MIMI STILLMAN is one of the most celebrated flutists in the concert world today. She has been hailed by The Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air” and praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her “full-toned charisma”.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, she has been critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation in 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, Orchestra 2001, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Delaware County Symphony, Texas Brazos Valley Symphony, 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, Princeton University, 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. At age 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She was the youngest wind player ever to win Young Concert Artists, and counts among her numerous prizes and awards Astral Artists Auditions, fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, the Arthur W. Foote Award, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia.
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 32 new works in nine 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. “This adventurous Philadelphia ensemble has commissioned 23 pieces since its founding in 2005 by gifted flutist Mimi Stillman.” –Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
Ms. Stillman has recorded for EMI, Innova, Albany, DTR, Dolce Suono and Centaur Records. Her 2-CD set, “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano”, with duo pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova Recordings, 2011) has received media praise and radio plays on four continents. She is regularly featured in the national press, as guest on NPR, “Performance Today,” WGBH Boston, WRTI Philadelphia, WQXR and WNYC, New York, WWFM, NY-NJ, New England Public Radio, and internationally, on radio stations including Kol HaMusica, Israel. She can be seen on WHYY TV Philadelphia’s “On Canvas” show, and is host and performer on the “Musical Encounters” TV show and video “The Magic Flute.” 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 performance with pianist/harpsichordist Charles Abramovic of the complete flute chamber works of Bach.
Mimi Stillman has taught masterclasses and performed recitals for universities and flute societies including the National Flute Association, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Flute Society of Washington, D.C., Texas Flute Society, University of California, and as Yamaha Clinician at the Music for All Festival. She teaches on the faculty of the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians and High School Music Program at the Curtis Institute of Music Summer programs. She received an MA in history 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 as well as NewMusicBox. 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, Sir André Previn, Kurt Masur, David Zinman, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, and Robert Spano.
Ms. Stillman’s 2013-2014 engagements include recitals, masterclasses, and chamber music performances at Lake George Music Festival, Ear Heart Music series at Roulette in Brooklyn, Swarthmore College, solo performances with the Delaware County Symphony and Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, as guest artist for South Carolina Flute Society, flute clinician at Yamaha’s Music for All Festival, on the Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents series in Philadelphia, with DSE for the Hispanic Choice Awards, at Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, the continuation of DSE’s partnership with Washington National Opera Doming-Cafritz Young Artists at the invitation of Plácido Domingo, and as soloist with the Delaware County Symphony. Her newest CD release is as piccolo soloist in David Finko’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra with Orchestra 2001 and James Freeman on Centaur Records. Her unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, has garnered an international following.