Internationally acclaimed flutist to perform at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 16 February 2009

TROY – Internationally acclaimed flutist Susan Milan will conduct master classes and give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

Her visit is sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the John M. Long School of Music, Troy University Bands, Sigma Alpha Iota, the Flute Studio of Carol Franks, the Troy Arts Council and the Confucius Institute at Troy, according to Dr. Tim Phillips, an assistant professor in the School of Music.

Milan, a flute professor at the Royal College of Music in London, England, and the former principal flutist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will teach a master class from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday in the Hall of Honor.

She was the first woman to be appointed a member and principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning a broad career as an orchestral principal, chamber musician, soloist, teacher and lecturer. In Great Britain, she has performed concertos with all the major orchestras and she tours frequently throughout Europe, USA, Australia and East Asia. She has given numerous world and UK premieres and has inspired contemporary composers to write for her, among them Richard Rodney Bennett, Antal Dorati, Carl Davis, Jindrich Feld, Edwin Roxburgh, Robert Saxton, Ole Schmidt, Robert Simpson, Keith Gates, Cecilia McDowall and Brian Lock.

In the academic field, Milan has researched and published 19th century repertoire for Boosey & Hawkes and is currently restoring and processing for CD her collection of historic 78 recordings of flautists 1910-1945.

She is a professor and fellow of the Royal College of Music, where she was herself a scholar at the age of 16 and she is often invited to give master classes in the UK, USA, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. In 2007, she launched the Charterhouse International Music Festival which takes place during the summer and promotes chamber music with wind, strings, piano, voice and harp, featuring outstanding young performers.

Joining Milan at TROY is her pianist, Lillian Buss Pearson, an instructor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Westfield State College.

Both the recital and master class is free and open to the public.