SEMFA Spring Event!
SEMFA welcomes Robert Aitken in Recital, Masterclass and Workshop on Sunday, April 17th.
SEMFA Spring Event: Sunday, April 17, 2016. Ferndale First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 48220.
2:00 PM - Robert Aitken in Recital with Dr. I-Chen Yeh, Collaborative Pianist. Special Guest: Brandon LePage
3:15 PM - Masterclass with Robert Aitken. Information and Masterclass Application is now available by contacting SEMFA Competitions Coordinator Brandon LePage at email@example.com. Applicants shall submit a movement or piece no longer than 5 minutes for pre-screening.
4:00 PM - Workshop open to all: “On Sonority - Art & Technique (De la Sonorite - Art et Technique)” by Marcel Moyse, published by Alphonse Leduc. Bring your copy of the seminal work, published in 1934, and widely considered one of the defining methods to acquire a beautiful sonority on the flute. Robert Aitken, a student of Marcel Moyse, will instruct workshop attendees in optimal practice of the exercises, helping use of this book to transform their sound and obtain a different and better tone.
Masterclass information and Pre-Registration for the recital, masterclass and workshop will be available on this page in February 2016.
World renowned Canadian flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken has been honored with the Order of Canada and is a Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the globe. He has more than 70 recordings to his credit and such notables as John Cage, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Gilles Tremblay, John Beckwith and Bruce Mather have dedicated works to him. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA). In 2004, he retired as Professor für Flöte at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years. In 2009 Aitken was the recipient Canada’s largest arts award, the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. As a composer, he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Robert Aitken was director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception.
SEMFA welcomes Robert Aitken to Detroit for our Spring Event! Add this special event to your calendar today!