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DANIELLE EDEN is a recognized authority on the piccolo. She has presented numerous master classes and lectures on the development of the piccolo throughout Europe and Australia. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, she studied with Sebastian Bell and Francis Nolan, obtaining the Advanced Performer's diploma and the Master of Music degree from the University of London. An experienced orchestral musician and chamber music player, she has presented many recitals including the first solo piccolo recital at the London's South Bank Centre. With her doctoral thesis on the piccolo recently completed, Eden is currently preparing for publication by Tony Bingham, London, a text on the detailed history of this instrument. Her method books Piccolo! Piccolo!, Volumes 1 and 2, are published by Just Flutes Edition.
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JACK WELLBAUM was the solo piccolo player of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 40 years (1950-1990) and also served as personnel manager of that orchestra. He was the principal flutist with the Cincinnati Summer Opera Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and he was on the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Presently he is Adjunct Professor of Flute and Piccolo at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati Mr. Wellbaum studied with Robert Cavally at the College-Conservatory of Music, and he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award there in 1985. His students occupy many positions in orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Mr. Wellbaum is the co-author of Facing the Maestro: A Guide to Orchestral Auditions, published in 1983 by the American Symphony Orchestra League; and he co-authored, with Martha Rearick, Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo with Piano Accompaniment, published by Theodore Presser in 1999.
JOHN KRELL (1915-1999) graduated from the University of Michigan in 1937 and studied flute at the Curtis Institute of Music with the late William Kincaid. He was a member of the American Youth Symphony from 1941 under Stokowski. He played flute in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington from 1947-1951 and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1952 as solo piccolo, a position in which he remained until his retirement in 1981. Mr. Krell was an instructor of flute at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia Musical Academy, Temple University, and the Settlement Music School. His published works include 20th Century Orchestra Studies for Flute (G. Schirmer), and Kincaidiana: A Flute Player's Notebook (1973), about the work and technique of his teacher, William Kincaid. A revised and expanded edition of the book was published in 1996 by the NFA. Mr. Krell received the Citation of Merit from the University of Michigan, the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given by the Philadelphia Orchestra for outstanding service, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Flute Association in 1995.
At age 14, LAURIE SOKOLOFF auditioned and was accepted at the Curtis and the following year began her studies with William Kincaid, former principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She graduated the Curtis Institute at 18 and was at that time the contracted piccoloist with Philadelphia's two opera companies and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Sokoloff has been the solo piccoloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1969. She has performed the Vivaldi and the Liebermann Piccolo Concerti with the orchestra. She has given piccolo master classes at the Peabody Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music and is currently teaching flute and piccolo at Peabody. She was for several years chairperson of the National Flute Association's Piccolo Committee and coordinator of their Piccolo Artist Competition. In the summer of 2000 she premiered a piece written for her by Michael Daugherty at the National Flute Association Convention.
LIOR EITAN has been piccolo player of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988. Prior to Joining the IPO, he served as principal flutist of the Israel Sinfonietta, Beer-Sheva (1985-1988). Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he studied with Uri Shoham, former principal flutist of the IPO, and completed his studies in Switzerland with Peter Lukas Graf and Andras Adorjan. Appointed to the IPO by its Music Director Zubin Mehta, he has performed under Barenboim, Bernstein, Levine, Masur, Mehta, Sawallisch, Solti, among others, in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls and festivals. He can be heard on the orchestra's numerous recordings for Sony Classical, Teldec and Deutsche Gramophon. He has also recorded a recital of both flute and piccolo with harp. As a piccolo virtuoso, Lior contributes greatly to the promotion of awareness and knowledge of this unique instrument, in his appearances as soloist, in his master classes and in his commissions of original works. As part of his strong belief that the piccolo is musically unlimited, Lior includes in his large repertoire masterworks such as the Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert and the Adagio and Allegro op. 70 by Schumann. He has also recently arranged Telemann’s Quartet in D minor for Piccolo and string orchestra, and transcribed Weber’s Andante and Rondo Ungarese and Tchaikovsky’s Roccoco Variations. Lior is also the editor of "Music for Piccolo", a series regularly published by Or Tav Music Publications. Lior made his debut as soloist at the age of 13 with the chamber orchestra of his hometown, Holon. Since then he has performed as soloist with most of the Israeli orchestras, including the IPO. Lior appears in recitals throughout Israel, performing on all members of the flute family. In recent years he has also played in Great Britain, China, India, Jordan and the U.S. In 2005, he performed Avner Dorman's Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra at the NFA Convention.
