Recital/Performance Program Information
MIMI STILLMAN is one of the most celebrated flutists in the music world critically acclaimed for her brilliant artistry, passionate interpretation, and innovative programming. Hailed as "a consummate and charismatic performer" (The New York Times), she has appeared as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Hilton Head Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra First Editions, and Orchestra 2001, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Brooklyn's Roulette, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bard College, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and Kol HaMusica in Israel. A wide-ranging and innovative artist, “Stillman’s great technical ability and use of color create a powerful experience for the listener.” (The New York Sun) Ms. Stillman celebrates the canon while deeply exploring new music and Latin genres. Her "Syrinx Journey", with which she honored Claude Debussy on his 150th birthday by making a video of his three-minute masterpiece "Syrinx' every day for one year, captivated a global audience.
As founding Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, Mimi Stillman has created a dynamic force in the music world highly regarded for its chamber music concerts of Baroque to contemporary music. Featured as Chamber Music America's "American Ensemble", Dolce Suono Ensemble boasts 44 commissioned works in 11 seasons. Ms. Stillman has premiered works by eminent composers including Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, David Ludwig, and the late Steven Stucky. She has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with artists including Lucy Shelton, Eric Owens, Juan Diego Flórez, Julius Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, The Dover Quartet, Anthony Newman, and Roberto Díaz, and recorded a film soundtrack for Kevin Bacon. At the invitation of Plácido Domingo, Ms. Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble enjoy a partnership with Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Orchestrally, she has played under the baton of conductors including Simon Rattle, André Previn, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marin Alsop, and Robert Spano.
With an extraordinary range of accomplishments and intellectual interests, Mimi Stillman made the leap from child prodigy to inimitable artist. At age 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with the legendary Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner and earned her Bachelor of Music degree. She received a MA and PhD (abd) in History at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author on music and history integrating scholarship with her artistic vision in projects with her hallmark, thought-provoking depth. She is lauded for expanding the flute repertoire through her arrangements and compositions among them her award-winning Nuits d'Étoiles: 8 Early Songs of Claude Debussy (Theodore Presser). She can be heard on several recordings including her critically praised "Freedom", music for flute, piano, and the human spirit, and "Odyssey: 11 American Premieres" (Innova), both with her longstanding duo pianist Charles Abramovic.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Mimi Stillman has won many competitions and awards including Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Bärenreiter Prize for Best Historical Performance for Winds, Astral Artists, and the Philadelphia Women in the Arts Award. Devoted to education, she has taught masterclasses for institutions including the National Flute Association, Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, the universities of Texas, California, Virginia, Florida and at conservatories and flute associations worldwide. Her Música en tus Manos (Music in Your Hands) project to introduce chamber music to the Latino community of Philadelphia won the Knight Arts Challenge Grant. She is on faculty of Curtis Summerfest, Music for All National Festival, and University of Pennsylvania. www.mimistillman.com
Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He has performed a vast repertoire not only on the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has given solo recitals throughout the United States, France and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen and Vancouver.
Abramovic has performed often with such stellar artists as Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, Mimi Stillman and Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius for DTR recordings has been widely praised. He has recorded for EMI Classics with violinist Sarah Chang, and Avie Recordings with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner. Actively involved with contemporary music, he has also recorded works of Milton Babbitt, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller and others for Albany Records, CRI, Bridge, and Naxos.
Abramovic has taught at Temple since 1988. He is an active part of the musical life of Philadelphia, performing with numerous organizations in the city. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. In 1997 he received the Career Development Grant from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and in 2003 received the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University. His teachers have included Natalie Phillips, Eleanor Sokoloff, Leon Fleisher, and Harvey Wedeen. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and received his doctorate from Temple University.
Largo e dolce
“Song to the Moon” from Rusalka