MIMI STILLMAN, one of the most celebrated and innovative flutists of her generation, has been hailed by The New York Times as “a consummate and charismatic performer.” Called “the coolest flute player” by Philadelphia Magazine, she is critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry and communicative powers. She has performed as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Symphony Space, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and Kol HaMusica (Israel). 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. Her many awards include Young Concert Artists international Auditions, Astral Artists, the Bärenreiter Prize for Best Historical Performance for Winds, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia.
A wide-ranging artist, Ms. Stillman is equally at home with the classical canon, new music, and Latin genres. She holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history, integrating scholarship with her artistic vision in projects with her hallmark, thought-provoking depth. A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Mimi Stillman has taught masterclasses for the National Flute Association, Eastman School of Music, University of California, Cornell University, and conservatories and flute societies throughout the world. She is on faculty at Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest and Music For All National Festival.
Ms. Stillman can be heard on several CDs for EMI, Innova, and other labels, as well as a film score for Kevin Bacon. Her recordings “Freedom” and “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” with pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova), have received rave reviews on four continents. Her recordings can be heard on Performance Today, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and WWFM The Classical Network where she is broadcast co-host. She is a frequent guest speaker at arts organizations and interviewee on radio, television, and online media. Her unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, garnered an international following.
As Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble which she founded in 2005, Mimi Stillman has created a dynamic force in the music world. With acclaimed performances and the premieres of 44 commissioned works in 11 seasons, Dolce Suono Ensemble was Chamber Music America’s featured American Ensemble and won the Knight Arts Challenge for its “Música en tus Manos” engagement initiative with the Latino community. www.mimistillman.org
Photo by Vanessa Briceño