Andreas Blau in Sapporo

Andreas Blau, former Principal Flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, kicked off his mentoring at the 2018 Pacific Music Festival with a masterclass last night in Sapporo’s Concert Hall Kitara.  He offered many musical and technical insights to masterclass performer Yumie Nakamura, a freshman at Hokkaido University, as she tackled the notoriously difficult Jolivet Chant de Linos.  PMF Academy participants and members of the public alike were furiously taking notes as Herr Blau offered tips on approaching the piece.  His advice particularly on varying vibrato for expressive purposes and directing the air stream through the phrase (rather than to the highest note in a passage) produced enormous improvements in Ms Nakamura’s performance of the piece.  No doubt, many of those in attendance will be taking all the gems of advice home to mark in their own parts.

For your further enjoyment, we are attaching a link to a conversation of a few years ago between Herr Blau and Emmanuel Pahud when they were the sitting Co-Principal Flutists of the Berlin Philharmonic.  The conversation is in German with English subtitles.


Denis Bouriakov in Sapporo

Flutology Lab is excited to share the news that Denis Bouriakov, Principal Flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be in Sapporo for the month of July as flute mentor, clinician, and soloist with the Pacific Music Festival.  Mr. Bouriakov kicked off his activities in Sapporo with a pre-festival performance of the following program at Kitara Hall on Thursday, June 21:
Jean Sibelius – Violin Concerto in d minor (arr. Bouriakov)
Lowell Liebermann – Sonata
Pierre Sancan – Sonatine
Luciano Berio – Sequenza I
CPE Bach – Sonata in a minor

The performance showcased Mr. Bouriakov’s full rich tone, formidable technique, and engaging musicianship.  Those in attendance were awed by the opportunity to hear him live in a solo recital setting.  The performance of Mr. Bouriakov, an Altus Performing Artist, was sponsored in part by Altus Flutes who brought an array of exquisite instruments for those in attendance to try on site.

Mr. Bouriakov’s summer at the Pacific Music Festival 2018 will culminate with him as soloist with the PMF Orchestra, Valery Gergiev conducting, on Sunday, July 29, 2018 3:00 p.m. at Kitara Symphony Hall.  He will be the featured soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Halil for Flute and Orchestra.  Also on the program are:
W.A. Mozart – Oboe Concerto
Gustav Mahler – Symphony #

Details on Mr. Bouriakov’s open masterclasses and open rehearsals will be posted as soon as this information becomes available.  The Pacific Music Festival Orchestra is comprised of young musicians (under age 30) selected by international audition.  The 2018 PMF Orchestra flute section members are Hyeon-Jeong Choi (S.Korea), Marta Gomez Alonso (Spain), Ning Hsu (Taiwan), Tommaso Pratola (Italy), and Aliya Vodovozova (Russia).  Keep your ears open for great music from these five in the future!

NFA 2016 in Review

National Flute Association conventions are always an invigorating four days filled with wonderful performances, learning opportunities, exhibits, and friendships – new and old.  Where else can one hear Baroque flute, beatbox, klezmer, and jazz all in the same day?  …or be introduced to the astonishing youngsters of tomorrow, brimming with technical facility and artistic passion, on the same program one pays tribute to such venerable luminaries as the 93-year old Bill Hebert, former piccoloist of the Cleveland Orchestra?

I look at the above photo, and smile.  …two of my favorite people – David Straubinger (Straubinger Flutes) and Paul Chang (Ochres Music).  As with so many others I saw at the convention, my path crossed with these two, and was changed forever for the better.  Every year, there are new flutes, new innovations, new compositions.  But the foundation of it all is a shared history with the many flutists – friends and colleagues – that make an indelible mark on your music and your life.

Flutology Blog!

It’s that time of year again – the countdown to NFA!  Only this year, we have the added anticipation of launching our website to coincide with the usual excitement, frenzy, and flutistic flights of fancy associated with the convention.  Just as the convention is a journey, so too, we expect this blog and this website to be journeys.  We are beyond excited to share this journey with you as we step into the larger realm of the world wide web flute community.  So with flute in hand, and music in the soul, we take this next step.

See you in San Diego and beyond!