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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.”

  • 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.”

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 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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“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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New CD: “Freedom” release October 30

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Mimi’s new CD “Freedom” with Charles Abramovic, piano will be released October 30 by Innova Recordings. This groundbreaking album contains three premiere recordings: Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s newly rediscovered 1947 Five Pieces for Flute and Piano, and two Dolce Suono Ensemble commissions by David Finko and Richard Danielpour (with Yumi Kendall, cello). This compelling recording is a testament to the triumph of artistic freedom and the human spirit.

Click here for Innova Recordings page.

Click here to pre-order at Amazon.

Click here to pre-order at iTunes.

Mimi Stillman at National Flute Association

Mimi Stillman will perform at the National Flute Association Convention at the Mariott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:15-2:05 venue: Thurgood South/West

Recital: Mimi Stillman, flute and Charles Abramovic, piano

Program: André Jolivet, Chant de Linos; Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano; David Ludwig, Canzoniere for Flute and Piano; Claude Debussy, Songs from Nuits d’étoiles (arranged by Mimi Stillman)

Join Mimi and Charlie after their recital for a CD and book-signing at the Flute World booth in the exhibition hall at 2:30pm.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 5:00-6:00pm venue: Harding

Drop-In Trios and Quartets: Play along with Mimi, who will be special guest artist at this chamber music reading.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:45-3:10 venue: Hoover

Yamaha Exhibitor Showcase:  Mimi presents “Go Beyond the Page, Captivate Your Audience, and Make it Look Easy”

– Visit with Mimi at the Yamaha booth at the exhibit hall!

Click here for details at National Flute Association website.

“Syrinx” among Japanese prints at Arthur Ross Gallery

It was fitting to perform Syrinx at the exhibition “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Print” at Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. Among the artworks displayed were works by Hiroshige and Hokusai, artists who inspired Claude Debussy.

This concert, on May 14, 2015, was one of Dolce Suono Ensemble’s series at Arthur Ross Gallery, offered in conjunction with its exhibitions.