Eleanor Lawrence, flutist

E leanor Lawrence has had an active career as an orchestra player, chamber musician, teacher and soloist. During college and graduate school, she studied with James Pappoutsakis, who played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years and taught at the New England Conservatory of Music. Following graduation, she studied for two years with William Kincaid, famous solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and later with Marcel Moyse, former Professor of Flute at the Paris Conservatory. In her own teaching she combines these two important traditions - the American and the French. 

As conductor, she will lead three concerts for Monomoy Music in New York.

After receiving a master's degree at New England Conservatory, Ms. Lawrence came to New York City where she performed as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, and played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic as well as with Broadway shows, contemporary music groups and orchestras such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic. After participating in and being inspired by the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, Ms. Lawrence founded the Monomoy Chamber Ensemble which has thrived for over thirty summers on Cape Cod. Her master classes in flute, also on the Cape, are attended by flutists from all over the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Lawrence has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops, and has given several New York recitals, including one at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, which featured a program of favorite flute pieces often heard with piano, but rarely heard as she presented them in their original form with chamber orchestra. Included on the program with orchestra were the Hüe Fantasie, the Griffes Poem, the Martin Ballade as well as more traditional fare by Arthur Foote and Mozart. 

Her recordings include Music for Flute and Piano which includes the last two compositions of Ernst von Dohnanyi, both of which are dedicated to Ms. Lawrence; French Music for Voice and Flute with soprano Bethany Beardslee; The Complete Flute Works of Paul Hindemith released in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth; and Flute Favorites, a new release of beloved classical pieces arranged for flute and piano. She has recently released a two-hour VHS videotape on which she teaches Moyse's 24 Petites études mélodiques. See order form and description.

Having been president and board member of the New York Flute Club since the 1960s, Ms. Lawrence is now on the Advisory Board. She has been on the board of the National Flute Association and, for several years, was the editor of the NFA Newsletter, for which she conducted in-depth interviews with many prominent flutists. Currently she serves as president of the Marcel Moyse Society and is involved with transferring his archive to the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She is also collaborating with William Bennett, Susan Nelson and Eldred Spell to produce a CD entitled The Best of Marcel Moyse. Those who wish to join the Marcel Moyse Society as new members will learn about the teaching of Marcel Moyse in an annual newsletter and will help to support the Moyse CD Project and other Society activities. Ms. Lawrence has appeared as guest panelist on WQXR's First Hearing and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in Entertainment

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