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Leone Buyse

One of the most highly regarded American flutists of her generation, Leone Buyse has pursued a multidimensional career as a performer, recording artist, educator, and speaker. In 1993 she relinquished her principal positions with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops to pursue a more active solo and teaching career after 22 years as an orchestral musician.  A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with those orchestras and also with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Mexico City in Palacio de Bellas Artes, and l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.  She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma, and at many festivals, including Aspen, Sarasota, Norfolk, and Orcas Island.

The only American prizewinner in the 1969 Geneva International Flute Competition, Ms. Buyse has presented recitals and master classes across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.  Her solo recordings have appeared on the Crystal, Boston Records, Albany, and C.R.I. labels and she may be heard as solo flutist on recordings of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony for the Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, and Sony Classical labels.  With her husband, clarinetist Michael Webster, she co-founded the Webster Trio, which has recorded for Crystal Records and for the Japanese labels Camerata Tokyo and Nami.  

Ms. Buyse is the Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and has also taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, and as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.  Her former students hold positions at major universities and in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Toronto, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.  

Also an accomplished pianist, Ms. Buyse served for two years as a collaborative pianist at Jean-Pierre Rampal's summer flute master classes in Nice, France. An active member of the National Flute Association, she has been a featured performer at annual conventions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Columbus, Kansas City, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Orlando, San Diego, and Orlando. She received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide at the 38th annual convention in Anaheim, California in August 2010.

Ms. Buyse maintains a web presence at www.leonebuyse.com.

Pianist, MAkiko Hirata

An international pianist and recording artist, Makiko Hirata, has been calling herself the “On-Call Musical Doctor” since attaining her D.M.A. from Rice University. She is on a mission to promote music and musicians as healing agents in this world. As a consultant to Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, she collaborates with neuroscientist to study the benefit of music. Believing in the power of music to encourage empathy, reminding us how what we share is greater than our differences, she is a life-long Scott M. Johnson Fellow to the US-Japan Leadership Program. She is currently authoring a book on her triumph over a fifteen-year battle against stage fright, stereotypes, and sexual harassment as a young Japanese pianist navigating the classical music industry.

She has given recitals, lectures, concerto performances and outreach concerts in North and South America, Europe and her native Japan in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, and Oji Hall. She has performed with distinguished groups and musicians such as the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra in NYC, the Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leon Fleisher, and clarinetist David Krakauer. Passionate about sharing music not just through performances, she has also taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College, and given lectures at Emeritus College, and for Los Angeles Public Library’s Lecture Series. 

Her website is at: http://musicalmakiko.com/en/

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We are excited to welcome back Dr. Hirata to collaborate with us for a second year! 

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