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MIMI STILLMAN

is one of the most highly acclaimed flutists in the concert world today. “A magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air” The Washington Post ,“A seasoned artist of spirited, unbridled virtuosity” New York Concert Review , “Technically agile and imaginative in her use of color” The New York Times , “A ball of fire in person and on the stage” The Alexandria Journal . A Yamaha Performing Artist, Mimi Stillman is internationally acclaimed for performances as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Hilton Head Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez (Mexico City), Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Texas Brazos Valley Symphony, Orchestra 2001, Ocean City Pops, and Curtis Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Bard College, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Bay Chamber Concerts (ME), Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and Festival delle Nazioni (Italy).

Mimi Stillman is a Renaissance woman – consummate artist, entrepreneuse, historian, writer, and educator. A child prodigy, Ms. Stillman was at age 12 the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner, and at 17 she became the youngest wind player ever to win the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Equally at home with the classical canon, contemporary music, and Latin and Sephardic world music, she has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, recorded a film score for Kevin Bacon, and received hearty ovations for her brilliant performance with pianist/harpsichordist Charles Abramovic of the complete flute chamber works of Bach. She has won numerous

awards and competitions including the Astral Artists Auditions and has been awarded fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations.

In her role as Artistic and Executive Director of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, which she founded in Philadelphia in 2005, Mimi Stillman has presided over Dolce Suono’s establishment as a highly regarded and pioneering force in the music world. Dolce Suono Ensemble presents highly acclaimed chamber music concerts on its home series in Philadelphia, performs on tour, commissions important new works, makes recordings, and engages in educational outreach partnerships with Philadelphia public schools. Dolce Suono’s active commissioning program has led to the creation of 23 new works in seven years. Commissioned composers include Pulitzer Prize winners Shulamit Ran and Steven Stucky, Grammy winners Richard Danielpour and Steven Mackey, and guest composers have included George Crumb and Ned Rorem. Dolce Suono Ensemble has garnered extensive praise in the media and been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, and other organizations. Ms. Stillman is a founding member of the Dolce Suono Trio, with her longtime duo pianist Charles Abramovic and cellist Yumi Kendall.

Ms. Stillman has recorded for EMI, Innova, Albany, DTR, Dolce Suono and Centaur Records. She is regularly featured in the national press, as guest on NPR, “Performance Today,” WGBH Boston, WRTI Radio, and WHYY TV Philadelphia’s “On Canvas” show, and is host and performer on the “Musical Encounters” TV show and video “The Magic Flute.” Mimi Stillman has taught masterclasses and performed recitals for the National Flute Association, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Flute Society of Washington, D.C., Texas Flute Society, University of California, Music for All Festival, and other universities and flute societies throughout the United States. She received an MA in history and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. A published author on music and history, her articles have appeared in the

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World , The Flutist Quarterly , and other journals. She is the author of Nuits d'Étoiles: 8 Early Songs, an award-winning book of arrangements of Debussy's songs (Theodore Presser).

Orchestrally, Ms. Stillman has performed as substitute flutist in The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, André Previn, Kurt Masur, David Zinman, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, and Robert Spano.

Ms. Stillman’s 2011-2012 engagements include recitals and chamber music performances at Princeton University, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Ocean Grove Summer Stars Series (NJ), Music for All National Festival (IN), and San Diego Flute Guild; as soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic (SC) and Delaware County Symphony (PA); Dolce Suono Ensemble’s New York debut at Symphony Space, the Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents series in Philadelphia, and the launch of “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” Stillman and Abramovic’s 2-CD set for Innova Recordings.

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