Mimi Stillman

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MIMI STILLMAN is one of the most celebrated and innovative flutists of her generation, critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry and communicative powers. The New York Times praised her as “not only a consummate and charismatic performer, but also a scholar. Her programs tend to activate ear, heart, and brain.” She has performed as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Chicago Flute Club, National Sawdust, Verbier Festival, Bedford Chamber Concerts, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and Kol HaMusica. At age 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the legendary Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. Her many awards and prizes include Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Astral Artists, and the Barenreiter Prize for Best Historical Performance for Winds.

A wide-ranging artist, Ms. Stillman is equally at home with the classical canon, new music, and Latin genres, and is highly regarded for expanding the flute repertoire through her arrangements and commissions. She holds an MA and PhD (abd) in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history, integrating scholarship with her artistic vision in projects with her hallmark, thought-provoking depth. A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, she has taught masterclasses for institutions including the National Flute Association, Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, the universities of California, Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma, Delaware, and at conservatories and flute societies throughout the world. She is on faculty at Curtis Summerfest and Music for All National Festival.

Mimi Stillman can be heard on several splendidly reviewed recordings including “Freedom” music for flute, piano, and the human spirit, and “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres” (both Innova), with longstanding duo pianist Charles Abramovic. She is broadcast co-host on WWFM The Classical Network and is a frequent guest speaker for arts organizations and interviewee on radio, television, and online media.

As Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble which she founded in 2005, Mimi Stillman has created a dynamic force in the music world. Dolce Suono Ensemble was Chamber Music America’s featured American Ensemble and according to The Huffington Post “their stellar artistic clarity and chemistry are palpable onstage.”Dolce Suono Ensemble has contributed major new works to the chamber music repertoire through commissioning, giving 44 world premieres in 11 seasons. Some of today’s most eminent composers have written for the ensemble: Jennifer Higdon, Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Steven Mackey, and David Ludwig.  www.mimistillman.com

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