Flutist Alan Weiss studied flute with Phillip Kaplan, James Pappoutsakis, and Julius Baker. He has performed with many noted musicians on chamber music series and ensembles including the Boston Pops Orchestra. Weiss was the principal and solo flutist of the Virginia (Norfolk) Symphony and co-principal flutist of the Boston Classical Orchestra.
Internationally, Mr. Weiss served as flutist with the Mexico City Philharmonic, the State Orchestra of Mexico, and the Iceland National Symphony. In 1995 he performed a highly acclaimed European solo debut with the Romanian Radio Orchestra and received major media coverage with high praise. The Bucharest Romania newspaper Cortidianul described his accomplished performance as evidence of “a true master of the American school of wind playing.” He is recognized for his “attractive and individual tone” (Boston Globe) and “ease of playing with warm expression” (Actualitea Muzicala-Romania). Other critics have described him as “excellent and distinguished” (Boston Phoenix), “spectacular performer” (Tineretul Liber-Romania) and a “fine musician”(Virginia Ledger Star).
Alan Weiss has premiered numerous compositions, notably those of Philip Glass. These performances were broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) and excerpts used for the soundtrack of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) film Edgar Allan Poe. Weiss is the first American flutist to perform or record in concerto with the renowned George Enescu Bucharest Philharmonic since its inception of 1868. Mr. Weiss has also recorded for the Albany, Golden Tone, Carlton Classics, and Dorian labels.
Alan has had the privilege of performing in concert with a number of renowned flutist colleagues including: Sir James Galway, Claudi Arimany, Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Kathleen Chastain, Michel Debost, Paul Edmund-Davies, Paul Fried, Lady Jeanne Galway, Shigenori Kudo, Horacio Parravicini, Nobutaka Shimizu, and Juan Jesus Silguero.
In 2010 Alan recorded his latest CD (also available as a DVD) with acclaimed flutist Paul Fried and pianist Bryan Pezzone entitled “Virtuoso Flute Trios” on the Golden Tone label. The Fall 2011 issue of the periodical “Flutist Quarterly” reviewed, “This CD is filled with variety, sonority, and style performed with elegance and sensitivity by two marvelous masters of the flute…”
He also performed three times with Sir James Galway. In December 2014 Alan performed with James Galway as well and members of the New York Philharmonic flute section.
Alan Weiss (www.alanweissflute.com) performs on several custom-crafted 14K gold flutes made by the William S. Haynes Company of Boston and also has an in depth knowledge and passion of antique French and American flutes.
A graduate of The New England Conservatory, David Chu studied flute with Lois Schaefer. He also studied with Timothy Wilson of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Alexander Murray at Interlochen Music Camp where he attended on a full scholarship. As a composer, Mr. Chu has written hundreds of works for film, television programs, commercials, as well as classical art music.
David Chu has held key positions at Burkart Flutes, Arista Flutes and The William S. Haynes Flute Company. He is currently making wood flutes and wood headjoints under his own name. His clients include some of the most prominent flute players in New York City, London and Tokyo. He is well known for his expertise in restoration of 19th Century French flutes, old Powells and Haynes. He has done extensive work on the famous Haynes gold flute that belonged to Jean Pierre Rampal, and restored Philippe Gaubert’s two Louis Lot flutes.
For more information please email Alan Weiss at email@example.com