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Leone Buyse

One of the most highly regarded American flutists of her generation, Leone Buyse has pursued a multidimensional career as a performer, recording artist, educator, and speaker. In 1993 she relinquished her principal positions with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops to pursue a more active solo and teaching career after 22 years as an orchestral musician.  A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with those orchestras and also with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Mexico City in Palacio de Bellas Artes, and l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.  She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma, and at many festivals, including Aspen, Sarasota, Norfolk, and Orcas Island.

The only American prizewinner in the 1969 Geneva International Flute Competition, Ms. Buyse has presented recitals and master classes across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.  Her solo recordings have appeared on the Crystal, Boston Records, Albany, and C.R.I. labels and she may be heard as solo flutist on recordings of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony for the Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, and Sony Classical labels.  With her husband, clarinetist Michael Webster, she co-founded the Webster Trio, which has recorded for Crystal Records and for the Japanese labels Camerata Tokyo and Nami.  

Ms. Buyse is the Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and has also taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, and as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.  Her former students hold positions at major universities and in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Toronto, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.  

Also an accomplished pianist, Ms. Buyse served for two years as a collaborative pianist at Jean-Pierre Rampal's summer flute master classes in Nice, France. An active member of the National Flute Association, she has been a featured performer at annual conventions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Columbus, Kansas City, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Orlando, San Diego, and Orlando. She received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide at the 38th annual convention in Anaheim, California in August 2010.

Ms. Buyse maintains a web presence at www.leonebuyse.com.

Pianist, MAkiko Hirata

An international pianist and recording artist, Makiko Hirata, has been calling herself the “On-Call Musical Doctor” since attaining her D.M.A. from Rice University. She is on a mission to promote music and musicians as healing agents in this world. As a consultant to Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, she collaborates with neuroscientist to study the benefit of music. Believing in the power of music to encourage empathy, reminding us how what we share is greater than our differences, she is a life-long Scott M. Johnson Fellow to the US-Japan Leadership Program. She is currently authoring a book on her triumph over a fifteen-year battle against stage fright, stereotypes, and sexual harassment as a young Japanese pianist navigating the classical music industry.

She has given recitals, lectures, concerto performances and outreach concerts in North and South America, Europe and her native Japan in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, and Oji Hall. She has performed with distinguished groups and musicians such as the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra in NYC, the Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leon Fleisher, and clarinetist David Krakauer. Passionate about sharing music not just through performances, she has also taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College, and given lectures at Emeritus College, and for Los Angeles Public Library’s Lecture Series. 

Her website is at: http://musicalmakiko.com/en/

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We are excited to welcome back Dr. Hirata to collaborate with us for a second year! 

Alina Windell - Morning Warm Up

Praised for her vibrant sound and powerful musicality, Dr. Alina Windell has captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Windell teaches flute at Huntingdon and LaGrange Colleges and is an Artist in Residence and faculty member of the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. She was a prizewinner in the 2017-2018 American Prize Instrumental Soloist Competition, and as winner of the 2016 National Flute Association (NFA) Convention Performers Competition, appeared at the NFA Convention in San Diego. She has also performed at the NFA Convention in Orlando, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Festival, the Mid-South Flute Festival, the International Double Reed Society Conference, the Houston Flute Club Flute Fest, the Colorado Flute Association Flute Fair, the International Double Reed Society Conference, and the Hawaii University International Conference of Arts and Humanities. In 2015, she appeared as a featured soloist in a concert tour of Malaysia, sponsored by the Perak Society for the Performing Arts, and was a finalist in the Byron Hester Solo Flute competition in Houston, Texas. Recent solo engagements include University of Alabama, University of Colorado at Boulder, Columbus State University, and Auburn University.

Dr. Windell is a member of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and regularly plays with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed at the Springer Opera House, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Lynn Philharmonia, the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival Orchestra of Lucca in Italy, and in concerts at the Duxbury Music Festival, as well as freelancing in New York City. An avid chamber musician and advocate of new music, she is featured on the 2018 CD of percussionist Doug Rosenor, released by Centaur Records, and is a commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium. She also recorded the music of Carter Pann for the Naxos record label, premiered Circles by Rachel Matthews at the Pendulum Concert Series at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and performed for two years as a member of the Chinook Winds, the graduate wind quintet in residence at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has recently formed the Duo Flautas Frescas with Julia Barnett, to discover, commission, and perform music for two flutes and piano. Upcoming premieres include commissioned works from Valerie Coleman and Daniel Dorff.

Recent or upcoming masterclass engagements include the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, University of Wyoming, University of Alabama, University of Nebraska in Omaha, Columbus State University, Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, and the Kinta Valley Wind Ensemble in Ipoh, Malaysia. Dr. Windell has adjudicated competitions for the National Flute Association, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the Alabama All-State Orchestra, the Atlanta Flute Club, and the Arts Association of East Alabama. She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, her masters with renowned flutist and pedagogue Carol Wincenc at Stony Brook University, and doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying with Christina Jennings. She teaches music appreciation at Auburn University and maintains a private studio. For more information, visit www.AlinaWindell.com

We are excited to have Dr. Windell join us as our morning warm up guest presenter this year! 

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