Recital Tour of China, Yixing
November 11, 2015 —
I'm thrilled to be joining the phenomenal New York New Music Ensemble as their new pernament flute player. NYNME has had a profound influence on the new music scene in New York and the wold since it's creation in 1976, working with and comissioning leading composers of our time and recording and performing new works in a variety of spaces. One of muy most memorable performances while at Juilliard was playng Charles Wuorinen's New York Notes with the AXIOM Ensemble, a piece comissioned by and written specifically for NYNME. This piece is one of the gems of the 21st century and I had the honour of playing it with NYNME last June at June in Buffalo. It was both intimidating and incredibly exciting and I am so glad to join them as they comission and perform more works that will become part of the canon in the future. Don't miss this seasons concerts on Feburary 27th, March 22nd, and May 9th 2016. To find out more, visit their website: www.nynme.org
November 09, 2015 —
I'm thrilled to be heading out to San Francisco to give a short performance and talk on a panel all about the intersection of music and technology. Hosted by Hello Stage and Runway - don't miss it! More information here: http://www.classicalgoestech.com
October 29, 2015 —
I'm thrilled to be speaking at TEDX San Francisco. I'll be talking about some common threads that connect different kinds of music!
October 13, 2014 —
I am so honored to have been awarded a grant from the illustrious Charlotte White and her Salon de Virtuosi. Since 1995 the Salon has fulfilled a vital dream by awarding Career Grants to the most deserving of their uniquely gifted international emerging talents. Up to this point, Salon de Virtuosi (SDV) has endowed these young artists with over $475,000 in Grants.
For more information please visit: Salon de Virtuosi
August 08, 2014 —
I'm taking a quick 24 hours off from Marlboro to head to Chicago to perform my YAC winner's recital at the 2014 National Flute Convention. Don't miss it! Details here:http://www.nfaonline.org/Annual-Convention/
January 17, 2014 —
Check out my talk from November's TEDXBeaconStreet event in Boston, MA. It has been featured as an TedX editor's pick here!
Watch the talk here!
November 17, 2013 —
On Sunday November 17th I will be giving my first TED talk as part of TEDXBeacon Street. I will be talking and performing all about how Classical Music was and is not what we think it is.
Click here for the live stream, update, my talk begins around 6:55:00
October 05, 2013 —
Check out my October 2013 Newsletter full of summer travels, pictures, upcoming concerts and more!
September 01, 2013 —
I am so thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Faculty of the University at Buffalo, teaching Flute and Ear Training in the coming year. Read more about this on the Unviersity at Buffalo's website.
August 11, 2013 —
After one of the most grueling and stressful weeks of my life I am so excited to share that I won the Young Artist Competition at the 2013 National Flute Association Convention. A big congratulations to all of my fellow competitors. Looking forward to performing my winners recital at the 2014 Convention in Chicago!
August 04, 2013 —
Northern California looks like a Dr. Seuss novel....for adults. All those perfectly rounded golden hills with vineyards nestled in between - heaven! Just spent an amazing week coaching pianists at pianoSonoma, under the direction of pianists extraodinaire Michael Shinn and Jessica Chow. Ate way too much amazing food, tasted sooo much incredible wine, and worked on some of the most beautiful French flute music. (I even played the violin past for the g minor Brahms quartet!!) Stay tuned for New York pianoSonoma events and apply for next year's sessions here.
Gorgeous picture from Chalk Hill Vineyards, the location of our final concert.
July 17, 2013 —
Chicago is awesome. It's been a wonderful week catching up with old friends and having a true tour of Chicago from amazing local artist David Csicsko (if you haven't seen his work at the Belmont station go now!!) Today's concert was packed with over 450 people cramming into the Cicago Cultural Center's stunning Preston Bradley Hall on this incredibly hot day to hear a quick 40 minutes of flute music. What was most special was the over 30 Csicsko family members who came to Chicago to hear David's cousin, Nick Csicsko's new piece, written especially for this concert, titled "Nocturne." The concert was broadcast on Chicago's classical music station WFMT. You can hear the entire program here in this podcast. Huge thank you to Ann Murray at IMFChicago for making it happen and to Nolan Pearson, pianist extraordinaire for working with me!
Check out this composer portrait David Csicsko did of his cousin composer Nicholas Csicsko.
June 20, 2013 —
What a week! I've had an amazing time working with all of the fantastic musicians and the team of the Chelsea Music Festival. See a summary of the festival here. Check out these gorgeous photos from the festival here.
Here's a great photo of me and Luca after our performance of the Bettinelli.
June 01, 2013 —
I think I'm offically in love with Brasil! After having spent the past ten days in São Paulo with the incredible Juilliard Global team comprised of myself, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, cellist Claire Bryant, violist Megan Griffin, and violinist Francesca Depasquale. During our time there we worked with Santa Marcelina Cultura, a goverment-funded program that sponsors and runs the GURI and EMESP programs which provide community music programs that give lessons, ensemble direction, and educational development to over 50,000 children in greater São Paulo. In addition to playing numerous concerts of the Mozart Flute Quartet and Mozart Clarinet Quintet (I played the 1st violin part!!), the Villa-Lobos Jet Whistle, and Osvaldo Golijov's Lullaby and Doina, we taught many masterclasses, gave private lessons, and coached the GURI orchestra. We had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back! Check out the blogs of some of my fellow Juilliard Global colleagues as well as some news coverage in the video.
Video News Coverage
April 16, 2013 —
I am so thrilled to share a review by New York Times music critic Zachary Woolfe from April 12th's New Juilliard Ensemble Concert in Alice Tully Hall where I was playing as a special alumna guest artist. I played on three of the five pieces of the night by composers David Hertzberg, Eugene Astapov, and Laura Schwendinger. Here are a few quotes from the article about each piece:
Hertzberg: "This led to a mournfully beautiful solo for the wonderful flutist Emi Ferguson that brought her from breathy bursts to lithe melodies."
Astapov: "Ms. Ferguson also had a riveting role in Mr. Astapov’s “Myths of Ancient Bosphorus,” based on the history of the Crimean peninsula, where he is from."
Schwendinger: "But its first movement featured yet another sweet, sinuous line from Ms. Ferguson, the evening’s under-the-radar star."
Click here to see image of review