**COVID-19 protocols: for every in-person event, proof of vaccination is required or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event**
May 7, 2022 at 2:00-4:00pm EST
Grace Lutheran Church
925 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ
Associate Professor of Flute, Carnegie Mellon University
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co-sponsored by The Flute Academy
Described as a virtuoso flutist by the Boston Globe, Alberto Almarza brings a unique and passionate approach to music. His versatility and musicianship have led him to perform and record some of the most adventurous and challenging pieces from the music of today as well as works from the standard repertoire and Baroque literature on period instruments.
A native of Chile, Mr. Almarza previously held the position of Principal Flute of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile, and currently serves on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon as Associate Professor of Flute and Head of the Flute Department. Additionally, he is the founder and Director of Carnegie Mellon’s The Consummate Flutist.
His skills as a pedagogue, lecturer and recitalist have led to invitations from international festivals in the U.S., Europe, Korea and Latin America, and most recently, to perform at a TED TALK Conference. He has served at the National Flute Association Advisory Board for New Music and the Career and Artistic Development Committees, and currently is a member of the Flute Quarterly’s editorial board.
Mr. Almarza has appeared as soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Memphis Symphony, BachFest Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonic, National Symphony and National Chamber Orchestras of Chile, and has collaborated with such artists as Julius Baker, Andrés Cárdenes, Alex Klein, Lionel Party, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the Arianna String Quartet among others. As a leading proponent of new music for the flute, Mr. Almarza has been instrumental in expanding the repertoire with numerous commissions and premieres of works by composers from around the world. Pieces written for him include six flute concerti and dozens of solo and chamber works.
He can be heard on radio broadcasts of International Music from Carnegie Mellon throughout North and South America, on compact discs from New Albion, Elán, Albany Records and Centaur Recordings as well as on a Naxos Records compact disc of the Flute Concerto by Reza Vali with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. And most recently he and his vast flute collection were featured on the PBS program Horizons.
During his free time Mr. Almarza enjoys adventure motorcycling, and has ridden to some of the most remote places around the world, including Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and secluded areas in New Zealand. He is also an avid bird-watcher, and a private pilot.