MATJAŽ DEBELJAK (b. 1961) is a piccoloist and flautist in the orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet in Ljubljana, as well as a teacher at the Secondary Music School in Celje. He graduated in 1994 from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana under the mentorship of Professor Fedja Rupel. Debeljak played in the Slovene Police Orchestra for thirteen years, and was a member of the FOReM flute quartet. He occasionally works with other orchestras and is often in demand as a piccoloist (by, for example, the RTV Slovenia Symphoy Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovene Philharmonic, the Academia Ars Musicae orchestra and others). Debeljak has played with conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Rudolf Baršaj, Serge Baudo, Stefan Sanderling, David de Villers and Dieter Rossberg. He has appeared as a piccolo soloist at international festivals (in Zagorje and Belgrade) and concert evenings (Tuesday evenings, Concert Studio of the DSS, The Night of Slovene Composers, etc.). In 2000 he recorded and published his first CD, together with the pianist Vlasta Doležal Rus, entitled Grafiti. He also records for Radio Slovenia. Slovene composers have written nine compositions for piccolo and dedicated them to him: from pieces for piccolo solo to works for piccolo and piano, for two piccolos, for piccolo, bassoon and piano, as well as for three piccolos and piano. In May 2006 he released his new CD entitled Prebliski ("Ideas").
LEONARD GARRISON Assistant Professor of Flute and Aural Skills at in the Lionel Hampton School of Music at The University of Idaho, flutist in The Northwest Wind Quintet andThe Scott/Garrison Duo, and Principal Flutist of the Walla Walla Symphony. He also teaches and performs at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He has recorded a solo CD for Capstone Records and been a soloist on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, concerto soloist on both flute and piccolo with several orchestras and bands, and a frequent performer at National Flute Association conventions. He has performed in the Chicago Symphony (including a 2004 tour of Japan), the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Tulsa Philharmonic and Tulsa Opera Orchestra, the Scotia Festival, and the Music Festival of Arkansas. The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk have published his articles, and he has served as Treasurer and Secretary of The National Flute Association. Leonard holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef. He received MM and MA degrees from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Samuel Baron. His BM is from the The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where his teacher was Robert Willoughby.
LOIS HERBINE is flutist with Orchestra 2001. She has performed with the new music ensemble since 1988 and has recorded on bass flute, flute and piccolo on their "Music of Our Time" series for CRI. Her first solo CD of premiere recordings for piccolo was released October, 2004 on the Crystal label with assistance from the Leeway Foundation. Ms.Herbine has performed with Peter Nero's Philly Pops since 2000 and acted principal for the Pops' sold out inaugural season at the Kimmel Center. Her flute and piccolo have been highlighted in orchestral soundtracks for specials on HBO and TNT and in weekly television and radio theme music. Ms. Herbine is a regular contributor to Flute Talk and has just completed an article on the comparative pedagogy of the legendary flutist William Kincaid and oboist Marcel Tabuteau for this magazine as well as a lecture transcript for The Flutist Quarterly. She earned her BM from the New School of Music, Philadelphia, receiving the school's highest honors in performance and academic achievement. In her final year she won the Philadelphia Musical Society's solo competition and was granted a debut solo recital at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. A native of the Philadelphia area, she studied with Ellen Finks, Nancy Metroka, Frank Versaci, Deborah Carter, John Krell, David Cramer and Kazuo Tokito. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Herbine was invited to give a solo performance for the Republican Governors' Association at the Republican National Convention. She has performed or recorded premieres by Vincent Persichetti, Gunther Schuller, David Finko, Daniel Dorff, Andrea Clearfield, Peter Schickele, Gwyneth Walker, David Loeb, Sophia Gubaidulina, Michael Daugherty and Bernard Hermann, among others.
NICOLA MAZZANTIhas been the piccolo flute soloist in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra since 1988; his performance received acknowledgements from conductors such as Mehta, Bychkov, Slatkin, Mata and many others. In previous years, he played in many important national orchestras: RAI in Milan, ATER in Parma, ADIMOS in Florence, and Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia. Nicola graduated in 1982 from the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence after studying with Sergio Giambi. He later attended courses and master classes with important soloists such as Mario Ancillotti, Aurèle Nicolet, Maxence Larrieu, Emmanuel Pahud and James Galway. A turning point in his education was the meeting with Raymond Guiot at the Italian Flute Academy in Rome, from which he graduated upon completion of a three-year program. In 1986, Nicola Mazzanti earned a degree with full marks from D.A.M.S. (University of Arts and Music) with a thesis in Music History. He also contributes regularly to “Syrinx”, the Italian Flute Academy’s quarterly magazine, with a column on the piccolo flute, its technique and repertoire. Nicola performs intensely both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles in Italy and abroad including performances at the 2005 National Flute Association convention in San Diego. Since 1982, he has taught at the “G.Verdi” music school in Prato.
