World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic, Five-State US Recital Tour with Pianist Andreas Haefliger, and East Coast Tour with Tre Voci Highlights of flutist Marina Piccinini’s Upcoming 2015-16 Season

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  Tuesday, August 4, 2015


World Premiere

of Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto

with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic,

Five-State US Recital Tour with Pianist Andreas Haefliger,

and East Coast Tour with Tre Voci

Highlights of flutist Marina Piccinini’s Upcoming 2015-16 Season

A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini’s 2015-16 season features several engagements of note:


-with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and music director Leonard Slatkin, she performs the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto January 21-23, 2016, and gives the New York State Premiere with the Rochester Philharmonic and music director Ward Stare February 4-6;


-her five state US recital tour in mid-February with pianist Andreas Haefliger includes concerts for Ohio’s Tuesday Musical Association, DC’s Washington Performing Arts at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Florida Performing Arts Series in Gainsville, the Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series in New York City, and the Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Series in Dallas, Texas;


-with her trio, Tre Voci (violist Kim Kashkashian and harpist Sivan Magen), she tours the East Coast in November 2015, with recitals for Baltimore’s Adalman Series, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Eastman’s Kilman Concert Series in Rochester and New England Conservatory’s First Night Concert Series at Boston’s Jordan Hall.


Upcoming engagements during 2016 spring/summer include chamber music performances in Germany, a recital with harpist Anneleen Linaerts in Belgium, a return to the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, and the Summer Festival Premiere of the Kernis Concerto with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra on August 4, 2016.

“Marina Piccinini combines musical subtlety and elegance with fluid virtuosity and a gorgeous sound…” – Flute


2015-16 SUMMER/FALL/WINTER Season Schedule

(subject to change)

JULY 2015

16- 31 Marlboro Festival, Marlboro, VT

Resident Artist


1-16 Marlboro Festival, Marlboro, VT

Resident Artist

16-31 Krzyzowa Music Festival, Krzyzowa, Poland



1-6 Krzyzowa Festival Tour, Germany

Including performances at Rheingau Festival,

Mecklenburg Festival, in Berlin & Hamburg TBA



5-30 16th International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition, Uelzen, Germany

Jury Member



(with Kim Kashkashian, viola; Sivan Megan, harp)

6- Adalman Series, Peabody Institute, Griswold Hall, Baltimore, MD

8-Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

10-Kilman Concert Series, Eastman School of Music, Kilman Hall, Rochester, NY

16- First Night Concert Series, NEC, Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Flute Master Classes Open to the Public

7 Philadelphia Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, PA

15 Annual Open Master Class, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD



21, 22, 23 Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI

Aaron Jay Kernis Flute Concerto, World Premiere

Leonard Slatkin, conductor



4, 5, 6 Rochester Philharmonic, New York

4, 6- Rochester; 5-Geneva

Aaron Jay Kernis Flute Concerto, New York State Premiere

Ward Stare, conductor

Flute Master Class Open to the Public

10 Washington Performing Arts, Washington, DC



9 – Tuesday Musical Association, EJ Thomas Hall, Akron, OH

11 – Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington, DC

Virtuoso Series, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

13 – University of Florida Performing Arts Series, Gainesville, FL

University Auditorium

17 – Peggy Rockefeller Concerts, New York, NY

Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium

19 – Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, Dallas TX

Nasher Sculpture Center

Program to include:


PROKOFIEV Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94

ADES Darknesse Visible (for solo piano)

CARTER Scrivo in vento (for flute)

FRANCK Flute Sonata in A Major

BOULEZ Sonatine for Flute and Piano 

In demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, and internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.

Deeply committed to modern works, she has given first performances of works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Michael Colgrass, Paquito D’Rivera, Matthew Hindson, Miguel Kertsman, Lukas Foss, Michael Torke, John Harbison, David Ludwig and Roberto Sierra.

Highlights of Ms. Piccinini’s recent seasons include a highly acclaimed tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, performing the Nielsen Flute Concerto under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste; performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center; Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls; the Seoul Arts Center; New York’s Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Town Hall; the Mozartsaal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The list of esteemed orchestras with which Ms. Piccinini has appeared includes the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Hannover Symphony, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Ravenna Chamber Orchestra among others. She has worked with such celebrated conductors as Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-whun Chung and Gianandrea Noseda, and collaborated with such distinguished artists as the Tokyo, Brentano, Mendelssohn, and Takacs string quartets and with the Percussion ensemble Nexus and the Braziliann Guitar Duo. She is a regular partner of pianists Andreas Haefliger and Mitsuko Uchida. A popular figure at international music festivals, she is a frequent guest artist in Japan, and has performed (at the personal invitation of Seiji Ozawa) at the Saito Kinen Festival. Ms. Piccinini has also appeared as Guest Principal Flute with both the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

An active recording artist with CDs on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, and the latest in a distinguished line of virtuosos to make the Paganini Caprices their own, Ms. Piccinini’s new arrangements can be heard on her recent recording for Avie. The printed music for Piccinini’s Paganini arrangements was published in autumn 2014 by Schott Music. Other recent recordings include Tre Voci’s acclaimed debut CD of works by Toru Takemitsu, Claude Debussy and Sofia Gubaidulina on the ECM label; a DVD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire from the Salzburg Festival, along with an accompanying documentary entitled Solar Plexus of Modernism; for Avie, the complete J.S.Bach flute sonatas and solo Partita of J.S. Bach in collaboration with the Brasil Guitar Duo, and the flute sonatas of Prokofiev and Franck with pianist Andreas Haefliger; and for Claves, Belle Epoque with pianist Anne Epperson, and sonatas by Bartok, Martinu, Schulhoff, Dohnanyi, and Taktakishvili with pianist Eva Kupiec.

The first flutist to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Marina Piccinini’s career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, First Prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Ms. Piccinini is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including Musical America’s Young Artist to Watch, the McMeen-Smith Award, the NEA’s Solo Recitalist Grant (twice), the BP Artist Career Award, as well as various grants from the Canada Council, among others.

Marina Piccinini was born into a family of distinguished scientists. She began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser and later received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. She also worked with renowned musicians flutist Aurèle Nicolet and tenor Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland. A 36th-generation Shaolin Fighting Monk, Ms. Piccinini lives with her family in Vienna and New York.


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