A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso 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 esteemed orchestras worldwide, Ms. Piccinini’s 2016-17 season includes engagements throughout the United States, in Canada, Korea, 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 under conductor Patrick Gallois at Korea’s Seoul Arts Center, both in February 2017. Other highlights include a return to Boston’s Jordan Hall and the First Mondays series, a four-city North American tour with guitarist Meng Su, performances at Korea’s Gonjian Flute Festival and Germany’s Kempten Classix Music Festival, and with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra (UK). She also records the Kernis Flute Concerto with conductor Leonard Slatkin. Future engagements include recitals at the Marlboro Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and premieres of a solo work for flute by Christopher Theofanidis and a sonata for flute and harp by Yuko Uebayashi.
Recent performances of note include the World, New York State and Summer Festival premieres of Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for Ms. Piccinini, with Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Ward Stare, and with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under conductor JoAnn Falletta respectively, as well as a five state US recital tour with pianist Andreas Haefliger. Among her recent season highlights is a highly acclaimed tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in January 2015, performing the Nielsen Flute Concerto four times under the baton of JukkaPekka Saraste; performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center; Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls; the Seoul Arts Center; New York's Weill Hall 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. With Tre Voci, she released the trio’s debut CD on the ECM label to acclaim.