NAN RAPHAEL is currently active as a clinician, guest soloist and recording artist with the Washington Winds. Serving as with the U.S. Army Field Band from 1979 to 2003, Ms. Raphael performed as a featured soloist with the band on several major tours in the U.S. and abroad. In 1991 and 1998, Ms. Raphael was a winner of the Professional Flute Choir Competition for the National Flute Conventions in Washington, DC and Phoenix, AZ. In August 2002, Ms. Raphael premiered a solo written specially for the US Army Field Band's appearance at the National Flute Convention in Washington, DC and in 2003 was catalogued with Walking Frog Records on a recording of music for piccolo and piano titled Short and Sweet.
MORGAN WILLIAMS - Piccoloist in the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and a regular contributer of piccolo articles to Flute Talk. More info coming soon.
WALFRID KUJALA was the piccoloist of the Chicago Symphony from 1954 through 2001. He joined the Northwestern University faculty as professor of flute in 1962. Previously he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and taught at the Eastman School, where he received his BM and MM degrees. He is also a former principal flutist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kujala has been a frequent soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered Gunther Schuller's flute concerto, which was dedicated to him, in 1988. Mr. Kujala is a past president of the National Flute Association, the author of a textbook, The Flutist's Progress, and a consulting editor of several music publications, including Flute Talk. His latest book, The Flutist's Vade Mecum of Scales, Arpeggios, Trills and Fingering Technique (Progress Press) was a winner of the NFA's 1996 Newly Published Music Competition. He is recipient of the National Flute Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the Northwestern University School of Music Exemplar in Teaching Award. His teachers include Joseph Mariano and Parker Taylor.
MARY KAY FINK has been the Cleveland Orchestra piccoloist since 1990. She received a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School. In 1986 she won the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and gave her formal debut recital in 1987 at Carnegie Recital Hall. She appears frequently as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and has also appeared as soloist with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Bismark Symphony, the Madison Symphony, and as a youth soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony. She formerly was a member of the New Jersey and Madison symphonies, and performed as an extra with the New York Philharmonic on many occasions. She currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
In Cleveland she is an active recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to standard repertoire, she has performed extensively on baroque flute as a member of the Cleveland Camerata and has regularly debuted new chamber works as a member of the Cleveland Chamber Collective.
JAN GIPPO is the piccoloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves on the faculties of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, St. Louis University, Webster University, and is Director of Chamber Music at Webster University. Jan has studied flute and piano since he was six years old with the following impressive teachers: John May, William Corbett Jones, Yaada Weber, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Lois Schaefer, Julius Baker, and Walfrid Kujala. A member of the Webster Wind Quintet, he is also the Principal Flutist for the Bach Society. He has previously been associated with the St. Louis Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Director), and the Kammer Guild Orchestra. Jan also provides private flute and piccolo instruction, and is a contributing editor and regular columnist for Flute Talk magazine. He has also performed at several NFA conventions, and in 1996 at the New York convention premiered the Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra by Lowell Liebermann, a work commissioned by Gippo.
SUSAN GLASER has performed as a soloist to critical and audience acclaim in the United States, Japan, England, Switzerland, Scotland, Canada, Ireland and Mexico. She also has produced a CD of contemporary piccolo music entitled Bittersweet Music, and debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Glaser has championed new music throughout her career, commissioning and premiering works by major new composers. Her recitals and CD's have been broadcast on major good music stations in Boston, New York, and Chicago, and she is the founder and artistic director of The Azure Ensemble. She holds a doctorate from The Julliard School, was the recipient of a Fulbright grant for study in Vienna, and has been the flute professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently serves on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, and gives an annual flute master class at the Mannes College of Music.
ZART DOMBOURIAN-EBY, principal piccoloist of the Seattle Symphony, is regularly featured as both a flute and piccolo soloist with the orchestra. A native of New Orleans, she received her BA and MM degrees from Louisiana State University. After a year of study with Albert Tipton, she attended Northwestern University, where she earned a Doctor of Music degree under the tutelage of Walfrid Kujala, and also coached with Donald Peck. Her doctoral paper, The Piccolo in the 19th Century, represents the only extensive research ever undertaken on the piccolo in that era. Dombourian-Eby has performed on concert series and given master classes throughout the country. Her solo CD, In Shadow, Light, is produced by Crystal Records.
PHILIP SWANSON has had an extensive career as a professional orchestral flutist, university professor, solo and chamber music performer, private and master class teacher/clinician and as a university music/fine arts administrator. His teaching and administrative career in higher education has included full-time appointments at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Arizona, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Redlands and Northern Arizona University. He received his academic degrees and the Performer's Certificate in Flute from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Joseph Mariano. As an orchestral flutist, Philip has held positions as principal flutist with the North Carolina Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Arizona Opera Company Orchestra, Flagstaff Summer Festival Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside County Philharmonic, Lake Arrowhead Festival Orchestra and the Desert Symphony. In addition, he held positions as piccoloist/flutist with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with many of these orchestras and has often been guest soloist with community orchestras, university orchestras and wind ensembles. He has also performed frequently as soloist and chamber musician at the annual Sedona Chamber Music Festival and has given countless solo recitals throughout the U.S. and the U.K. In 1972 he was one of the founders of the National Flute Association, where he served as its first treasurer, co-chair of the program committee for the first convention and a member of the board of directors for many years. In June of 2000, Philip retired from Northern Arizona University where he had been Professor of Flute for a decade. He now resides in Tucson, Arizona where he continues to teach privately and remains active as a flute soloist, clinician, master class teacher and orchestral/chamber music flutist.
