December report

The biggest news of the hour is that I have finally uploaded my recently-completed discussions on the

Flute Music of Kaija Saariaho. Look under topics for brief excerpts and downloadable pdf files!

I have been quiet here for awhile: in addition to my various concerts, masterclasses and editing projects, not to mention my non-habit of  and non-fascination with the web-site-updating (!), I have also moved house–for the first time in 22 years–entailing a certain amount of dis- and re-organisation. All in all exciting, but of course a process full of distractions.





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August report

Savonlinna and Montepulciano have come and gone–inspiration remains. Great classes, great colleagues, wonderful places….sometimes we musicians are so lucky….!!

For the concert on August 6 in Hannover I'm preparing

Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi's tentatio 1 & 2 (1973) for solo flute (the first Japanese piece I discovered–a classic in my repertoire!)

Toshi Ichiyanagi's Music for Art Kites (1989) for soprano and flute. Ichiyanagi gave me a copy of this piece when he invited me to coach a rehearsal of this piece by his musicians during my stay at Tokyo Wonder Site in 2008. I'm happy to finally be able to perform it myself–with the wonderful Julia Mihály!

Yaeko Asano's Schmetterling und Kran (Butterfly and Crane) (2010) for flute and koto–with the koto player who premiered it, Naoko Kikuchi!


But before that I'll drop by Den Haag to coach some talented Dutch musicians playing the music of Kaija Saariaho, who ist composer-in-residence for the NJO Summer Academy. Later I'll play Saariaho there myself (see Calendar…).

Happy August to all!

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Master Classes Summer 2011

Description: A summer camp on the lake for flutists of all ages and levels, with opportunities for chamber music with strings and piano, and flute ensemble sessions together with the class of my flutist colleague Ilari Lehtinen.

When: July 2-10,2011
Where: Savonlinna, Finland, Savolinna Summer University, Puistokatu 1, 57600 Savonlinna

Starts: Saturday, July 2, 2011
Ends: Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m.

Contact: Erja Tynkkynen,
Tel: +0358 (0) 15 555 0850


Description: A master class for flutists age 18 and above in a charming town in the Toscana…Exploring performance practices from the 17th c. to the present, from Bach and Hotteterre to Stockhausen and Saariaho and beyond, incl. Blavet, Debussy, Varese, Berio, Takemitsu … and your own repertoire.
Individual and group lessons possible, at the end we'll have a final concert. Participation includes a wine tasting of Vino Nobile
Our pianist is Janka Simowitsch.

Aufführungspraxis vom 17. Jahrhundert bis heute.
Repertoire von Bach und Hotteterre bis Stockhausen und Saariaho und darüber hinaus, incl. Blavet, Debussy, Varese, Berio, Takemitsu … und eigenes Repertoire.

Einzel- und Ensembleunterricht möglich.
Am Ende des Kurses gibt es ein Abschlusskonzert.
Korrepetition: Janka Simowitsch 

When: July 17-24, 2011
Where: Montepulciano, Italy • Palazzo Ricci
European Academy for Music and Art • Montepulciano • Via Ricci 9-11 • 53045 Montepulciano (Si) • Italy

Starts: Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ends: Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tel: +39 578 75 60 22

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Concerts in Denmark

May 3, 2011 | Elsinore, Denmark
May 4, 2011 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Laconisme de l'aile (spatialized version) and Terrestre by Kaija Saariaho

Athelas Sinfonietta, Pierre-André Valade, cond.

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