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Maria Tamburrino


MARIA TAMBURRINO was the Principal flutist and frequent concerto soloist with the San Jose Symphony (Symphony Silicon Valley) and theMidsummer Mozart Orchestra of San Francisco from 1979-2017.  Her solo collaborations with harpists Nicanor Zabaleta and Susanna Mildonian, French hornist Hermann Baumann, flutist Julius Baker, and pianist Menahem Pressler have been widely acclaimed. In addition, she has performed all of the solo flute concerti by Mozart with both the San Jose Symphony and the Midsummer Mozart Orchestra on several occasions. She has been a featured soloist in Asia, Europe, The Philippines, Australia, and throughout the United States, and has appeared on several high-profile cruise lines.

Maria Tamburrino¹s playing has been described as ³incredibly seductive, with vibrant tone and sultry persuasive inflections.² (The Times) ³The radiance of Tamburrino¹s flute was a source of auditory indulgence. Her fluid tone, spanning the instrument¹s reach of registers, carried the music¹s melodic essence with effortless-seeming elegance.² (San Jose Metro) ³Maria, you are first rate. You could play anywhere. I haven¹t heard a sound like that in a long time.² (Henry Mancini) ³This is a piece for true artists, one that allows opportunity for an honest expression of heart and soul. Tamburrino did not miss the opportunity.² (San Francisco Examiner). She was recently referred to as a ³woodwind wizard² (San Jose Mercury).

Maria Tamburrino has taught at West Valley College, Northern California Flute Camp, has given master classes at the International Colmar Festival, and has coached 6 flute quartets made up of UC Berkeley pupils  providing alto flutes, bass flutes, and an entire library of college-level flute quartets.In addition, there are many flute workshops at her home in north Berkeley, some of which have been themed (all unaccompanied, all contemporary, all ensembles, all American, etc, etc.) followed by a formal year-end recital and reception, usually at the Berkeley Piano Club.

Ms.Tamburrino has performed at the prestigious International Festival of Colmar with members of the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov in the summer of Œ99 and Œ00. During subsequent seasons, she performed the Christopher Rouse Concerto with the San Jose Symphony, the Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord and Brandenburg Concerto #5 of J.S Bach with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra (on two separate occasions). She also performed the Stamitz Concerto in G and the Odelette of Saint-Saens with the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra under the direction of David Ramadanoff. She also performed the Mozart Concerti in DM, K. 314, GM K. 313, and the Flute and Harp Concerto K. 299, with the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra under the direction of her husband George Cleve and harpists Dan Levitan, Nicanor Zabaleta, and Susanna Mildonian. Her eclectic recitals and chamber music concerts in the bay area with piano, woodwinds, harp, and/or strings feature her tasteful transcriptions and her addition of alto flute and piccolo to almost every program.

In addition to her CD of original transcriptions for flute and piano (works by Debussy and Ravel) “Enchanted Garden,” Maria Tamburrino¹s extensive recording credits include an album for flute and guitar entitled Set 2, a tape of flute and harp music (Moonlight), as well as film and TV soundtracks. Flute Fantasy, a video featuring Maria Tamburrino playing a variety of flutes (with nature images) is a potpourri of ³favorite flute pieces² and transcriptions.

Born and educated in upstate New York, Ms. Tamburrino holds a Master¹s Degree in Education and Performance Certificate in Flute from SUNY. She continued her graduate studies at Syracuse University. Her past teachers include Julius Baker, John Oberbrunner, Donald MacDonald, and Lloyd Gowen. She has participated in master classes with Jean Pierre Rampal and Michel Debost.