ROBERTO FABBRICIANI, former piccolo in Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, worked with some of the most important composer of XXth century like Cage, Clementi, Donatoni, Feld, Ferneyhough, Francaix, Krenek, Kurtag, Morricone, Nono, Petrassi, Rihm, Sciarrino, and Stockhausen. He played in many international festivals including La Biennale (Venice, Italy), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence, Italy), the Spoleto Festival, Salzburg Festival, Donaueschinger, Berlin, Paris, and with important orchestras as La Scala Orchestra, Milan, Accademia of Santa Cecilia, Rome, London Sinfonietta and Philharmonic Orchestras of Munich and St. Petersburg. He played as soloist under Claudio Abbado, Luciano Berio, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Bruno Maderna, Zoltan Pesko, and Giuseppe Sinopoli. He teaches master classes at Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. [This bio was graciously provided by Maurizio Mattei, a former student of Nicola Mazzanti, located near Florence, Italy].
PICCOLO PLAYER PROFILES
PICCOLO PLAYER PROFILES
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Master Sergeant CYNTHIA RUGOLO joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as its piccoloist in July 1993. MSgt Rugolo began her musical instruction at age 10 and graduated in 1979 from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1983 and a master’s degree in performance from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1987. She studied flute with James Hamilton of the Kansas City Philharmonic, John Boulton of the University of Kansas, and Deborah Baron of the Dallas Symphony. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MSgt Rugolo performed with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in Tyler and the Dallas Wind Symphony.
KATE PRESTIA-SCHAUB has a Masters degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree from Indiana University. She is the winner of the 2002 National Flute Association Young Artist’s Piccolo Competition, the 2001 Indiana University Flute Concerto Competition, and the 1997 Denver Young Artists Concerto Competition, among other contests. She made her solo piccolo debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at age 18. Additionally, she has been a soloist with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, The Denver Concert Band, and the Pasadena Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Ms. Prestia-Schaub has performed solo recitals in Colorado, Chicago, Indiana, Pasadena, Los Angeles, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. She has held teaching positions with the European School of Music (Torrance, CA); The Korean School of Music (Van Nuys, CA); The Seoul Academy of Music (La Crescenta, CA); and the Old Town Conservatory of Music (Pasadena, CA). Kate is on the adjunct faculty for the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA where she gives master classes and sectionals. She is the development director at the Old Town Conservatory in Pasadena where she is a grant-writer for community outreach music education programs and scholarships for the conservatory youth orchestra program. Currently she enjoys teaching a full studio of young flutists, preparing for competitions, and performing recitals. Her primary teachers have been Maralyn Prestia, Kate Lukas, Tom Robertello, and Jim Walker.
JEAN-LOUIS BEAUMADIER began his studies of flute with Joseph Rampal at the academy of Marseilles, and continued in Paris at the Higher National Academy with Jean-Pierre Rampal. Soloist of the National Orchestra of France for twelve years, he became thereafter - thanks to its abundant discography (Great Price of the Academy Charles Cros), with his concerts in Europe, the United States, the Far East, and with his collection for the piccolo with the Billaudot Editions - one of the whole first representatives of the flute-piccolo in the world.
Orchestral musician and teacher BARONE, CLEMENT (JR.) (1921-2004) played piccolo in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra for over forty years. A native of Philadelphia, Barone played an open g-sharp system, which he learned from his first teacher, his flutist-father Clemente Barone. Subsequent teachers included Joseph La Monaca, Frank Versaci, Fernando Morrone, and the eminent William Kincaid, who recommended Barone for his first major orchestral position: piccolo and assistant first flute in the Houston Symphony Orchestra. While playing in Houston, Barone secured and refined his piccolo technique performing for conductors Efrem Kurtz, Sir Thomas Beecham, and Leopold Stokowski. In 1959 Barone moved to Detroit to play piccolo in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under principal conductor Paul Paray. During his thirty-two year career in Detroit, Barone collaborated with fellow flutists Albert Tipton, Irvin Gilman, and later members, Ervin Monroe, Shaul Ben-Meir, and Robert Patrick. [Bio taken from the abstract, The professional life and pedagogy of Clement Barone, by Emily Butterfield]. [Photo courtesy of John Rush].
