Below you can read DSE Artistic Director, Mimi Stillman’s article in Flutist Quarterly in memoriam Steven Stucky, DSE commissioned composer. This year’s Dolce Suono Ensemble Young Composers Competition is held in memory of Steven Stucky.
Mimi’s recording “Freedom” with Charles Abramovic, piano and premieres by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, David Finko, and Richard Danielpour (with Yumi Kendall, cello, in the Danielpour) continues to receive fantastic reviews.
Among the recent accolades for the album and Dolce Suono Ensemble:
- Interview and Review of “Freedom” and Dolce Suono Ensemble in the Huffington Post by Lew Whittington
“Stillman and Abramovic, the core players of DSE, have been performing together for 14 years, their stellar artistic clarity and chemistry is palpable onstage and is vividly captured on their recent recording “Freedom” (recorded in Gould Hall) a collection of flute and piano pieces.”
- “Freedom” is selected as one of Top 5 New Classical CDs for Spring for WRTI Radio by Mark Pinto
- Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “The Americas Project / Musica en tus Manos” review in The Philadelphia Inquirer by David Patrick Stearns
“So much of this music simply invites you to enjoy life. But that enjoyment starts with the musicians, who were in the right zone.”
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
Photos from the Music for All Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, where Mimi taught flute masterclasses and chamber music coaching.
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.
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 excellent review of this performance in the New York Times, click here.
To purchase the music, click here.
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:
Playing Syrinx on my birthday was joyful and reflective, spending time with my beloved Debussy masterpiece.