Mimi Stillman is one of today’s most celebrated flutists. She has been hailed by The New York Times as “a consummate and charismatic performer” and by The Diario de Yucatán as “an amazing flutist” praising her “exquisite purity of sound and depth of emotion”. Ms. Stillman is “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air”, writes The Washington Post. Critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation, she has performed as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Delaware County Symphony, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Symphony Space, Brooklyn’s Roulette, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Musical Association, Princeton University, Cornell University, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Verbier Festival, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concert Series, and Israel radio Kol HaMusica.
Mimi Stillman is a Renaissance woman – acclaimed 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. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was the youngest wind player ever to win Young Concert Artists. She has won numerous other prizes, awards, and competitions including Astral Artists, 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. She can be heard on several CDs and recorded a film score for Kevin Bacon. Her recording “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” a 2-CD set with pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova), has received rave reviews and radio plays on four continents.
Ms. Stillman holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is 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. She has given flute masterclasses, lecture-recitals, and new music symposia at institutions including the Eastman School of Music, University of California, University of Arizona, National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán (ESAY), New York Flute Society, Cornell University, George Mason University, San Diego Flute Society, Upper Midwest Flute Society, and as flute masterclass and chamber music clinician for Yamaha. Ms. Stillman’s unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, garnered an international following.
Ms. Stillman is on faculty at Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest, where she teaches in programs devoted to chamber and orchestral music for adults, flute masterclass, and the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP), and is Distinguished Faculty Chair of the Shirley Curtiss Center for Woodwind Studies at Settlement Music School.
As Artistic and Executive Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, which she founded in 2005, Mimi Stillman has presided over its establishment as a highly regarded pioneering force in the music world. In addition to performances including venues in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Chicago, Rhode Island, and at Bard College and the premieres of 32 commissioned works in 9 seasons, Dolce Suono Ensemble won the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge for its “Música en tus Manos” engagement initiative with the Latino community of Philadelphia. Dolce Suono Ensemble enjoys a partnership with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of Washington National Opera at the invitation of Plácido Domingo.
Ms. Stillman’s 2014-2015 engagements include recitals, masterclasses, and chamber music performances at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, for the National Flute Association, on the Young Concert Artists series at Merkin Hall in New York, on the Laurel Hill Candlelight Concerts series in Philadelphia, as soloist with the Old York Road Symphony and with Anthony Newman’s Bedford Chamber Concerts ensemble, on a recital and masterclass tour presented by Yamaha at Indiana University, DePaul University, Indiana State University and other venues in Illinois and Indiana, and as flute masterclass clinican at Yamaha’s Music for All Festival in Indianapolis and performer and coach at the new chamber music initiative of Music for All. With the Dolce Suono Ensemble, she gives performances on the DSE Presents series in Philadelphia, for Curtis Presents, in a residency at Lake George Music Festival and on a tour of South Carolina. Ms. Stillman’s two forthcoming CDs for release this season include “Music of Freedom” with her duo pianist Charles Abramovic in premiere recordings by Richard Danielpour, David Finko, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg and DSE’s “Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60” project with soloist Eric Owens, bass-baritone in works by Mahler and commissions by David Ludwig, Steven Mackey, and Steven Stucky. www.mimistillman.org