Elizabeth Mann, flute

Biography

Elizabeth MannElizabeth Mann has served as principal flute of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble since 1983. She has toured the United States performing the Mozart Flute Concerto under the baton of Andrè Previn; traveled throughout Spain and Japan performing the Brandenburg Concerti with renowned violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo; and was guest artist at the Lochenhaus Festival in Austria under the direction of Gidon Kremer. In 1998 Ms. Mann and Mr. Kremer played the U.S. premiere of the Gubaidalina Concerto for Flute and Violin with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared in recital at the Aldeborough Music Festival in England, the Library of Congress and at Carnegie Hall. Other solo performances include concertos with the Boston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the National Chamber Orchestra of Baltimore.

In past seasons, Ms. Mann has played principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and acting associate principal flute with the Boston Symphony. She performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, and as principal flute of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ms. Mann has been highlighted in many of the concerts. She has received critical acclaim for performances with Samuel Ramey, Joan Sutherland and Victoria de Los Angeles, among others.

Elizabeth Mann began studying flute at age eight. She won the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at age 12, performing as soloist with the Boston Symphony. Ms. Mann is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Julius Baker. She can be heard on recordings by CBC Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon, Angel Records, MusicMasters and New World Records. She, along with Deborah Hoffman, principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera, has released the CD Reflections: Transcriptions for Flute and Harp on Arabesque Records.

Photo credit Paul Goode

 

Interview

I started playing the flute when I was eight years old. My parents gave me piano lessons when I was five, and then after hearing Jean Pierre Rampal play a recital, I asked them if I could switch to the flute.

I joined St. Luke's a long time ago, when I was just twenty two. It's hard to believe! It is very difficult to say what has been my favorite Luke's moment with so many memories. One of the things I enjoy so much about the group, is all the variety of music and how the musicians approach each project with passion and artistic integrity, from playing Mozart Piano Concerti with great soloists, playing chamber music with the ensemble members, getting to premiere new pieces and just recently, performing Golijov's new Opera at Lincoln Center. I have a lot of composers and recordings that are my favorite, depending on my mood, the week, or even the music I am working on. Mozart and Brahms are high on my list and of course Chopin.

For fun away from the flute, I've always enjoyed tennis, and it is also where I met my husband Matthew.


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