FREDERICK SHADE, one of Australia's most respected flautists, enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, regularly appearing as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and in recital. He was appointed as Principal Piccolo in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1977, a position in which he remained until his retirement in 2002. He is also a Tutor at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. In addition to his performing work he is an active teacher and examiner, and he was the national President of the Australian Flute Association from 1986 to 1988. Fred commissioned numerous works from Australian composers, including two concertos for piccolo and orchestra, both of which have received critical acclaim. He was invited to perform and participate at the National Flute Association Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, in August 1998 at which he performed the piccolo concerto he commissioned from the Australian composer Michael Easton.
CLEMENTE BARONE (SR.) (1877-1934) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as 3rd flute/piccolo at age 22. In 1907 he became that orchestra's 1st flute for 5 years. In 1911 he accepted the position of studio flutist with the Victor Talking Machine Co. orchestra, which he kept at least until 1928.
ALBERT FRANSELLA (ca.1866-1934), although of Italian background, was raised in Holland. He received his musical instruction from his father, an esteemed flutist in Amsterdam, learning on the old concial bore 8-keyed flute. After launching a successful career in Holland and elsewhere, Fransella went to England after refursing a tempting offer from France. In London he adopted Boehm system instruments. He successfully held London's principal orchestral positions along with appointments at the Guildhall School of Music and Trinity College.
SIGNOR DECARLO was piccoloist in Patrick Gilmore's Band for 16 years. At least one piece was dedicated to him: "Kinloch O' Kinloch" for piccolo and band by J. Occa.
JEAN and PIERRE GENNIN made many successful recordings of their own dazzling and brilliant compositions in the late 1920's with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In "live" concerts, Jean was the principal flute and Pierre the solo piccolo. (Note that they are not related to Paul A. Genin, he french flautidt/composer in the 2nd half of the 19th c.)
ELI HUDSON (1877-1919) was perhaps the greatest virtuoso piccolo player this century, even though he stopped recording in 1910. He learned to play the piccolo at the age of 5 and by age 7 was already performing in public. He studied with his father and with A.P. Vivian and W.L. Barrett at the Royal College of Music in London, playing on an 1867 system flute on which he remained all his life. Eventually appointed principal flute of the London Symphony, he was also a faculty member at the Royal College of Music and became Professor at the Royal Military School of Music-Kneller Hall in London. Along with his sister, Elgar (reall name Winnie) and his wife Olga (real name Eleanor), both of whome were fine flutists, they toured widely as a trio, with much success.
MARSHALL P. LUFSKY (1878-1948) was born in Milwaukee, WI from parents of German descent. His first teacher was Carl Woempner, a noted orchestra flutist in Minneapolis. In 1900, Lufsky accepted a position with the Sousa Band, initially playing E-flat clarinet fo 2 seasons before replacing Eugene C. Rose as first flute. During 7 full seasons with the Sousa Band, Lufsky made 4 European tours and one around the world, beside the numerous North American tours. Like other Sousa Band soloists - under contracts in Merica with the Voctor Talking Machine Company - Lufsky even managed to do some recordings for the studios of Disques Odeon while on tour wit Sousa's band in Europe. Between 1902-1909, close to 100 recordings featuring Lufsky on piccolo were issued, either as solist or in duet with other piccoloists and other instruments, besides his production on the flute. In 1906 Lufsky became associated with the Columbia Phonograph Co., acting as flutist in their studio orchestra for 14 years. While living in NY during the 1920's he was occasionally hired by the Metropolitan Opera and the Philharmonic Society of NY.
DARIUS LYONS (1870-ca.1926) was born and raised in St. Paul, MN where he began his study on the flute and became the leading player of that city. He soon went to Chicago for further study and finally to New York where his talent made him well known. There he filled the positions as soloist with the Victor Herbert Orchestra and the Savage Grand Opera Company. Later he played in Sousa's Band and remained with them for 6 years. With that band he performed countless artistic flute obligati with the famous soprano soloists featured during several transcontinental and European tours. Lyons also spent some time with the famous Arthur Pryor Band before being engaged as flute and piccolo soloist with Victor Talking Machine's first permanent studio orchestra in 1905.
FRANK S. MAZZIOTTA was mostly a studio soloist for several early USA based record labels ca.1900-1906. Mazziotta was active first on Edison and later on Zonophone and Berliner record labels (the latter eventually became Victor in America).
WEYERT A. MOOR was, for many years, solo flutist and orchestra manager of he Cleveland Symphony earlier in the 20th century. His recording of Through the Air (by A. Damm) - perhaps the most popular of all piccolo compositions written in America - was widely distributed at the time by The Edison Co. on both disc records and Blue Amberol Cylindes.
JULIUS SCHULHOFF was one of several featured pccoloists in the Berlin recording studios at the turn of the century.
GEORGE C. SCHWEINFEST was the busiest piccloist in the early recording era. He began recording on the Edison label in 1889 and also performed as pianist and violinist and recorded on several other labels in the New York city area between 1890-1900. He is credited with over 250 piccolo solo recordings.
