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SIR JAMES GALWAY The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Sir James has made himself a modern musical master, whose virtuosity on the flute is equalled only by his limitless ambitions and vision.  Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts. Still sharing his love of performing, Sir James opens his 2014/15 season receiving the coveted Gramophone Classical Music Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the classical music industry, in a star-studded ceremony in London.  His concert schedule opens with a tour through Asia, Canada & the US, incorporating his educational work alongside his concert performances.  A long awaited South American tour will be preceded by a special Birthday Tribute Concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall in aid of Music Education and Autism.  A return to Europe sees Sir James performing a JS Bach tribute in London, closing the year with his annual New Year’s Eve

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SIR JAMES GALWAY

The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries.

Sir James has made himself a modern musical master, whose virtuosity on the flute is equalled only by his limitless ambitions and vision.  Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.

Still sharing his love of performing, Sir James opens his 2014/15 season receiving the coveted Gramophone Classical Music Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the classical music industry, in a star-studded ceremony in London.  His concert schedule opens with a tour through Asia, Canada & the US, incorporating his educational work alongside his concert performances.  A long awaited South American tour will be preceded by a special Birthday Tribute Concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall in aid of Music Education and Autism.  A return to Europe sees Sir James performing a JS Bach tribute in London, closing the year with his annual New Year’s Eve concert in Switzerland.

The New Year brings in more educational work and a tour of South Africa with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  The first South African Galway Flute Festival will conclude with a spectacular Starlight Classics concert in Cape Town, incorporating flute students from the festival.   Spring brings in a return to the US with concerts in NY, LA to name a few, followed by a return to various performances throughout Europe. 

Sir James will be devoting most of the summer to his educational outreach programmes, including First Flute, his online Flute education community. 

In celebration of Sir James’ legacy to music, Sony Classics has honoured the ‘Master of the Flute’ with the release of a special box set containing 71 CD’s - all his recordings for Sony/RCA (available at Amazon.com) 

Belfast born, Sir James studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in such prestigious orchestras such as the Sadlers Wells & Royal Covent Garden Operas, The BBC, Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, before taking up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan.

Since launching his successful career as a soloist in 1975, his busy touring schedule sees him performing with the world’s leading orchestras and most prestigious conductors.  From Galway’s lips have come definitive treatments of classical repertoire and masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart.  He also features contemporary music in his programs, including new flute works commissioned by him and for him by composers such as Adamo, Amram, Bolcom, Corigliano, Heath, Lieberman and Maazel. Recent commissions include a concerto ‘Linen & Lace’ by Bill Whelan (composer of Riverdance); concerto by Elaine Agnew ‘Dark Hedges’ commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the Royal Albert Hall Proms, and a Double Flute concerto for 2 flutes written especially for Sir James & Lady Galway by the Northern Irish Composer, Philip Hammond.

Alongside his busy performing schedule he makes time to share his wisdom and experience with the young through the 10-day ‘Galway Flute Festival’ he holds each year with his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway in Switzerland and the USA.  Through these, and the numerous other classes they hold worldwide throughout the year, they are able to have a ‘hands on’ mentoring of the students they meet.  www.galwayflutefestival.com

Launched in December 2013, is the ground breaking ‘FIRST FLUTE’.  Sir James’ online Educational Network is geared for students, teachers and music lovers, allowing them to have first hand access to Sir James’ invaluable expertise. www.firstflute.com

Sir James continues commissioning new works for the flute, publishing articles, flute studies and books.  To celebrate his legacy and commitment to flute players all over the world, he has recently collaborated with Nagahara Flutes of Boston who have created a special ‘James Galway Nagahara flute series’;  As part of their 125th Anniversary, William S Haynes have also produced a James Galway Q Series edition.   

A discography of over 70 CD’s with BMG Sony Classics and Deutsche Grammophon ranging from the great classics such as Mozart & Bach, his performing on the sound track of ‘Lord of the Rings’ (Return of the King) and his recording of “O’Reilly Street” with the Cuban timba group, Tiempo Libre, reflects his mastery of musical diversity.

