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Brittney Balkcom (USA)

Flutist Brittney Balkcom is known for her “wonderful control,” “terrific energy,” “beautiful, spinning sound” and “sensitive musicianship” with “marvelous potential.” She is the First Prize winner of the 2013 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, and is honored to be returning as a guest artist at the 2014 Texas Flute Festival. Brittney has also won top prizes and awards in the Atlanta Flute Club’s Young Artist competition, the Oklahoma Flute Society’s Collegiate Artist competition, and the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. In October 2013, she will make her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall as a first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition.

A Houston native, Brittney currently lives and works in Boston where she performs as Principal Flutist of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and Longitude New Music Ensemble; recording flutist/piccoloist with the Boston Chamber Orchestra and Video Game Orchestra; Co-Principal Flutist of the New England Repertory Orchestra (NERO) and substitute flutist for the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. She also served as Co-Principal Flutist of the 2012 and 2013 Hot Springs Music Festival orchestras under Maestro Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony. Brittney worked as a Teaching Artist in 2013 for the Boston Landmark's Orchestra's inaugural “Notes in the Neighborhood” program, which brings music performance and education to children in Boston’s underserved communities.

Brittney currently studies with legendary pedagogue Robert Willoughby as a Master of Music candidate at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of North Texas, earning her undergraduate degree under the instruction of Terri Sundberg as a recipient of the UNT Wind and Percussion Scholarship, the Nicholas D. and Ann G. Ricco Excellence in Music Scholarship, and the Mary Lou Finley and Dan Emenheiser GLBTA Scholarship.

In addition to her principal teachers, Brittney has studied with Elizabeth McNutt and Sydney Carlson, and has had the privilege of performing in master classes with Jill Felber, Marianne Gedigian, Marco Granados, Christina Jennings, Rhian Kenny, Gary Schocker, Harvey Sollberger, Jessica Warren-Acosta, and Carol Wincenc. She can be heard on the Klavier and Naxos labels as a member of various UNT ensembles, as well as on the Square Enix label for the original soundtrack from Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns, which is scheduled for release in February 2014. 

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Brittney Balkcom (USA)

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