The Boston Flute Academy’s (BFA) inaugural concert took place on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 8:00pm at Gasson Hall at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The 2009-2010 BFA Young Artists, ages 16-20, were the main performers: Nicholas Fitton, Jiweon Ryu, Zach Sheets, and Emily Theobald. Carol Wincenc of the Juilliard flute faculty also performed, as the featured guest artist. This concert, first of its kind, presented dynamic flute soloists from each year of their music training, from 11th grade up through graduate school, culminating with the performance of Ms. Wincenc.
Never before had area flute students been showcased in this way, sharing with the audience a young musician’s pathway from high school studies to national recognition and ultimately a professional career in classical music.
In celebration of BFA’s first concert and Ms Wincenc’s 40th anniversary as a performing artist, audience members were invited to enter free drawings for a free solid silver headjoint from Burkart Flutes and a free private flute lesson with Carol Wincenc. The event was generously supported in part by Burkart Flutes of Shirley, Massachusetts.
…She is one of the world’s great flutists.
– United Press International
Ms. Wincenc is one of today’s international stars of the flute, has appeared as soloist with major orchestras around the world and has premiered works written for her by many of today’s prominent composers. A first prize winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, Ms. Wincenc has appeared with the St. Louis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Houston and Seattle symphonies, among others, and the Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Caramoor and Marlboro music festivals. She has appeared in all the major New York concert halls, including Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers” Series for four consecutive seasons. Equally in demand abroad, Ms. Wincenc has given acclaimed performances with the London Symphony, the English and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and at numerous international music festivals. In great demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Wincenc has collaborated with the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Cleveland String Quartets and performed with such distinguished colleagues as Emanual Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman and Bella Davidovich. As a champion of contemporary works, she has premiered and recorded Rouse’s flute concerto with the Detroit Symphony and Henryk Gorecki’s concerto cantata with the Chicago Symphony among many other works. Ms. Wincenc has recorded on the Musical Heritage, Decca, Nonesuch and Deutsche Grammophon labels. She is presently professor of flute at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.