Sir James has played for such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, President Clinton, President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Prince Charles, HRH The Princess Royal, The Empress of Japan, The Queen of Norway, Queen Sofia of Spain, Princess Diana, TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent,  President Shimon Peres and most recently, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and shared the stage with an amazing array of entertainers including Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, John Denver, Elton John, The Chieftains, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Jessye Norman, Cleo Laine and Andrea Bocelli. He performed with Pink Floyd in their memorable concert at the Berlin Wall, was part of the Nobel Peace concert in Norway and performed at the G Seven summit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.
He also devotes much of his free time supporting charitable organizations such as SOS, FARA, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), The Caron Keating Foundation, Lorin Maazel’s Châteauxville Foundation, Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project and UNICEF, with which he holds the title of special representative.  He is also Ambassador to the European Brain Council.

Among the many honors and awards for his musical achievements are; the Gramophone 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award; the Grammy President’s Merit Award; Classic Brits Lifetime Achievement Award; The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame; The National Concert Hall Dublin Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous gold and platinum CD’s.  In December 2009, Sir James was awarded the honour of being made the first Artist Laureate of the Ulster Orchestra.  He has been honoured twice by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with The OBE in 1979 and again in 2001 with a Knighthood for his services to music.

Sir James lives with his wife and family in Switzerland and currently plays on the 20K ‘Galway’ Nagahara Flute – especially commissioned for him.

LADY JEANNE GALWAY

An accomplished flutist, LADY JEANNE GALWAY continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway brings to the audience her unique style and elegance.

Her touring schedule regularly takes her to many of the major cities in the U.S. to perform as soloist with orchestras such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Denver and the National Symphony.  Internationally, she has appeared in the cultural capitals of the world including London, New York, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Dublin, Belfast, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore.

Appearing regularly as the premiere flute duo partner with her husband Sir James Galway, the two delight audiences and bring a rare freshness to the platform, unique in the music world.

The 2014/15 season sees Lady Galway joining her husband in performances right around the globe, opening the season with a tour through Asia, Canada & the US, incorporating her educational work alongside her concert performances.  A long awaited South America tour will be preceded by a special Birthday Tribute Concert in honor of her husband at New York’s Carnegie Hall in aid of Music Education and Autism.  A return to Europe sees Lady Galway performing a JS Bach tribute in London, closing the year with her husband at their annual New Year’s Eve concert in Switzerland.

The New Year brings in more educational work and a tour of South Africa with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  The first South African Galway Flute Festival will conclude with a spectacular Starlight Classics concert in Cape Town, incorporating flute students from the festival.  Spring brings in a return to the US with concerts in NY, LA to name a few followed by a return to various performances throughout Europe. 

Lady Galway will be devoting most of the summer to her educational outreach programmes, including First Flute, an online Flute education community. 

Launched in December 2013, is the groundbreaking ‘FIRST FLUTE’, which Sir James & Lady Galway have created together.  This online Educational Network is geared for students, teachers and music lovers, allowing them to have first hand access to Sir James’ invaluable expertise. www.firstflute.com

Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her educational articles, masterclasses, blogs and recordings. 

During the 10 day ‘Galway Flute Festival’ held each summer with her husband in Switzerland Lady Galway works with students of all levels offering tips and advice on flute playing, performing and career management.  Through these, and the numerous other classes they hold worldwide throughout the year, they are able to have a hands on mentoring to the students they meet throughout their work.

In addition to her highly successful career as a soloist, Lady Galway is also an accomplished chamber musician, touring regularly with various chamber ensembles including her trio Zephyr (pianist Jonathan Feldman and cellist Darrett Adkins).  Alongside their concert performances, they look forward to sharing their expertise as a group with the chamber musicians of tomorrow.  The group’s first recording Zephyr – Winds of Romance, includes works by Haydn, Martinu and Weber.

Her versatile concert engagements include performances in the presence of The Empress of Japan, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Queen of Norway, The Queen of Spain, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Shimon Peres, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins & Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

Lady Galway serves as a patron to the charity Future Talent headed by the Duchess of Kent and Ambassador of The European Brain Council. Her versatile concert engagements are often for fundraising events for UNICEF, SOS, FARA and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

She has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA Victor, BMG Classics and Deutsche Grammophon.  Irish America Magazine awarded Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway the “2008 Spirit of Ireland” award in recognition for their roles as musical ambassadors.

A native of New York and graduate of the New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Galway lives with her husband, Sir James Galway in Switzerland.  She is currently performing on a new 18 carat, James Galway edition’ gold Nagahara flute.

 

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