Nicholas Fitton of Cotuit, Massachusetts, began studying flute at age 7. As a former member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, he has performed concerts at Boston’s most historic venues, including Symphony Hall, Sanders Theater, and Jordan Hall. Also an accomplished piccoloist, he won the principal piccolo position with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, performing at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He currently studies with Marina Piccinini at Peabody.
Mr. Fitton has distinguished himself in the music community as a talented solo performer. While studying with Judy Grant, he was selected as a finalist for the Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, won first place in the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s Orchestral Scholarship Program, placed second in the New England String Ensemble Flute Competition, and performed in masterclasses for Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Keith Underwood. He has studied flute performance at the Eastman School of Music with Bonita Boyd (flute) and Anne Harrow (piccolo). While at Eastman, he performed regularly with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra, as well in as many chamber music groups, including the Aqua Winds Woodwind Quintet.
In September 2009, Mr. Fitton returned to the Boston area, receiving positions in the Boston Flute Academy Young Artist Program/College Division and Teacher Training Program. His BFA Fall Term program of study included weekly flute, piccolo, and alto flute lessons with Judy Grant; music theory classes with Mary Montgomery Koppel; Young Artist Studio Classes; Masterclass performances with BSO Principal flute Elizabeth Rowe, BSO Piccolo Cindy Meyers, and Rhode Island Philharmonic Piccolo Rachel Braude; an internship as Ms Grant’s Teaching Assistant at Boston College; chamber music experience; flute ensemble work; concert performances on piccolo, flute, & alto flute; conducting experience; and a solo flute recital for the public.
In the fall of 2011, Mr. Fitton returned to the BFA to participate in the Young Artist Studio Class. He also helped coach some of the younger divisions of the BFA Ensemble & Seminar Program.
I wish to thank Judy Grant for all her hard work and support throughout this semester. Her dedication and passion for music is present in every studio class, ensemble rehearsal and flute lesson. She is a great musician, an outstanding teacher, and a true friend. Thank you!
Listen to Nicholas Fitton perform Willard Eliot’s Fantasy for piccolo and piano