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Ransom Wilson

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Ransom Wilson
Professor Adjunct of Flute Yale School of Music
At YSM Since: 1991
Award(s): Three-time Grammy Award nominee, Atlantique Foundation Scholarship for Studies in France, The New York Times Foundation Alabama Prize, National Public Radio Wulsin Award, Honorary Doctorate from the University of Alabama
The flute studio at Yale allows students from all over the world a unique opportunity to concentrate on becoming artists who are ready for careers in music. [My] teaching philosophy is to improve and refine students’ innate abilities—to make them the very best version of themselves as musicians. With an emphasis on classic French la belle flûte traditions, students have the opportunity to clean up and improve their sound, technique and interpretation, in Yale’s unmatched environment of intellectual curiosity, cultural diversity, and artistic excellence.

Ransom Wilson

The flute studio at Yale allows students from all over the world a unique opportunity to concentrate on becoming artists who are ready for careers in music. [My] teaching philosophy is to improve and refine students’ innate abilities—to make them the very best version of themselves as musicians. With an emphasis on classic French la belle flûte traditions, students have the opportunity to clean up and improve their sound, technique and interpretation, in Yale’s unmatched environment of intellectual curiosity, cultural diversity, and artistic excellence.

Ransom Wilson has long been recognized as one of the greatest flutists of his generation, a distinction that is reflected in part by an exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI Records and performances around the world. Increasingly, he has turned to a career in orchestral and operatic conducting, leading groups at festivals and opera companies in the United States and abroad. He has appeared as a conductor in hundreds of concerts and recordings with the Solisti New York Orchestra, which he founded, and has served as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. Currently, Wilson is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Le Train Bleu ensemble, an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music Director of the Redlands Symphony, and Director of Orchestral Programs at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

At the Yale School of Music, Wilson teaches a studio of graduate-level flutists. He has been featured many times in solo and chamber music performances on Yale’s Faculty Artist Series and Yale in New York concert series. In the summers, he performs and teaches at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In 2004, he conducted the U.S. premiere of Gounod’s comic opera Le médecin malgré lui (with recitatives by Erik Satie) at Yale University. 

Ransom Wilson hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1973. Afterward, he spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal, with whom he performed and recorded extensively.

Performances
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestra of the State Hermitage (Russia), Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra(Poland), KBS Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Strings, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Le Train Bleu, Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera, Festival La Quincena (Spain), International Opera Center (Amsterdam).