Amy Porter is releasing this project as 16 individual video downloads. Each will correspond to a chapter of the physical DVD, which will be released separately.
CHAPTER 01: Romance (1905) from Philippe Gaubert: The Complete Works for Flute and Piano, a Study Guide with Amy Porter.
Assisted by Tim Carey (piano)
Special Guest Dr. Penelope Fischer (historical commentary)
Item Number: AP01
Year Recorded: 2017
The Gaubert Cycle: Romance (1905)
Tim Carey - piano
Penelope Fischer - historical commentary
Amy Porter - flute
In a versatile and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert performers, American flutist Amy Porter has become one of the most skillful and creative muses for composers of our time. Critics uniquely note her “strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection and a sense of humor.” Ms. Porter combines her exceptional musical talent with her passion for scholarship and her musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for her concerts and discography. Regarding German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert, a reviewer from Spain notes, “from the other world he has been inspired and taking pride in the soul of his true muse, Amy Porter.”
Ms. Porter first leapt to international attention winning the Third Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, which led to invitations to perform throughout the world. In 2005 she returned to Kobe, Japan to serve as the American jury member at the Sixth Kobe International Flute Competition. In 2001 she won the Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition in France, combined with the Alphonse Leduc Prize for outstanding musicianship. In the United States, Ms. Porter has won first prizes in the Young Artists Competitions of the National Flute Association, Artists International, Ima Hogg, and Flute Talk, among others. In 2006 Ms. Porter became the first performing artist by the University of Michigan to be named a Henry Russel Award recipient for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher.
Ms. Porter is a Haynes Artist who performs recitals in the major concert halls of Asia and the United States with pianist Christopher Harding. She has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Porter has been heard in recital on National Public Radio, highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center. She has been featured on the covers and written articles for Flute Talk Magazine in the USA and The Flute Magazine in Japan.
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Porter gives one of the premiere performances as part of a consortium of Elegy, Soliloquy and Finale for flute and strings by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Ms. Porter is engaged for recitals in Seattle(WA), Kingsville (TX), Mobile (AL), Augusta (GA), Aiken (SC), and Ann Arbor (MI), and she will perform and record her commissioned concerto “Trail of Tears” by Michael Daugherty with the Albany (NY) Symphony and with the Billings (MT) Symphony. She will also perform at the 2015 National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C. An avid arranger and editor of educational study guides, Carl Fischer Publishers produced Ms. Porter’s arrangement of the Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach for Flute. Simultaneously she released a two-CD set of selections from the Cello Suites, recorded in Ann Arbor’s historic Hill Auditorium and available on the Equilibrium record label.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Porter is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Her teachers at Juilliard were Samuel Baron and Jeanne Baxtresser, and in Austria her teachers were Alain Marion and Peter-Lukas Graf. After Juilliard, she held the position of Associate Principal Flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for eight years before becoming Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. She is the founder and Past President of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association. She is founder of the popular workshop, “Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound” held annually in Ann Arbor with Professor of Theatre (Movement) Jerald Schwiebert and internationally renowned guests. She also is the master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced High School students at U of M.
Tim Carey - piano
Tim Carey, who lives in Chelmsford, England, enjoys a career full of variety, as solo performer, chamber-music player, orchestral keyboard player and teacher.
His early studies were with Harold Parker, Louis Kentner, and then, at the Royal College of Music, London, with Kendall Taylor, David Parkhouse, and Bernard Roberts. He was awarded many prizes and scholarships during his time there, both in and outside college.
He now spends his time partnering many different instrumentalists, especially flautists, in a large variety of chamber-music combinations, as well as giving the occasional solo recital or concerto performance. He is the regular pianist for many flute festivals and conventions all over the world. Last year included six trips to the USA, as well as China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Sweden, Slovenia and elsewhere, all working with flautists.
As an orchestral keyboard player he has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Orchestras, the Philharmonia, Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Opera and currently with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is also much in demand as a teacher throughout his home county of Essex.
When not actively involved in musical pursuits, Tim still finds time for his other interests which include languages, collecting and restoring cars, aircraft, boats and spending time with his large family.
Penelope Fischer - historical commentary
Penelope Fischer is the winner of three national music competitions, the principal flutist emeritus of the Ann Arbor Symphony, a performing member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the Ann Arbor Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
She can be heard on recent recordings on the Koch, Crystal, and ACA labels & a newly-released Naxos CD of the Ann Arbor Symphony showcasing her as their principal flutist & soloist in Paul Fetler’s “Capriccio.” She has been a featured soloist with AASO.
She has taught at the George Washington University, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University & was a co-founder & founding director of the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. She has an active private flute studio and in the summers she has taught at Pine Mountain and Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp. She has performed at Aston Magna, Stonybrook Bach, Tidewater, Kapalua, Great Lakes, Macinac Island, Pine Mountain, & Leipzig Bach Music Festivals. When she lived in Washington DC she performed frequently at the Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art and was principal flutist of the Washington Bach Consort (flute and traverso), the Alexandria (VA) Symphony, and the Washington Sinfonia.
She was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” from the National Flute Association in 2015 and has been honored by the Southeast Michigan Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington, DC for her service. She was a delegate on two professional cultural exchanges to Russia, one to China and Japan, and led a National Flute Association delegation to the Czech Republic and Germany when she was President of NFA. She has served NFA also as a Board member, competitions judge, and on many committees; served as President and Board Member of the Flute Society of Washington (DC) and President and Board Member of Southeast Michigan Flute Association. She has given masterclasses and judged competitions at many international, national, and regional music conferences.
She is currently president of Ann Arbor’s Society for Musical Arts which runs a concert series showcasing talented regional artists and sponsors two music competitions. Her degrees are from Universities of Iowa (B.Mus), Michigan (M.Mus cum laude), and Maryland (D.M.A.) with additional study in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal and with Geoffrey Gilbert. Her doctoral dissertation is on French flutist/composer/conductor Philippe Gaubert.
She has given her popular Baroque Dance 101 for Musicians workshop all around the US and in Asia. She lectures on and collects Russian lacquer boxes – an interest started in while soloing with the U. of Iowa Symphonic Band on a US State Department Cultural Exchange to Moscow and St. Petersburg & deepened on subsequent trips to Russia in 1989, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2007. She has been a host/guest lecturer on five U of Michigan Alumni tours to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Costa Rica, Russia, Celtic Lands (Brittany, Ireland, Wales, Scotland) and Tanzania with her husband Ken Fischer who is President of the University Musical Society of U. of Michigan. Her son Matthew Fischer is Vice-President overseeing the App Store at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA.
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