Flute Fest
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dekaney High School
22351 Imperial Valley Dr.
Houston, TX 77073

Masterclasses for Advanced Flutists

Zach Sheets, 2017 Byron Hester Artist Recital

HFC Flute Choir & Jr. Flute Choir

Lectures and Recitals

Byron Hester Competition Finals

Denise Jennings Solo & Ensemble Competition

Contact Information


Marina Piccinini in Recital

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 2016-17 season 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, 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.

An active recording artist on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, Ms. Piccinini’s latest CD is of her own arrangements of the Paganini Caprices for Avie. This season she records the Kernis Flute Concerto with conductor Leonard Slatkin for Naxos.

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Piccinini is the first flutist to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Her career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada.

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.

2018 Flute Fest Contacts

Vicky Williamson
Flute Fest Coordinator

Cindy Friedman Walls
Denise Jennings Solo and
Ensemble Competition Coordinator

Amy Wiggs
Byron Hester Competition Coordinator

Cindy Friedman Walls
Judging Coordinator

Bobbi Prewitt
Exhibit Hall Coordinator

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