Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading flute virtuosos, flutist Marina Piccinini combines flawless technical command, profound interpretive instincts, and a charismatic stage presence – qualities which make each of her performances a memorable event. Since making her acclaimed debuts in New York’s Town Hall, London’s Southbank Centre, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Ms. Piccinini has been in demand both as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. She has been soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony , Minnesota Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra; the Hannover Symphony in Germany, the Ravenna Chamber Orchestra in Italy and the Vienna Chamber Soloists; as well as the Cincinnati, New World, Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Phoenix, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, and has worked with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Peter Oundjian, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Myung-whun Chung, and Gianandrea Noseda.
Ms. Piccinini also performs with great frequency in recitals worldwide, with recent appearances in London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo`s Casals Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Mozart Saal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Deeply committed to the music of the present, recent seasons have been highlighted by significant world premiere performances of concerti and solo works by Michael Colgrass, Paquito D’Rivera, Matthew Hindson, Miguel Kertsman, Lukas Foss, Michael Torke, John Harbison, Marc-André Dalbavie, David Ludwig and Roberto Sierra. A devoted chamber musician Marina Piccinini is a founding member of Tre Voci with violist Kim Kashkashian and harpist Sivan Magen, and the Trio has just completed its debut CD for the ECM label in Germany. She has collaborated with the Tokyo, Brentano, Mendelssohn, and Takács string quartets, with the Percussion ensemble Nexus and is a regular partner of pianists as Andreas Haefliger, Jean Marc Luisada and Mitsuko Uchida. A Resident Artist at the Marlboro Festival for the last many years, sheoften tours with Musicians From Marlboro and has also performed at the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Alderborough, Santa Fe, Spoleto (Italy), La Jolla, Newport, Davos, Tivoli, Rheingau, Moritzburg, Kuhmo, and Hong Kong Festivals, among others. A frequent guest artist in Japan, Ms. Piccinini performed (by personal invitation of Seiji Ozawa) at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, and has appeared with noted pianist Mitsuko Uchida in a series of concerts at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and worldwide at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Zankell Hall. Most recently she completed a European tour which included such prestigious halls as Amsterdam’s Concertgebow, Cologne’s Philharmonie and the Barbican Centre in London. Ms. Piccinini has also been Guest Principal Flute with both the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Piccinini's latest recording release is a live Concert DVD from the Salzburg Festival of Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire", along with an accompanying Documentary entiteled "Solar Plexus of Modernism". Other recent recordings include a double CD set of the complete Flute Sonatas of J.S.Bach (including the solo Partita) in collaboration with the Brasil Guitar Duo and the acclaimed collaboration with pianist Andreas Haefliger of the Sonatas of Prokofiev and Franck (both for the British label AVIE), “Belle Époque (Paris, 1880-1913)”, with pianist Anne Epperson, (Claves) and a disc with pianist Eva Kupiec of Sonatas by Bartok, Martinu, Schulhoff, Dohnányi, and Taktakishvili (Claves). In September 2013 AVIE will release her latest CD: "Piccinini plays Paganini" in her own transcritpions of the 24 violin Capricies, shortly followed with the published score by Schott Music.
The first flutist to win the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center, Marina Piccinini’s career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, First Prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including Musical America's “Young Artist to Watch”, the McMeen-Smith Award, twice the NEA‘s Solo Recitalist Grant, the BP Artists Career Award, and various grants from the Canada Council. She was also the winner in the New York Flute Club competition and the National Arts Club Competition.
Ms. Piccinini began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser, received her BM and MM degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker and worked with Aurele Nicolet and Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland. Shei frequently gives master classes around the world and is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopins University in Baltimore, as well as the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Ms. Piccinini is a 36th generation Shaolin Fighting Monk, and with her family, divides her time between Vienna and New York.