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Mimi’s Indiana tour, March 2016

Photos from Mimi’s tour in Indiana. Recital and masterclass at Indiana State University. With Martha Krasnican, piano, Joyce Wilson, flute professor, and Daniel Powers, composer

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Photos from the Music for All Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, where Mimi taught flute masterclasses and chamber music coaching.

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Remembering Steven Stucky

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Steven Stucky, my dear friend, colleague, mentor. My Dolce Suono Ensemble musicians and I worked closely with him on his commissioned piece for “Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60” and other projects. Steve gave us so much more than his musical genius and towering intellect – his generosity of spirit, humor, humility, and all-encompassing love for music. The things I learned from my discussions with Steve, about music and his beloved literature and poetry, are without number. Yet he wore his many laurels gracefully, always rolling up his sleeves to help the performers (like the time he saved the day helping us put together a stubborn vibraphone right before a concert!). I miss him already, and he will always be a beacon of light and inspiration for me and all the many people whose lives he touched.

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Mimi performs Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s “Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano”

Mimi Stillman, flute, and Charles Abramovic, piano
Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano

I. Andantino sostenuto

II. Lento affettuoso

III. Con anima

IV. Vivace con spirito

New York premiere on the Young Concert Artists Composers Concert at Merkin Concert Hall
February 17, 2015

Commisioned by Mimi Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble

For premiere recording by Stillman/Abramovic recording on “Odyssey” (Innova Recordings), click here.

For excellent review of this performance in the New York Times, click here.

To purchase the music, click here.

Mimi Stillman’s article in Flutist Quarterly “Into the Light: Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Five Pieces for Flute and Piano”

Mimi’s article on Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Five Pieces for Flute and Piano has appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of the Flutist Quarterly, the journal of the National Flute Association.  She writes about the composer’s narrow escapes from Nazi and Soviet persecution and prolific oeuvre in addition to the excellent Five Pieces for Flute and Piano, of which she gave the U.S. premiere and made the first recording with pianist Charles Abramovic.

Click here to read the article:

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“Syrinx” at Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napoleon III

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Feeling grateful for all the good things, including beautiful music.

I performed “Syrinx” while perusing the exhibition right before giving a recital with guitarist Gideon Whitehead at Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. It was part of my Dolce Suono Ensemble’s series of co-presented concerts with the gallery.

Our program explored the themes of Paris in the second empire and travel, with works by Verdi/Genin, Donjon, Paganini, Bosch, Dyens, Robert Maggio, and Lowell Liebermann.

“Freedom” ranks highly on Billboard’s classical charts

Mimi Stillman’s new CD “Freedom” (Innova Recordings) with premiere recordings by Richard Danielpour, David Finko, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg, ranked highly on Billboard‘s classical charts!  In this recording of music for the triumph of artistic freedom and the human spirit, Mimi is joined by longtime duo pianist Charles Abramovic, and in the Danielpour, cellist Yumi Kendall.

Visit album page at Innova here. Purchase at Amazon here or iTunes here.

Here are some early media coverage and rave reviews for “Freedom”:

Tablet Magazine’s Vox podcast. Listen to Mimi talk about “Freedom”:
“Stillman’s great technical ability and use of color creates a powerful experience for the listener… the duo of Stillman and Abramovic has been working together for 14 years and their sensitive, passionate playing plumbs the depths of sorrow and inspiration.” 
Jonathan S. Tobin, The New York Sun
“Gravitas for flute. . .likely to expand the flute repertoire with works that defy the stereotypical emotional limitations of wind instruments.”
– David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Mimi Stillman brings tremendous brilliance, authority, as well as nuance to her playing. Accolades go to her stellar collaborators too: pianist Charles Abramovic, whose partnership with Stillman makes for a hand-in-glove match.”
Shulamit Ran, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
“An invaluable disc, beautifully played and beautifully recorded”
Steven Stucky, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
“Not only do they [Stillman and Abramovic] find just the right rhythmic balance, but even their tones interact in a lovely way, with Stillman’s always fresh, tightly focused sound finding a welcome embrace in Abramovic’s multi-hued tonality.”
Peter Burwasser, Broad Street Review
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