New York Flute Fair: The Notation is Not the Music

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Featured Guest Artist Barthold Kuijken

Join us for a full day of concerts, masterclasses, the NYFC competition, workshops, clinics, exhibits, and more!  Our guest artist is legendary flutist Barthold Kuijken.

    Faculty House at Columbia University
    (Enter through Wien Courtyard, off 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue
     and Morningside Drive)
    New York, New York 10027

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Call for proposals:

The New York Flute Club is now accepting proposals for workshops and presentations for the 2017 Flute Fair. Workshops and presentations should be no longer than 45 minutes. Performance oriented proposals may be accepted on a limited basis.  Accepted presenters and performers agree to appear at the 2017 New York Flute Fair at their own expense.  Please complete the form below by December 1, 2016.  Questions may be directed to:

Proposal form


Featured Guest Artist: Barthold Kuijken

Barthold Kuijken (baroque flute and recorder) was born in 1949; he grew up in a musical environment: two of his elder brothers were studying music and became increasingly interested in early music and early instruments. He studied modern flute at the Bruges Conservatory and the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. For playing early music he originally turned to the recorder, but while still studying, he had the good fortune of finding a splendid original baroque flute, which became in fact his best teacher. Research on authentic instruments in museums and private collections, frequent collaboration with various flute and recorder makers, and assiduous study of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century sources helped him to specialize in the performance of early music on original instruments.

At the same time, on the Boehm-flute, he was a member of the Brussels-based ensemble "Musiques Nouvelles", focusing on avant-garde music. Soon he started to play with his brothers Wieland (viola da gamba and baroque cello) and Sigiswald (baroque violin and viola da gamba), with René Jacobs (countertenor), Paul Dombrecht (baroque oboe), Lucy van Dael (baroque violin), and with the harpsichordists Robert Kohnen and Gustav Leonhardt, more recently also Bob van Asperen and Ewald Demeyere. For many years he was baroque flutist in the orchestras "Collegium Aureum" and, later, in “La petite Bande", the baroque orchestra conducted by his brother Sigiswald. He plays concerts all over the world, extending his repertory to early 19th-century music (with the fortepianists Luc Devos and Piet Kuijken) or occasionally to Debussy. He has recorded extensively for various labels: Sony classical, Harmonia Mundi - BMG, Philips - Seon, Accent, Arcana, Atma, Opus 111.

Besides his activities as a flute and recorder player, he is appearing more and more often as a conductor (f.i. with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, of which he is the artistic director). His scholarly work includes articles in various journals, a new annotated Urtext edition of J.S. Bach's flute compositions (Breitkopf & Härtel) and the Critical Edition of the six C.P.E. Bach flute concertos for the C.P.E. Bach Collected Works Edition (Packard Humanities Institute). In 2014 he retired from the Royal Conservatories of The Hague and Brussels, where he had been teaching baroque flute since 1976, resp. 1975. He is often invited to serve as guest professor or as a jury member in international competitions. In 2007 he obtained a PhD in the Arts at the VUB (Brussels University); in 2013 he published The Notation Is Not the Music – Reflections on Early Music Practice and Performance (Indiana University Press). The National flute Association presented him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Flute Fair Co-Chairs:

Mary-Ann Tu
Soo-Kyung Park
Sanae Nakayama
Yeami Kim
Kaoru Hinata