The Texas Flute Society is proud to present our 2015 Guest Artists
Bonita Boyd, Flutronix, and Kristyn Son
Bonita Boyd is professor of flute at the Eastman School of Music and an active concert soloist throughout the world. She began her professional career at age twenty-one with appointments as principal flutist of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chautauqua Symphony, making her the youngest principal flutist in a major U.S. orchestra at that time. She has served as performer and/or artist-teacher at various festivals including Marlboro, Bowdoin, Grand Teton, Johannesen, Eastern, Masterworks, Filarmonica de las Americas, and the Hamamatsu Seminar. She is currently an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and co-principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She has been president of the National Flute Association, a 5,000-member worldwide organization of flutists. Ms. Boyd’s premieres and recordings of new works include those of Adler, Benson, Rozsa, Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Sessler, Sierra, and most recently, the National Flute Association’s first performance of Melinda Wagner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Flute Concerto. Her Flute Music of Les Six won a Stereo Review Record of the Year award, and her Paganini Caprice CD was on the final Ballot for a Grammy. Recent CDs include the premiere recording of Bernstein’s Halil (chamber version) and a new CD, Quicksilver, with guitarist Nicholas Goluses. Bonita has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Flute Association, as well as the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eastman School.
Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, two blazing young flutists who are “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”(MTV Iggy) Their original urban art pop is best described as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) Their work as performers, producers and composers has moved them to collaborate with artists and ensembles from different realms and disciplines, including electronic music sensation Dan Deacon, legendary hip-hop producer Ski Beatz, the International Contemporary Ensemble and more.
Flutronix has performed at leading music venues and events including the Virginia Arts Festival, WNYC’s Greenespace, the Brooklyn Museum and 92Y Tribeca, and produces Flutronix and Friends, a collaborative new music series. Flutronix has been featured in an internationally broadcast ESPN super bowl commercial, as well as television segments on Telemundo and The Daily Buzz. The duo is regularly sought after as clinicians and educators and has presented and lectured for The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, the New York Flute Club, the Atlanta Flute Club and other institutions across the country. Their latest album, “2.0” has been recently released on the duo’s label as well as by Village Again Records in Japan. Flutronix is proud to be Burkart flute artists.
Kristyn Son was the First Prize winner of the 2014 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition. A Korean-American flutist, Kristyn pursues a diverse musical career as a much sought after soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. As a teaching fellow, she is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of North Texas under the guidance of Dr. Mary Karen Clardy.
Kristyn is a top prize and awards winner of numerous American competitions, including the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Kentucky Flute Society Young Artist Competition, American Protégé International Flute Competition, Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Flute Society Young Artist Competition. Kristyn has also been awarded several First Prizes in Korea including the Korea Flute Competition, Seoul Flute Competition, and the Ewha and Kyunghyang Concours.
Active as an international soloist across the United States and Asia, Ms. Son has appeared as a concerto soloist with the University of the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Academy Orchestra. She presented a successful debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie in March, 2013.
Ms. Son received a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Her principal teachers include Anne Diener Zentner, Marina Piccinini, Marya Martin, Bradley Garner, Elizabeth McNutt, and Mary Karen Clardy.