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Hallfriour Olafsdottir: Interview April, ’15

First flute of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra What route did your studies take you? I first studied the flute in Iceland, my home country, with the English born Principal flute of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Wilkinson. He advised me to go abroad to summer...

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Christopher Green: Interview March, ’15

Principal Piccolo of the Royal Opera House Orchestra (Covent Garden - London) In your opinion, what are the main differences between playing in a pit orchestra and a symphony orchestra? If someone had asked me this question eight years ago I would have said that there...

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Kuhlau’s Solo Flute music – CD by Stefano Parrino

Kuhlau was born into s family of musicians on 11th September 1786. He studied composition with Christian Freidrich Gottlieb Schwenke, an ex-student of C. P. E. Bach. In 1813 he fled to Denmark from the French occupation of Germany, where he became the ‘Kings Chamber...

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Wissam Boustany: Interview Feb, ’15 – (Part 2)

You do a lot of touring/travelling, teaching, rehearsing. How do you practice to keep in shape? Discipline is KEY. But my understanding of the word ‘discipline’ is very different to the common interpretation of the word. Discipline to me means ‘to have the courage to...

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Wissam Boustany: Interview Jan, ’15 – (Part 1)

How did your studies prepare you for the orchestral world? The honest answer would have to be: My studies didn’t prepare me, which was certainly, at least partly my fault. But I also happen to believe that no educational institution should claim to be able to fully...

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Ian McLauchaln, Interview Dec, ’14

We know that you studied flute repair and headjoint making at the RNCM. Who were your teachers and who influenced you the most? I did indeed! I had a great time whilst I was there and met many interesting people. My first flute teacher at the Royal Northern College...

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Aldo Baerten: Interview, Sep ’14

First flute of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra What do think of Principal Chairs? Do you find this to be a useful resource for flute students and professionals? Congratulations; it is an extremely interesting site with lots of information, which can help...

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Netherlands Flute Academy (NEFLAC)

The Netherlands Flute Academy This summer I was lucky enough to attend the Netherlands Flute Academy (NEFLAC) summer school as a Young International Professional (YIP) in Amsterdam. This summer school is hosted by Emily Beynon, principal flute of the Royal...

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Lisa Beznosiuk: Interview, Aug ’14

How do you think a modern flute player should now approach classical and baroque repertoire? Would you recommend learning the traverso flute? Nowadays it is relatively easy to get hold of baroque and classical flutes, a wealth of music is readily available online and...

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Nikolai Popov: Interview, July ’14

You mentioned the Army. How did you manage to keep the flute practice up, if at all? I served in the Admiralteyskiy Military Orchestra of St. Petersburg. This was actually my first orchestral experience. Interestingly, if you look back at the...

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Zart Dombourian-Eby: Interview June ’14

This month we talk to Ms. Dombourian-Eby known to everyone as Zart She received her B.A. and M.M. degrees from Louisiana State University. After a year of study in Houston with Albert Tipton, she attended Northwestern University, where she earned a Doctor...

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Paul Edmund-Davies: Interview May’ 14 (Part 2)

Paul's Video Materclasses You are having a very varied career. Which aspects of it do you enjoy the most? So many! Whilst being a musician has many drawbacks, I would not have changed anything in my life so far and the future looks equally captivating. You...

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Paul Edmund-Davies: Interview Apr’ 14 (Part 1)

Paul has established his international reputation as flautist and soloist in the twenty years that he was Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra.   When you were at music college did you feel that your course really prepared you for...

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Stefano Parrno: Interview Feb, ’14

International Touring Flautist You studied all around Europe and had lessons with really great teachers, did you find the style of their playing and teaching is different? I think every teacher has his own idea about playing, although generally...

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Ian Clarke: Interview Jan, ’14

Do you think that in this climate one has to be able to do many things apart from just playing? It's a difficult balance between remaining focused enough to excel in any particular area, whilst at the same time developing a broad enough skill...

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Walter Auer: Interview Dec, ’13

Principal of the Vienna Philharmonic   How did your studies prepare you for the orchestral playing world? Who out of your teachers was the most helpful in that aspect? And why? When I think about it, apart from honing the usual orchestral...

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Michael Cox: Interview Oct, ’13

I had a period when I was a young player who wanted to be deep and meaningful and serious and sought to change the world. Lately I've become much more aware of how important the charm is in music, as well as all those other serious things. But...

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Louis Lots and Beyond

Louis Lots and Beyond: an interview with Michael Cox Does it make the sounds you want to make, does it “speak” to you? Will you be able to have a relationship with it? If you push it in this or that direction, will it respond?   How did you...

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