MEREDITH WILSON (1902-1984) is best-known for his Broadway scores for The Music Man (1957) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960), and as the composer of the holiday standard "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." The native Iowan auditioned for John Philip Sousa at the age of 17, who signed him up for a nationwide tour with his famous band. He remained with Sousa for three seasons from 1921-1923, touring the United States, Mexico, Cuba and Canada. In 1925 Willson joined the New York Philharmonic as flutist, performing under such conductors as Toscanini, Furtwängler, Mengelberg, Goossens, Reiner, Stravinsky, and others.
Other Golden Age piccoloists about whom not much information is known include:
LEON FONTBONNE - flutist in the Garde Repubicaine band in Paris
LEON JACQUEMONT - flutist in the Garde Repubicaine band in Paris
GASTON BOISNE - flutist in the Garde Repubicaine band in Paris
H. ARAND - recorded for the German branch of HMV in 1908
J. ASCHKE - recorded for the German branch of HMV in 1908
A.B. KURTH - recorded for the German branch of HMV in 1908
PICCOLO PLAYERS FROM THE "GOLDEN AGE"
(Biographical Info for most of the Players Listed Below was Taken from the Liner Notes in the
NICOLE ESPOSITO, a native of North Adams, MA, is currently the Principal Flute of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral piccolo player, she has performed under some of the worlds leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano, Micheal Stern, David Robertson, and Andrew Litton. Nicole has been the Piccolo Fellow for the Aspen Music Festival and has also been Principal Flute of the Ohio Light Opera, where she can be heard on three recordings (Albany Records). Other summer festivals she has participated in include the Brevard Music Center, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the National Orchestral Institute. Very active on the competition scene, Nicole was the first piccolo player ever admitted to compete in the prestigious Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition, and has also been a finalist in the National Flute Associations Piccolo Artist and Young Artist Competitions. Recently, she won the Mathilda Heck Woodwind Award at the WAMSO Competition in Minneapolis and Second Prize in the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Competition. Nicole received her Bachelors Degree in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with former New York Philharmonic Principal, Jeanne Baxtresser. She won first prize in the 2001 Concerto Competition, and performed the Liebermann Piccolo Concerto with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Nicole completed her Masters Degree at the University of Michigan as a student of Amy Porter, where at the request of composer Micheal Daughery, she recorded his piece, The High and the Mighty for piccolo and piano. In addition to performing, Nicole has taught for the past two summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and is an active writer and adjudicator. She resides in Iowa City, IA with her husband, pianist Alan Huckleberry.
Last Update: 5/18/2009
WILLIAM HEIM attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with William Kincaid. In the early stages of his career, he played with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner, toured with the orchestra of the Ballet of Monte Carlo and played in the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini. Heim joined the New York Philharmonic in 1944 and remained a member of the orchestra as flutist and principal piccoloist until 1979. In the early 1960's, he recorded Vivaldi's Concerto in C for Piccolo and Orchestra (P. 79), under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, for Columbia Masterworks. Mr. Heim taught for several years at Hofstra University.
WILLIAM HEBERT was the solo piccolo player of the Cleveland Orchestra for 41 years (1947-1988) and was previously a member of the New York City Center Symphony, Opera, and Ballet. He has been featured as soloist in concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Women's Orchestra, and the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival. Mr. Hebert has taught at Kent State University, the Blossom Festival School, and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, where he was a member of the faculty woodwind quintet. His many students hold positions in orchestras and universities throughout the country. He studied at the Longy School in Cambridge with James Pappoutsakis and at the Juilliard School with Arthur Lora. (Info provided by J. Tyson Merrill).
ETHAN M. STANG (1925-2005) - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's principle piccolo player for more than 40 years and a former professor at Carnegie Mellon University. There is a nice write-up about his life and accomplishments which appeared in his obituary HERE.
ROMA DUNCAN KANSARA was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and grew up in the province of Newfoundland, where she began playing flute at the age of 11. She was later awarded a full scholarship to attend McGill University, where she was a member of the Dean’s Honor List each term, and earned a BM degree with High Distinction in Flute. She was then awarded a full fellowship for studies at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MM degree. Her most influential teachers are Jeffery Zook, Carolyn Christie, and Clement Barone. As a student, she participated in various competitions, taking first place in the CIBC National Music Festival, winning the concerto competitions of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres and McGill University, and earning the Prix du Club Musical de Quebec from l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. She has been a featured soloist with several orchestras, including l’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, and the Windsor Symphony. In Sommerfest 2005, Roma was the featured soloist in the Minnesota Orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Piccolo. Prior to her appointment in 2003 as the Piccolo player of the Minnesota Orchestra, Roma was a member of several professional orchestras, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Orchestra London Canada, and the Ann Arbor, Windsor, and Warren Symphony Orchestras. She has held principal flute, second flute, and piccolo chairs in different symphonies. Her first professional job was second flute and piccolo in the Windsor Symphony, and it was this position that kindled her interest in the piccolo and inspired her to study this instrument with Jeffery Zook, the Piccolo player of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
STEWART MCILLWHAM began his studies at the Douglas Academy Music School in Glasgow with John Wiggins. He continued his studies at the GSMD under Peter Lloyd, before being appointed principal piccolo of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985, a position held until 1990. As a student, McIlwham played in both the NYO of Scotland and the NYO of Great Britain, as well as the ECYO. Stewart McIlwham was principal piccolo of the RPO from 1990 to 1997. He gave the world première of the Maxwell Davies piccolo concerto with the RPO in Nottingham, followed by the London première at the Barbican in April 1997. He is currently principal piccolo of the London Philharmonic Orchetsra and teaches piccolo at the Royal College of Music. He can be heard online HERE playing excerpts from Mike Mower's Sonata for Piccolo.
