First lessons are like a doctor's visit. I observe breathing, posture, fingerings, embouchure, etc and then start from that point. Sound is very important to me and is what anyone hears first from an instrumentalist. My method is taught from the perspective of the student. I find out what they are familiar with then add from there.
My students enjoy learning. Music gives one joy and direction. My students have gone to conservatories and always rank high in high school district competitions. I have taught all of my life. Too many students to count. I attended University of Michigan and The Juilliard School in flute performance. I have appeared soloist on many recordings, including The Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem.
My rate is much higher but will accommodate those that need a lesser rate. My rate is normally $60 for 45 minutes, but I am VERY flexible. The first lesson will be free and we will get to know each other.
2007-present Linaria Ensemble, violist Adriana Linares and harpist, Frances Duffy
2006-present Principal Flute, Allentown Symphony
1984-present Principal Flute, Bach Festival Orchestra, Bach Choir of Bethlehem
1984-present Principal Flute, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra
2005-present Philadelphia Orchestra, substitute flute
2006-present: Harrisburg Symphony, substitute principal flute
2002-present East Winds woodwind quintet, Lehigh University
1990-present: Northeast Pennsylvania Orchestra, substitute section and principal flute
1980-present Artist Lecturer in Flute, Moravian College
1980-present Artist Lecturer in Flute, Lehigh University
2009-present Director, Lehigh Valley Flute Camp, 2 weeks for Elementary,
Middle and Highschool
1993 Kinhaven Music School, Weston, Vermont, Junior Camp, instructor of flute
1981-1983 Cedar Crest College, instructor of flute
1981-1983 Lafayette University, instructor of flute
1979 Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Long
Island, flute instructor
2003 Allentown Arts Commission “Arts Ovation Award”
1998 Morning Call, article on “People to Watch”
1976 National Flute Association, Young Artist’s Competition Finalist
PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
1981-2007 Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, principal flute
2006 Philadelphia Ballet, principal substitute flute
2005 England and Scotland tour with Bach Choir of Bethlehem
1987-1991 summer tours of the Czech Republic, Janacek Festival, Hukvaldy Festival with Poetica Musica, with piano, Martha Schrempel, voice, Eleanor Valkenburg,
1996 Germany tour with Bach Choir of Bethlehem
1990 Reading Symphony, principal substitute flute
1980 Mexico City Opera, principal substitute flute
1980 Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Toluca, principal substitute flute
American Federation of Musicians, local 45
National Flute Association
1978-1979 The Juilliard School, professional studies
1976-1978 The Juilliard School, M.M.
1972-1975 University of Michigan, B.M. with distinction in flute performance
1971-1972 Interlochen Arts Academy, diploma
1994 Diploma, Book 1, Suzuki Institute in Tennessee
PRACTICA taught at Moravian College:
2009-present Baroque Flute practice
1980-present Flute Pedagogy
1980-present Flute literature
1980-present Orchestral Excerpts
1976-1979 Samuel Baron, The Juilliard School
1972-1975 Keith Bryan University of Michigan
1973 Nelson Hauenstein, University of Michigan
1974-1975 Ervin Monroe, former principal flute of Detroit Symphony
1970-1975 Alexander Murray, former principal flute of London Symphony
1974 Murray Panitz, Philadelphia Orchestra
1980-present Keith Underwood, NYU, freelancer NY
2007, Ms. Kani recently premiered a flute concerto written for her by composer Larry Lipkis.
1992, Ms. Kani performed as soloist with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and with her husband, trumpeter Larry Wright, premiering a work written for them by Composer Steven Sametz.
REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS, RECORDINGS, TELEVISION AND RADIO APPEARANCES:
2009, Robin is flute soloist in the Magificat, recorded on the Analekta Label with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
2008, Robin was invited to speak at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
2007, Robin is featured flute soloist on Mr. Bach Comes to Call, a DVD sponsored by The Children’s group, Inc.
2003, May, Robin is featured on the newly released Emmy award winning Pennsylvania Public Television network documentary about the Bethlehem Bach Choir entitled “Make a Joyful Noise”, narrated by Charles Osgood
2000, Robin recorded the “Sacred Flute Soloist” through Alfred Publishing Company
1998, flute soloist in Bethlehem Bach Choir’s recording of Christmas oratorio on the Dorian Label
1997, Robin is flute soloist on recordings of J.S. Bach’s b minor mass and Christmas Oratorio with Bethlehem Bach Choir on the Dorian Label
A Review from The Washington Post gives praise such as “Soloists were outstanding, especially Robin Kani’s engaging flute”. From a Bach performance of the b minor mass, Benedictus
The Oxford Times, “There was glorious flute playing in Domine Deus…
Stalban Observer (UK) states,”The accompanying orchestra was most commendable with an idyllic solo by the young lady flautist, Robin Kani.
Philadelphia Enquirer, “elegant flute line…Robin Kani’s expressive flute”.
From the Midwest “Ms. Kani displayed a warm, vibrant sound..supple, expressive interpretation...Miss Kani played brilliantly” (The Flint (Mich.) Journal).
The Easton, Pa. Paper, “she performed flawlessly trills and runs and twitters and every virtuoso musical trick I believe the piccolo can perform. She is outstanding on the flute; she was beyond belief on the piccolo”
The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. of Michel Blavet’s flute concerto, “Kani’s flute twittered beautifully, the aural equivalent of a hover of sulpher-white butterflies”
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