My colleagues in music are among my greatest friends.
The oldest friends I have in music, and the newest, are flute players. We are all bound together, as we understand the triumphs and struggles that occur in our careers of dedicating our lives to the flute and music. This gives us a bond that is very strong and will last forever, even though we are often separated by many years and many miles.
My Pianist Collaborators
Of all my musical friendships, the most constant thread in my musical life has been my collaboration with a number of remarkable pianists. Starting with my mother, I have been fortunate to have enjoyed these musical partnerships and friendships for my entire career. These pianists are the people with whom I have collaborated in concerts and recordings and countless rehearsals, which I always enjoyed the very most.
I always learned so much from them and continue to love the intimacy of just two people making music together.
Many of these wonderful pianists, listed here, have also guided and assisted my students, sharing their knowledge, artistry, and generosity of spirit.
I have listed those who have worked most closely with me over the years. I think you will enjoy reading about them, and if you are lucky, working with them!!
- Margaret Baxtresser
- Andrew Davis
- Cordula Hacke
- Paul Helmer
- Israela Margalit
- Linda Mark
- Pedja Muzijevic
- Vahan Sargsyan
- Colette Valentine
National Flute Association
What an extraordinary organization this is! I have observed the evolution of this organization from a relatively small group of flutists in the beginning, to the enormous association of the present day. The contributions of these dedicated people, year after year, are gifts, indeed!
Munich and Kobe International Flute Competitions
I found it absolutely fascinating to serve on the juries of two major international competitions. The judges were highly regarded performers and teachers from all over the world. The talent that we heard was astonishing, no doubt. But for me, most gratifying was to realize that in spite of our different backgrounds, we all valued the same things…quality flute playing is a universal concept. Our appreciation for fine musicianship, a beautiful sound, solid fundamental skills, and that magical quality of communication through music was appreciated by us all in the same way.
I was so pleased to finally meet and become friends with flutists that I had admired for years from afar!
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