GUEST ARTIST: Alexa Still
Alexa Still is known internationally for her many recordings on the Koch International Classics label.
A New Zealander, Still’s graduate study was in New York at SUNY Stony Brook where she also won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and East and West Artists Competition. She then won principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. While home, she received a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright award. In 1998, she left the NZSO to become Associate Professor of Flute at University of Colorado at Boulder. She then moved to Sydney in 2006, where she became Professor of Flute and Director of Performance research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She began in her new position at Oberlin Conservatory in 2011.
Still has presented recitals, concertos and master classes throughout the world. Her 13th solo compact disc, concertos including the “Pied Piper Fantasy,” was released in September 2004 to unanimous acclaim.
“Anyone who doubts Still's dumbfounding technical ability or complete tonal control should hear these. … You just won't hear better-sustained flute playing on disc than this,” reviewed Fanfare Magazine.
Still’s 14th album was released in January 2008, which had music for flute and piano with New York-based English pianist Stephen Gosling. Sequenza 21 commented that, “both performers are constantly praised for their technical prowess and amazing ability to make the most challenging works sound effortless and easy. Reviewers far and wide agree that Alexa Still doesn’t make anything sound tough. She gracefully sprints and hurdles through menacing challenges without seeming to break a sweat. Added to this technical superiority comes an equally superior sensitive musical side. This disc isn’t just flautistic fireworks.”
Still has also served her profession as president of the National Flute Association and regularly contributes articles to flute journals across the globe. For more information on Still, visit alexastill.com.