A guest masterclass by Adam Kuenzel '81, flute.
Admission is free. Program TBA.
As the Eileen Bigelow Chair and Principal Flute of the Minnesota Orchestra, Adam Kuenzel built a strong foundation for his later musical success as a student at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music. During his tenure at the conservatory, Adam Kuenzel studied with Robert Willoughby, recipient of National Flute Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and won the school’s concerto competition in the year he graduated. After earning his degree, Mr. Kuenzel received musical instruction from Tom Nyfenger in New Haven, Connecticut, then performed in jazz bands in his hometown of Cincinnati.
In 1984, Adam Kuenzel accepted the position of Principal Flute with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, serving for the next four years. Following his tenure in South Carolina, Mr. Kuenzel served as Principal Flute of the San Antonio Symphony for two years.
In 1990, the Minnesota Orchestra appointed Adam Kuenzel as the Eileen Bigelow Chair and Principal Flute. Adam Kuenzel has been with the orchestra ever since. In Minneapolis, Mr. Kuenzel has given solo performances of classical and modern works, including the world premiere of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Fantasies for Flute and Orchestra, Il Piffero della Notte, which the composer conducted himself. Through a close relationship between Adam Kuenzel and Venezuela-born composer Manuel Sosa, the Minnesota Orchestra was able to commission a new work, titled Eloquentia for Flute and Orchestra, which Adam Kuenzel performed in a world premier in April 2010.
In addition to serving as a talented performer, Adam Kuenzel has also acted as an educator. Adam Kuenzel has held several teaching positions, including roles as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Minnesota and as a faculty member and the Aspen Music Festival. Adam Kuenzel has received critical praise for his solo performances from a wide range of sources, including reputable publications such as The New York Times and MusicalAmerica.com.
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