PETER VERHOYEN is piccolo soloist of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic orchestra in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied with Yves Gazelle, Paul Vanwolleghem, Ida Ribera and Eric Dequeker at the consevatories of Brussels, Meudon/Paris, Ghent and Antwerp, and in masterclasses with Trevor Wye, William Bennett, Geoffrey Gilbert and Gaby Pas-Van Riet (RSO Stuttgart). He is a laureate of the Belgian ‘Pro Civitate’ national music competition and the international UFAM competition in Paris. In 1995 he was semi-finalist at the Young Artist Competition in Orlando USA
Peter is the artistic director of ‘Arco Baleno’, a chamber music group consisting of a flute with string quartet. The musicians devote themselves to stylistically faithful renderings of the baroque and classical chamber music repertoire for flute and strings. The creation of new music is of great importance to Arco Baleno. A total of 23 works have so far been commissioned from Flemish composers. The ensemble also pay a great deal of attention to young concertgoers. The coupling of Camille Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals' with a brand new procession of Flemish animals was lauded around the country. Arco Baleno have nine CD recordings and several radio performances on their curriculum. They toured Germany, France, Slovenia, the United States of America and the Netherlands after winning the CHAIN-contest in Enschede (Holland) in 1996. They were awarded the Debut Prize for chamber music by Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen (Flanders Youth and Music, a member of JMI) and the 'Jeanne and Willem Pelemans Prize'.
LAURENCE TROTT, piccolo player with the Buffalo Philharmonic since 1958 and solo recording artist. Trott was founder of the Piccolo Society in the 1970's. He has performed solo piccolo recitals across the USA playing the more than 15 works he has commissioned by such composers as Michael Horwood, Lejaren Hillier and Leo Smit. Trott ran master classes at Daemon College for American and international piccolo students and produced the Piccolo Society Journal. More bio info coming soon.
CATHERINE PAYNE joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1996 as its piccoloist. She performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as acting second flutist for two seasons, including the 1994 and 1995 Tanglewood seasons. As a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, she appeared on many Evening at Pops telecasts, including the annual July 4th broadcasts live from the Esplanade. Ms. Payne was formerly principal flutist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and Associate Principal Flute and piccolo player with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Portland Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist in concertos of Mozart and J.S. Bach. In the 2003-04 season, Ms. Payne was invited to perform for several weeks with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, playing concerts in Chicago and Europe.
A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Ms. Payne studied with Thomas Nyfenger of the Yale School of Music. At the New England Conservatory, she studied with Lois Schaefer and Leone Buyse of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While pursuing her musical education, Ms. Payne also attended Tufts University, where she majored in English, and she graduated summa cum laude from both the New England Conservatory and Tufts.
RICHARD ROBERTO studied flute at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montréal with Jean-Paul Major and Robert Langevin. He also participated in many masterclasses with Julius Baker (NY) and James Galway (Lucerne). In 1979 he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery Band as principal flute. He toured throughout Canada, Europe, Cyprus, and performed as soloist on piccolo & flute in several broadcasts and recordings. As a Warrant Officer, Mr. Roberto also taught flute and piccolo for 5 years at the Canadian Forces School of Music near Toronto, before completing a Bandmaster course there in 1993. He later served with the Canadian Forces Central Band, Canada's premier concert band in Ottawa, Ontario and completed his military career in 1999 with La Musique du Royal 22ème Régiment in Québec City. He was featured in several recitals on CBC radio and has been a regular soloist with many historical town bands in the USA.
For the past 25 years, Mr Roberto has been researching the turn of the century piccolo repertoire throughout the world and recently reissued a CD anthology of early piccolo recordings (The Golden Age of the Piccolo 1897-1928). The National Flute Association invited him to lecture on the subject at their 25th annual convention held in Chicago in August of 1997. He has written many articles for Flute Talk magazine and collaborated in reissues of piccolo repertoire with Jan Gippo and Trevor Wye. He now resides in Québec City where he leads a unique ca.1900 salon orchestra with whom he often features typical Golden Age piccolo repertoire. Currently piccolo soloist with Vent et percussion de Québec (in résidence wind ensemble at Université Laval), Richard also teaches privately in Sillery, Québec, Canada.
