Adrianne Greenbaum is a nationally acclaimed klezmer and classical flutist. As a klezmer musician she is the founder and leader of “FleytMuzik,” an ensemble with flute, violin, cimbalom and bass, and of “The Klezical Tradition” klezmer band where she performs on both flute and keyboard and leads Yiddish dance.
PERFORMS ON: Classic RH model
Adrianne Greenbaum is the foremost purveyor and revivalist of the klezmer flute tradition today, returning the instrument to its rightful historical position in the history of klezmer. Quoted as being a “A National Treasure”, she is a highly regarded and acclaimed flutist performing on modern and historical instruments of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Her training and career ranks among the finest flutists of her time. As a classical musician she has performed as soloist and orchestral musician in all of New York’s major concert halls and in many major cities of the US. She has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berlin Ballet at the Met, the Period Orchestra of the Fairfield Academy, and for many years performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Baroque flute and historical performance practice has played an active role in Greenbaum’s varied career. While she was a harpsichord minor at both Oberlin and continuing at Yale, she embarked on studying traverso. In addition to her L’Uhrovska and free-lance baroque ensembles, she has taught traverso and baroque performance practice on modern flute in workshops for the National and British Flute Associations, the New York Flute Club, the Ohio State flute studio, at Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and for many other college-age studios and festivals.
Her current projects are as continuing leader of the flute-based klezmer ensemble, FleytMuzikand founder of the above-mentioned period instrument trio L’Uhrovska Baroque. Shehas toured extensively throughout the US and in Europe with her FleytMuzikprojects of “Farewell to the Homeland, Poyln” and “Tartan, Baroque and Klezmer” bringing those programs and workshops to Vienna, Paris, Dusseldorf and Scotland. Most recently Adrianne was honored to be chosen as one of ten musicians – and the only flutist – for Soul Songs: Women of Klezmer, performed to a full house in the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia.
She also serves as Solo flutist with the Wall Street Chamber Players and maintains an active free-lance life in the US and Canada.And, preferring not to take vacations, her current summers most often include directing her own World Chamber Music and Improv camp, the Young Artist Chamber Music Camp, teaching and performing at the Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and teaching at KlezKanada and New England Adult Music Camp. Greenbaum’s decades-long symphonic career was as Principal of both the New Haven Symphony and Orchestra New England.
Professor of Music at Mount Holyoke College for over four decades, she previously has held faculty positions at Wesleyan and Yale Universities, and at Smith College. Still enjoying teaching all ages, Greenbaum gives master classes in klezmer techniques, baroque flute, and improvisation across genres. She can be heard in recording on the Koch and Music Masters labels as well as her own solo classical album “Sounds of America” and her other three FleytMuzikrecords. Additionally, Greenbaum is a published composer (Mozart G major cadenzas and her own klezmer books) and arranger (F. Doppler’s Andante and Rondo). Adrianne received her BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her MM from the Yale School of Music and resides in Fairfield, CT. As a final and personal note, Adrianne enjoys wearing vintage clothing and invites you to ask about her hats.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this music touches the soul and you did a very good job in touching mine.” Jimmy/Sir James Galway
“Adrianne is a master on the flute and without any problem she knows how to interprete klezmer music in quite a professional and personal way.FolkWorld
“Mypersonal rogues’ gallery of outstanding flautists, regardless of genre and in no particular order, so far consisting of Jean Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, Yusef Lateef, and Hubert Laws, has been extended by one: Adrianne Greenbaum.” Rainlore