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Upcoming Master Classes

March 13, 2017

Master class: Barthold Kuijken, Baroque flute/recorder

Featuring Peabody Flute students playing Baroque liteature on modern flutes

4:30-6:30, Leith Symington Griswold Hall

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Studio Concerts

Piccinini Flute Studio Recital

April 19, 2017 at 8 pm, Leith Symington Griswold Hall

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Annual Flute and Composers World Premieres Project

April 20, 2017 at 8 pm, Leith Symington Griswold Hall

An ongoing collaboration between the flute studio of Marina Piccinini and the composition students of Michael Hersch, Kevin Puts and Oscar Bettison. This year will feature works for flute and piano, solo flute, and small chamber music settings.

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Annual Bach Marathon

December 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm, Leith Symington Griswold Hall

The flute studio of Marina Piccinini and the Early Music Department present the Complete Bach Flute Sonatas in concert.


Quick Interview in The Flute View Magazine

Nov 4, 2014 by The Flute View

Can you give us five career highlights?
I am the kind of person who basically thinks every performance is some sort of career highlight, so I think some of the ones that stand out are really more about personal elements, such as :

  1. Just about any performance with Andreas Haefliger, but most memorably playing the Colgrass Double Concerto with him and the Boston Symphony and finding out literally five minutes before going on stage that I was pregnant.

  2. Playing with the Tokyo Quartet at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Avery Fisher Hall two weeks to the day after my daughter was born.

  3. Playing at Carnegie Hall with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker during my last year at Juilliard, two great idols.

  4. Playing with Paquito D’Rivera and his Quintet at the Blue Note in NYC after he wrote the Gran Danzon concerto for me - I never thought I would ever be on stage at a jazz club!

  5. Performing with the New York Phil at the Great Hall of the Peoples in Beijing- the combination of being in such an exotic location with so much political history, and sitting in the flute-chair of both of my teachers was unforgettable.

CD releases?
I have just released a CD of the 24 Caprices by Paganini in my own transcription (Avie Records). The transcriptions are being published by Schott Music in a beautiful volume that includes some of the manuscript and short notes on how to approach each Caprice. I also have a new CD with Debussy, Takemitsu, and Gubaidulina trios coming out on ECM Records this fall.

What does your schedule look like for the next six months?
My upcoming schedule is a pretty good reflection of the kind of multi-faceted career I have been pursuing. I have a tour of the Nielsen Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Juka-Pekka Saraste in Europe, a USA tour with Musicians from Malrborot throughout the Northeast, and a Germany Tour with my trio Tre Voci (with Kim Kashkashian, viola, and Sivan Magen, harp). Our trio is also releasing its first CD on ECM Records next month, and we kick the event off with a concert in NYC at the Poisson Rouge. I also have some recitals, including some with the new principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Anneleen Lenearts. In between all that I continue teaching my students at the Peabody Institute and will also begin teaching new students at the Hochschule in Hannover, Germany.

Can you give us five quirky, secret, fun, (don’t think too much about this) hobbies or passions?
I have been practicing Shaolin KungFu for many years. I paint, read, and I am trying to learn a new language. I love shoes, and I have a dog, a most stubborn Shiba Inu.

What three things would you offer as advice for a young flutist?
Always be prepared and play your best, no matter how small or trivial the situation may seem. Be flexible, be respectful of others, and never ever, ever sell out. And only do it if you love it so much you cannot live without it. And, oh, yes… there is no substitute for honest practicing.


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