A daring artist with diverse musical interests, flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.
Well-known for her commitment to new music and her history of first performances and commissions by some of today’s foremost living composers, as well as performances with orchestras worldwide, Ms. Piccinini’s recent tour includes engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, Italy and Great Britain. Of special note is the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for her, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under principal guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and the world premiere of Kernis’ Air in the version for flute and orchestra with the Korean Chamber Orchestra at Korea’s Seoul Arts Center. Other engagements include a North American tour with guitarist Meng Su, performances at Korea’s Gonjian Flute Festival, at the Marlboro and Aspen Music Festivals in the US, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She returns to the UK for the Ibert Concerto with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra.
Recent performances of note include a celebrated US recital tour with pianist Andreas Haefliger, the World premieres of Kernis’ Flute Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chautauqua Symphony, and a highly-acclaimed tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, playing the Nielsen Flute Concerto under conductor Jukka Pekka Saraste. Other performances include Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls; the Seoul Arts Center; New York's Weill Hall and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and Town Hall; the Mozartsaal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Amongst the esteemed orchestras with which Ms. Piccinini has appeared are the symphony orchestras of Boston, Saint Louis, Tokyo, Montreal, Toronto, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. An active chamber musician, she is Resident Artist at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Tokyo, Takacs and Brentano String quartets, toured with pianist Mitsuko Uchida’s acclaimed Pierrot Lunaire project, and is a founding member of Tre Voci.
Her recordings can be heard on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, and this season she records the Kernis Flute Concerto with conductor Leonard Slatkin for Naxos. Ms. Piccinini’s latest CD is of her own arrangements of the Paganini Caprices (Avie).
Marina Piccinini received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, under legendary flutist Julius Baker, and also worked with flutists Aurèle Nicolet and Jeanne Baxtresser. Her popular Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses, a week-long seminar, celebrates its 10th anniversary this June.