"Golden Age" Piccoloists: (L) Albert Fransella; (Center) Marshall Lufsky in his Sousa uniform in 1900; (R) Meredith Wilson.
DEBORAH BARON joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1985. Before going to Dallas, she performed with the Springfield (Massachusetts) Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Orquesa Filarmonica de Caracas, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds and the orchestra for the 1984 revival production of "Oliver" on Broadway. Ms. Baron received her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from The Julliard School where she won an alumni scholarship in flute. In 1976, she won the New York Flute Club Competition and twice has been winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Baron has been a faculty member at Smith College in Massachusetts, Wooster School in Connecticut, and the Mozartina Municipal Arts Conservatory in Tarrytown, New York. She currently maintains a private studio, and plays with the Dallas Bach Society and the ensemble, Triptych.
STEPHEN TANZER has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and for 23 years was the solo piccoloist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Philly Pops with Peter Nero. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, the American Ballet Theatre,, and the Kirov Ballet. A native of Boston, Stephen earned a Bachelor's degree in piccolo from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree in flute and piccolo from the Philadelphia Music Academy. He studied with John Krell, Lois Schaefer, and George Madsen. He has performed in the master classes of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Walfrid Kujala, and has given master classes for the Flute Society of Philadelphia and at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tanzer is president of Tanzer Headjoint Co., which manufactures fine wood piccolo headjoints, and he is the author/publisher of the best-seller, "A Basic Guide to Fingerings for the Piccolo."
REGINA HELCHER is currently in her ninth season as Second Flute of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and 11th season as Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. In the summer of 2006, Regina served as Acting Flutist with the Atlanta Chamber Players on their 30th Anniversary European Tour, performing for enthusiastic audiences in France, Switzerland, and Rome, Italy. Previously, Regina was the Associate Principal Flute/Piccolo of the Honolulu Symphony (1987-95), Second Flute/Piccolo of the Knoxville Symphony (1995-97), and Acting Second Flute of the St. Louis Symphony (1999-2000). In 2000, she soloed with the St. Louis Symphony in Brandenburg #4 in Powell Symphony Hall which received a standing ovation and rave reviews. In that same year, Regina was also chosen to play in the Minnesota Orchestra on their NYC/European tour, playing in Carnegie Hall and the finest halls in Europe, including the Musikverein and the Philharmonie. As an avid supporter of new music for the piccolo, Regina Helcher is currently Chairman of the Piccolo Commissioning Consortium, an organization dedicated to the commissioning of new piccolo works.
JULI POWERS is piccoloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony. If anyone has more information, please contact me HERE.
NORMA ROGERS has served as flute and piccolo in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra since 1972. Norma earned her BME and MS at Indiana University and was a student of James Pellerite, William Kincaid, and John C. Krell. She is a member of Blair Chamber Players and has taught on the faculty of the Blair School of Music since 1972.
SARAH JACKSON is the piccolo player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her previous experience includes ten years of experience as Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, Canada. She is an active chamber musician, soloist, clinician, and freelance artist, and has played for numerous films, CD recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts. In addition to teaching flute and piccolo at the University of British Columbia, Jackson has recently been engaged as soloist on both flute and piccolo in Japan, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S.
Jackson's training includes a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, followed by graduate studies for her Artist's Diploma at McGill University in Montreal. She was a member of Canada's National Youth Orchestra for two years, and as a professional she served on their staff for another year.
Carl Hall joined the Atlanta Symphony in 1984 as piccoloist after playing in the New Orleans Symphony and the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, where he served as principal flutist for six years. He has also played piccolo in the Santa Fe Opera and the Grand Teton Music Festival. For two summers he toured with the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburgh performing Henk Badings′ Flute Concerto. In 1999 he premiered Martin Amlin′s Piccolo Concerto at the National Flute Association convention held here in Atlanta. Hall has been involved with several commissions and premieres including Feld′s Sonatina and Hannaway′s American Suite. He has recorded Bruce Broughton′s Piccolo Concerto due to be released soon.
Hall graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he began his association with the Florida Orchestra as a student, playing second flute to his teacher, Martha Rearick. He participated in the Blossom Festival School of the Cleveland Orchestra and in master classes with Marcel Moyse, Geoffrey Gilbert, Julius Baker, William Bennett, Peter Lloyd, Maxence Larrieu, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. He also studied privately with Thomas Nyfenger, Maurice Sharp, and Shaul Ben-Meir. Hall has been Artist Affiliate at Emory since 1986, having previously taught at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the University of Tampa. His Emory recitals have been broadcast on NPR′s ″Performance Today.″