Paula Robison

Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institite

Recording artist, soloist, and Donna Hieken Flute Chair at the New England Conservatory of Music

Paula Robison burst onto the international music scene in 1966 when she won First Prize at the Geneva Competition, the first American ever to receive this honor. She joined the roster of the newly-formed Young Concert Artists and embarked on a groundbreaking, world-traveling career as a flute soloist, a career which continues to be vibrant to this day. She has commissioned works for flute and orchestra by Leon Kirchner, Toru Takemitsu, Oliver Knussen, Robert Beaser, and Kenneth Frazelle, premiered music written for her by Lowell Liebermann and Michael Tilson Thomas, performed Leonard Bernstein's "Halil" in Vienna, Carl Nielsen's Concerto in Copenhagen, and presented a rich spectrum of music from Mozart Concerti to Brazilian Samba in her many appearances at New York's Carnegie Hall. Paula Robison was a founding artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performed with them for twenty seasons. During the same time she was co-director with Scott Nickrenz of the famed Noontime Concerts at the Spoleto Festivals, presenting many great artists early in their careers. She was awarded the Premio Pegaso and the Adelaide Ristori Prize for her contributions to Italian cultural life. Paula Robison has recorded extensively, taught at the Juilliard School, and given classes all over the world. She now occupies the Donna Hieken Flute Chair at New England Conservatory.