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Alumnus Enrico Sartori wins Principal Flute position with Opéra de Lyon

Enrico Sartori

Enrico Sartori '05MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the Opéra de Lyon.

Italian flutist Enrico Sartori maintains an intense concert schedule as a soloist in Europe and the U.S. At the beginning of the 2009 season, Mr. Sartori made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artist International Competition. His performance at Weill Recital Hall received an unanimous standing ovation.

He has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including Orchestra Sinfonica della Valle D’Aosta (Italy), Chamber Orchestra Dumitrescu (Romania), Maribor’s Festival Orchestra (Slovenia), and the Wayne Chamber Orchestra (U.S.), to name a few. He is the winner of many national and international competitions, such as the XIV Franz Schubert International Competition, the Genova International Competition, the Festival Mid-South, and the New York Flute Club Competition. In 2010 he won the first prize and the grand prize at the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition.

As an orchestral player, in 2010 he played as assistant principal at the BBC National Orchestra in Cardiff, England. In 2009 he was principal flute with the New York Chamber Players and flutist with the Key West Symphony Orchestra (Florida). In 2003 he was principal flute at the Academy of the Teatro alla Scala of Milan (Italy) under the direction of Riccardo Muti. From 2001 to 2003 he was principal flute of the Turin Youth Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of Piemonte (Italy). Also an avid chamber musician in 2004 he was member of the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble and during summer 2005 he toured the Netherlands playing seven concerts with his flute, cello and piano trio. In the 2007–2008 season he became principal flute of the wind ensemble Campo Aperto, which was invited for several concerts in Mexico in summer 2008.

Enrico Sartori released his first solo CD in 2002 for BM records, and has collaborated with numerous recording artists for the production of other CDs. In 2005 he worked with Naxos for the release of the Charles Ives Songs recording.

Active as a teacher, he has taught at Yale University, SUNY Stony Brook, and University of Nebraska. He has held several flute master classes over the summer, including during the international musical festival Musical Summer in Maribor, Slovenia (2006) and at the Consevartorio of Morelia, Mexico (2008).

Enrico Sartori earned his doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook (2011), his master's degree at the Yale School of Music (2005), and his bachelor’s degree at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Turin (Italy) in 2001 with full honors. He was awarded the Berrino Prize as best performer and until 2007 he was awarded a scholarship from the De Sono Music Association financed by the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artist (Japan). In 2007 – 2008 he has been the recipient of the Hixson-Lied Fellowship in Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His major flute teachers were Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, John Bailey, Emmanuel Pahud, Peter Lukas Graf, Maxance Larrieu, Bruno Cavallo and Antonmario Semolini.

Also an accomplished conductor, since 2009 Dr. Sartori has been the principal conductor of Musica d’Insieme, a string orchestra based in Long Island, and he is frequently invited as a guest conductor of several European and American orchestras. His past conducting positions have included principal conductor of the Arturo Michelangeli Youth Orchestra and Choir in Turin, Italy for the 2001 – 2002 season and four guest conducting appearances with the Stony Brook University Orchestra.