan 2014), she has performed extensively across North America, South America and Europe, including thirteen conventions of the National Flute Association and three British Flute Society International Conventions, as well as flute events in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Belgium, France, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain and The Netherlands. She can be heard alongside the French piccolo legend Jean-Louis Beaumadier on his newest CD, Postcards: World Piccolo, Vol. 2, released in September 2015 on the SKARBO label; and with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band on their inaugural CD, Victorian Era Music for Brass Band by Thomas Coates, released on the MSR Classics label (November 2015).

 Beard’s engagements in 2016-2017 include appearing as a concerto soloist with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Mendoza in Argentina (September); serving as a guest artist at the VII Encontro Internacional de Flautistas do RS in Porto Alegre, Brazil (October); making her second appearance as a guest artist for the Toronto Latin American Music Festival (April); and festival appearances in Canada, Portugal, Costa Rica and Ecuador (June/July). Her debut solo CD, “To the Nth Degree” featuring music for piccolo by Matt Smith, David Loeb, Herman Beeftink, Derek Charke, Dana Wilson and Christopher Caliendo will be released in 2017, and she will also join the artist-faculty at the InterHarmony International Music Festivalin Italy in July 2017.

As a chamber artist, Christine regularly performs as a member of Zephyrus with percussionist, Tomm Roland. Formed in 2010, this duo has toured across the United States, and has been featured at the Festival of New American Music (CA) and at the Festival Flautas del Mundo in Argentina. After meeting at the 2014 flute festival in Peru, Beard has also formed a duo with Brazilian guitarist/composer Daniel Wolff. Building off the success of their individual solo careers, the Beard-Wolff Duo gave their inaugural performances in the USA and Peru (April 2015), and Brazil (September 2015), and the duo’s 2016 schedule included a featured performance at the Adams International Flute Festival in The Netherlands (April 2016), a concert at the 44th National Flute Association Convention (August 2016), and performances in Porto Alegre, Brazil (October 2016).

 Passionate about collaborating with composers, Christine has commissioned and/or premiered dozens of new works from composers across the globe, most recently “Haven” for piccolo and piano by Nebraska-based composer Daniel Baldwin, and “California Card” for 2 flutes, cello and guitar by Daniel Wolff, both of which she premiered at the 44th NFA Convention to enthusiastic reviews. In October 2016, she premiered a new trio entitled “Birds” for piccolo, flute and cello by  American composer Herman Beeftink while in Brazil (October 2016), collaborating with Canadian flutist Christopher Lee and Brazilian cellist Rodrigo Alquati.

In 2007, Beard founded the International Piccolo Symposium (www.piccolosymposium.com), an intense 4-day workshop held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The goal of IPS is to bring piccolo players and enthusiasts together from all over the world to learn about and discuss solo, chamber and orchestral music featuring the piccolo, and pedagogical issues specific to the piccolo, led by some of the world’s leading piccolo players. A member of the NFA’s piccolo committee and a contributing editor for the NFA’s The Flutist Quarterly, Christie’s pedagogical articles and columns have been published in Flute Talk, The Flutist Quarterly, Flutewise, and The Instrumentalist.

Beard earned her MM and DMA in flute performance from The University of Texas at Austin where she was a student of Karl F. Kraber. She joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002 where she was named UNO’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor in 2011, and received the Regents-Foundation Professorship in 2013 for outstanding creative activity and research. At UNO, Christine teaches flute, woodwind pedagogy, chamber music, contemporary music literature, and heads UNO’s contemporary music program as the director of Ensemble 768. Christine has performed on a 5k Sankyo flute with an 18k headjoint (also by Sankyo), and she was named to the Sankyo Flutes international artist roster in July 2016. Her piccolo is a Roy Seaman Ltd, on which she uses headjoints by Tobias Mancke (Germany) and Julio Hernandez (Argentina).

Check out a video of Christine playing Ginastera!

Dr. Laurel Swinden (Canada) June 19 2017

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Self-confessed “flute nerd” Canadian flutist Laurel Swinden has been praised for her sweet and distinct tone…breathtaking in colour (Whole Note). Dr. Swinden feels fortunate to embrace a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, orchestral musician, pedagogue, clinician and music scholar.

Not daunted by any musical challenge, Laurel is equally at home with 18th century through 21st century repertoire, whether it be a premiere of a contemporary electroacoustic work, new arrangements for flute with brass, standard of the flute repertoire, works for piccolo, alto and bass flute, eighteenth-century Scottish works on traverso and keyed flutes, or Irish and Scottish flute tunes. “If its great music, its worthy of playing!”

Recent performances as an invited guest artist include recitals at the Festivales Internacionales des Flautistas in Lima, Peru, National Flute Association Conventions, the Sichuan Conservatory, Canadian Flute Conventions, and the Perimeter Institute. In addition to her positions as Principal Flute of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and solo piccolo of the Scarborough Philharmonic, Dr. Swinden has performed with the Musicians of Orchestra London, Windsor Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Memphis Symphony, Mississippi Symphony and Tupelo Symphonies.

Lauded as “beautifully played…” with “…her very musical phrasing is matched in every turn by longtime collaborator, Stephanie Mara…” (Audiophilia), Laurel’s CD Celebrating Women: Music for Flute and Piano by Women Composers is the first of a mult-CD Celebrating Women Project. Her successive CD Celebrating Canadian Women! has received generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dr. Swinden is a Special Instructor of Flute at the University of Windsor, Instructor of Flute at the University of Guelph and Flute Faculty at the Laurier Conservatory of Music. Laurel is an invited Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Nebraska Omaha for the Spring semester 2017. In demand as a clinician, teacher, adjudicator, coach and examiner, Dr.Swinden adjudicates at festivals across Canada, the United States and Peru. She has served as a juror for the Ontario Arts Council and the National Flute Association’s Myrna Brown International Scholarship competition. Dr. Swinden has given masterclasses in China, Peru, the United States and across Canada. In addition to her home studio in Cambridge, Ontario, Laurel gives Skype lessons to flutists all over the globe.

Dr. Swinden earned a DMA in Flute Performance as a Fellowship recipient at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Toronto Symphony Principal Flute Nora Schulman and traverso with Alison Melville. Her training includes residencies at the Banff Centre and the Harid Conservatory (now Lynn University.) Laurel sought additional training in masterclasses and lessons with Jim Walker, Jeffrey Zook, Jan Gippo, Leone Buyse, Kathleen Rudolph, Bernard Goldberg, Keith Underwood, Philippe-Alain Dupré, Lisa Besnoziuk and Carol Wincenc.

Dr. Swinden gratefully acknowledges support from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Federation of University Women, Waterloo Region Arts Council, Tafelmusik, David and Marcia Beach Scholarship fund, and the London Music Scholarship Foundation.