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Canadian-born flutist Jeffrey Khaner has been principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990. From 1982 to 1990 he was principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra, and he has also served as principal of the New York Mostly Mozart Festival and the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, and as co-principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
A noted soloist, Mr. Khaner has performed concertos with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia, collaborating with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Werner Henze, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Yutaka Sado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwarz, José Serebrier, Robert Spano, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Mr. Khaner’s concerto repertoire is extensive and he has premiered many works including concertos by Behzad Ranjbaran, Ned Rorem, Jonathan Leshnoff, Eric Sessler, and David Chesky, all written for him. As a recitalist, Mr. Khaner has appeared on four continents with pianists Charles Abramovic, Christoph Eschenbach, Lowell Liebermann, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Hugh Sung, and many others. He regularly incorporates into the programs the music of today’s composers, many of whom have written expressly for him.
Mr. Khaner is a founding member of the Syrinx Trio (with former Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Viola Roberto Díaz and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen), which made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 at Weill Recital Hall.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Khaner was named to the faculty as flute professor in 2004, holding the position formerly held by his mentor, the late Julius Baker. Since 1985 he has been a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is also Professor of Flute at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. He has given master classes throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Khaner has also participated as a performer and teacher at many summer festivals and seminars, including the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, the New World Symphony, the Pacific Music and the Hamamatsu festivals in Japan, the Sarasota and Grand Teton festivals, and the Lake Placid Institute. In 1995 he was selected by Sir Georg Solti to be principal flute of the World Orchestra for Peace, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. The orchestra regularly reconvenes in venues throughout the world.
In addition to his orchestral recordings, Mr. Khaner has extensively recorded solo flute repertoire. He has released seven critically acclaimed solo CDs on the Avie label – American, British, Czech, French, German, and Romantic Flute Music, and Brahms and Schumann sonatas and romances. His recording of David Chesky’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, appears on Chesky Records and his recording of Ned Rorem’s concerto is on Naxos. His editions of repertoire, including the Brahms sonatas, are published by the Theodore Presser Company. He is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician. For more information on Mr. Khaner, please visit www.iflute.com.
Mimi Stillman is one of today’s most celebrated flutists. She has been hailed by the Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air,” and praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “full-toned charisma.” Critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation, she has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Bach Collegium Stuttgart among other orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Verbier Festival, and Israeli radio Kol Hamusica.
At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was the youngest wind player ever to win the Young Concert Artists competition. She has won numerous other prizes and awards, including Astral Artists auditions, fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia. She can be heard on eight CDs, including Odyssey: Eleven American Premieres for Flute and Piano with pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova Recordings), which has received rave reviews and radio plays on four continents.
Ms. Stillman holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She has given flute master classes, lecture-recitals, and new music symposia at the Eastman School of Music, University of California, University of Arizona, National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and numerous other institutions.
As artistic and executive director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, Ms. Stillman has presided over its establishment as a highly regarded pioneering force in the music world. According to the New York Times, “this adventurous Philadelphia ensemble has commissioned 23 pieces since its founding in 2005 by gifted flutist Mimi Stillman.” Her unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, has garnered an international following. www.mimistillman.org