The East Coast tour precedes flutist Marina Piccinini’s World Premiere performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’s Flute Concerto January 21, 22, 23, 2016, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and music director Leonard Slatkin. A work commissioned specifically for Ms. Piccinini, she was also instrumental in selecting Mr. Kernis. Ms. Piccinini gives the New York State Premiere of the Kernis Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic and music director Ward Stare February 4, 5, 6, 2016; and the Summer Festival Premiere of the work with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta on August 4, 2016.
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 is 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 in January 2015, 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.
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, Marina Piccinini’s new arrangements can be heard on her recent recording for Avie. The printed music for her 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 studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker at The Juilliard School. She also worked with renowned musicians flutist Aurele Nicolet and Jean Baxtresser, and the tenor Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland. A 36th-generation Shaolin Fighting Monk, Ms. Piccinini lives with her family in Vienna and New York.
UPCOMING US PERFORMANCES THIS 2015-2016 FALL/WINTER
November 6-16 Tre Voci East Coast Tour
(with Kim Kashkashian, viola; Sivan Magen, harp)
Nov. 6- Peabody Institute, Adalman Series, Griswold Hall, Baltimore, MD
Nov.8- Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Art Museum, PA
Nov. 10- Eastman School of Music, Kilman Concert Series, Kilman Hall, Rochester, NY
Nov. 15-Le Poisson Rouge, New York City, NY
Nov. 16-NEC, Jordan Hall, Boston, MA
Flute Master Classes Open to the Public
Nov. 7 Philadelphia Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 15 Annual Open Master Class, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD
January 21, 22, 23 Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI
Aaron Jay Kernis Flute Concerto, World Premiere
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
February 4, 5, 6 Rochester Philharmonic, New York
Feb. 4, 6- Rochester; Feb. 5-Geneva
Aaron Jay Kernis Flute Concerto, New York State Premiere
Ward Stare, conductor
Flute Master Classes Open to the Public
Feb. 8- University of Akron, Akron, OH
Feb. 10- Washington Performing Arts, Washington, DC
February 9-19 US Recital Tour with pianist Andreas Haefliger
Feb. 9 – Tuesday Musical Association, EJ Thomas Hall, Akron, OH
Feb. 11 – Washington Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Virtuoso Series, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 13 – University of Florida Performing Arts Series, Gainesville, FL
Feb. 17 – Peggy Rockefeller Concerts, New York, NY
Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium
Feb.19 – Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, Dallas TX
Nasher Sculpture Center
Repertoire 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