Date & Time
Sunday, January 23, 2022 - 5:30pm
Julietta Curenton, flute
A 2001 winner of the NYFC Competition returns to the Flute Club.
Julietta Curenton has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her interest in the intersection of the classical, jazz, and gospel genres resulted in the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia's Career Advancement Award. Additional awards include Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France and prizes in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition (2005), New York Flute Club Competition (2001), and Astral Artists' national auditions.
Ms. Curenton has made several solo guest appearances with The National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Institute Orchestra and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and has participated in music festivals spanning the globe including the Shanghai Contemporary Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Philadephia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Dallas Chamber Music Society, Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, among others.
Ms. Curenton's solo pursuits include commissioning women and African-American composers to write new, innovative, and accessible works for the flute some of which have been featured on New York's WQXR Young Artists Showcase and Philadelphia's WRTI's Performance Studio. Curenton can also be heard on Miguel Zenon's Grammy-nominated jazz album Alma Adentro, Esperanza Spalding's Grammy Award-winning album Twelve Little Spells, and the Smithsonian Folkways' Praise The Lord. Her debut album Harambee: The Power of Sisterhood is scheduled for a 2021 release.
Ms. Curenton is currently the solo principal player of the Baltimore-based Soulful Symphony, an ensemble known for its performances of classical, jazz, gospel, and popular music. Curenton has collaborated extensively with groups such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Imani Winds, Ritz Chamber Players, Baltimore Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony. Her 2021-22 schedule includes the planned premiere of Niiji Memories, a concerto for flute and orchestra by James Lee, a composition professor at Morgan State University, with the Columbia (Ellicott City, MD) Orchestra.
An alumna of The Academy—an educational program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute—Curenton has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Nagoya Aichi Arts Center, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Kawasaki Muza Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Ms. Curenton holds a BM from The Juilliard School, studying with Jeanne Baxstresser and Carol Wincenc; an MM from The Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Peter Lloyd and will commence her DMA studies at Stony Brook University in the fall of 2021. She is a faculty member at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. She plays on a silver elite model Burkart flute and is proud to be a Burkart flutes & piccolos artist.