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Marina Piccinini

Piccinini_Marina_web.pngMarina Piccinini, flute

Marina Piccinini is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading flute virtuosos. Since making her acclaimed debuts in New York’s Town Hall, London’s Southbank Centre, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Piccinini has been in demand both as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. She has been soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra; the Hannover Symphony in Germany, and the Ravenna Chamber Orchestra in Italy, and the Cincinnati, New World, Toronto, Vancouver, Phoenix, Tucson, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, among others. This is her first appearance with the RPO.

Piccinini also performs with great frequency in recitals worldwide, with recent appearances in London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo`s Casals Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Recent seasons have been highlighted by significant world premiere performances. Upcoming commissions include new concerti by the Australian Matthew Hindson with the London Philharmonic and by Brazilian composer Miguel Kertsman with the Vienna Chamber Soloists.

Piccinini’s career was launched when she won first prize in the 1985 CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, first prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 1989 she was cited by Musical America as a “Young Artist to Watch”, and in 1991 she became the first flutist to win a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the NEA‘s Solo Recitalist Grant, the McMeenSmith Award, the BP Artists Career Award, and various grants from the Canada Council. She was also the winner in the New York Flute Club competition and the National Arts Club Competition.

She began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. She also worked with Aurele Nicolet in Switzerland. Piccinini has taught master classes around the world and in 2001, joined the faculty of the Peabody Institute

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