Paul and Barbara Henkels Chair
Canadian-born Jeffrey Khaner has been principal flute of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990. From 1982 to 1990 he was principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra, and he has also served as principal of the New York Mostly Mozart Festival and the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, and as co-principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

A noted soloist, Mr. Khaner has performed concertos with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia, collaborating with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Werner Henze, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Yutaka Sado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwartz, José Serebrier, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Mr. Khaner’s concerto repertoire is extensive and he has premiered many works, including the concerto by Ned Rorem written for him in 2003. As a recitalist Mr. Khaner has appeared on four continents with pianists Charles Abramovic, Mr. Eschenbach, Lowell Liebermann, Mr. Sawallisch, Hugh Sung, and many others. He regularly incorporates into his programs the music of today’s composers, many of whom have written expressly for him.

Mr. Khaner is a founding member of the Syrinx Trio (with former Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Viola Roberto Díaz and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen), which made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 at Weill Recital Hall. 

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Khaner was named to the faculty as flute professor in 2004, holding the position formerly held by his mentor, the late Julius Baker. Since 1985 he has been a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is also on the faculty of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He has given master classes throughout North, South, and Central America; Europe; and Asia.

Mr. Khaner has participated as a performer and teacher at many summer festivals and seminars, including the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, the New World Symphony, the Pacific Music and Hamamatsu festivals in Japan, the Sarasota and Grand Teton festivals, and the Lake Placid Institute. In 1995 he was selected by Georg Solti to be principal flute of the World Orchestra for Peace, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. The orchestra regularly reconvenes, most recently in January 2011 in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to his orchestral recordings, Mr. Khaner has extensively recorded solo flute repertoire on the Avie, Chesky, and Naxos labels. His editions of repertoire, including the Brahms sonatas, are published by the Theodore Presser Company. He is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician. For more information on Mr. Khaner, please visit
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