The competition, first presented in 1980, was established in 1979 in memory of James Pappoutsakis, flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly four decades and beloved teacher of generations of fine musicians now performing throughout the world.
Mr. Sanborn’s program will include Duo for Flute and Piano (1971) by Aaron Copland; Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute and Piano by Paul Hindemith, and Sonata for Flute and Piano Opus 23 by Lowell Liebermann.
The September 7 concert is a collaborative presentation by New England Conservatory and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund and Competition, as the two organizations are jointly hosting the Pappoutsakis Winner’s Recital in Boston’s Jordan Hall, one of the world’s premier concert venues.
Adrian Sanborn won First Prize in the 34th Annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition as a master’s student of Paula Robison at New England Conservatory. He is acclaimed for his versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. As the flutist of the Philharmonic Five wind quintet, twice winners of the NEC Honors Ensemble Competition, Adrian performs regularly in Jordan Hall. He received the Borromeo String Quartet’s Guest Artist Award and joined the ensemble on the Mozart Flute Quartet in C in March 2014. As an orchestral flutist, Adrian has performed under some of the finest conductors of our time, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Rafael Frühbeck, Charles Dutoit, Stéphane Denève, Hugh Wolff, and Stefan Asbury, as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Festival and member of NEC’s Philharmonia Orchestra. Adrian graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2011 with a degree in mathematics and computer science.
The James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund and Competition, first presented in 1980, was established in 1979 in memory of James Pappoutsakis, flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops for nearly four decades and beloved teacher of generations of fine musicians now performing throughout the world. Finalists in the annual competition are chosen (in a blind preliminary round) from among students at New England Conservatory, Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music Bard College and The Berklee College of Music. The competition is supported in part by: Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Burkart Flutes, Flute FX, Flutistry Boston, Galdieri Flute Repair, Keefe Piccolo Company, Landell Flutes, Levit Flute Company, Mancke Flutes, Music Espresso, Nagahara Flutes/NNI, Noteworthy Sheet Music, Suffolk Dental Group, Verne Q Powell Flutes, Wm. S. Haynes Company, Williams Flutes, Yesterday Service, and Your Flute Works.