Internationally acclaimed for his musical imagination and virtuosity, flutist Thomas Robertello enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. He has been a member of several elite American orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Symphony Washington, D.C. Many orchestral tours with the world's leading conductors have taken him to the music centers and festivals of the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle and Far East.
As one of the leading flute professors in the world, Mr. Robertello is currently on the faculty of Indiana University School of Music. He has also served on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. He regularly presents recitals and masterclasses throughout the US and Japan and has made solo appearances at Pacific Music Festival, Nara Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Brevard Music Center and numerous other venues. He has also presented recitals in South America and South Korea and has given masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory in China. He has performed chamber music concerts with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and Empire Brass at the Pacific Music Festival and is a regular performer at the Sarasota Festival each summer. Robertello was the first featured flute soloist at the Kirishima Festival in Japan in 2003. He has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Londrina Festival Orchestra Brazil as well as on Bartok Radio Hungary.
A versatile solo performer with an extremely varied repertoire, Robertello is also a leader in the effort to expand the flute's solo literature and the role of the flute in new music. He has commissioned and championed the works of several young composers including Martin Kennedy, David Dzubay, Mischa Zupko and Matthew Van Brink. Solo recordings include Gypsy Wheel on Crystal Records - music by Griffes, Bizet/Borne, Taffanel as well as three new commissions with pianist Winston Choi. Other solo recordings include Souvenir - Music by Faure and Martin Kennedy with the composer at the piano for RIAX and Thomas Robertello Flute Recital recorded live during Mr. Robertello's Japan debut tour in 1996.
Flutist Jasmine Choi, a native of Korea, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and full-time orchestral musician. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. At the age of 22, she was appointed Associate Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony under the music director Paavo Jarvi and became the first Korean woodwind player to hold a post with a major orchestra in the United States. At the age of 28, she was appointed principal flutist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Austria.
Nominated by Symphony magazine as one of "America's Emerging Artists" in 2006, 2007, and 2008, Jasmine was presented on the "Rising Stars" series at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jasmine Choi began her musical studies on the violin and piano at an early age. She began playing the flute at the age of nine, and one year later gave her first public performance with the Chongju Chamber Orchestra in Haydn's Concerto in D Major. Her professional solo career in Korea began at the age of fourteen, and she has been appearing as soloist in Korea numerous times every year. Her live performances and recordings are frequently broadcast in Korea on national television and radio.
At 16, Jasmine Choi came to the United States when she was accepted to study at the Curtis Institute of Music on a full-scholarship. The legendary Julius Baker has called her "a huge sensation," and she studied with him for four years until his death in 2003. Jasmine Choi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner. Upon her graduation, she continued her studying by working with Thomas Robertello.
Text from the website www.JasmineChoi.com.
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Flutists Playing Straubinger Flutes at the NFA Annual Convention 2013
Jasmine Choi Schedule
Friday, August 9, 2013 2:30PM on Balcony L, 4th Floor.
Maestro Series: The Magic of Julius Baker, Master Flutist and Legacy Teacher
Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:45-2PM, Salon F, 3rd Floor.
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