Bay Area Flutist to Present ‘Airs Japonais’


Ai Goldsmith

BERKELEY — On Saturday, May 21, at 8 p.m., Bay Area musicians Ai Goldsmith (flute) and Miles Graber (piano), with guest artist Amy Likar (flute), will perform “Airs Japonais” at part of the Trinity Chamber Series.

This classical flute concert with an ethnic twist is like an aural kaleidoscope of Japanese and Western musical traditions. The repertoire blends two tonal traditions seamlessly to form a new, colorful sound spectacle. They will perform works by Eugene Bozza, Toru Takemitsu, Hisatada Otaka, and more.

CDs of the program will be available for purchase; $10 from each CD sold will go to earthquake/tsunami disaster relief in Japan.

For ticket information, call (510) 549-3864. Admission is $15 general, $10 senior/ disabled/student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Trinity Chamber Concerts is located at 2320 Dana St. in Berkeley.

Goldsmith is an emerging concert flutist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a soloist, she made guest appearances with the Palo Alto Philharmonic in its Children and Family Concert and as a concerto competition winner with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony and the San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra.

She also participated in the 2004 Ameropa Music Festival, where she performed chamber music in various festival venues throughout the Czech Republic, as well as a solo performance at the Museum of Czech Music in Prague.

Goldsmith was chosen by Sir James Galway as a performer in his master class in Napa and became a finalist in the 2007 LMC Seattle West Coast Regional Soloist competition and a semi-finalist in the Haynes 2006 International Flute Competition.

She received a master’s degree in music performance at SJSU and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from UCLA, where she studied with Isabelle Chapuis-Starr (Opera San Jose principal flute, former student of Jean Pierre Rampal), Sheridon Stokes (orchestral and first call studio musician), and David Shostac (principal flutist, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, first call studio flutist). She also performed in master classes and summer music academies led by master flutists Heather Clark, Vieri Bottazzini, Susan Milan, Robert Stallman, Ransom Wilson, Anne Diener-Zentner, and Isabelle Chapuis (listed in chronological order).

Currently, Goldsmith performs frequently in solo and chamber music recitals in Northern California: Davis (UC Davis), Grass Valley, Hayward (Chabot College, CSU East Bay’s festival Musica delle donne), Oakland Flute Festival, San Francisco, San Jose, and Palo Alto.

Since 2008, Goldsmith has performed regularly with operatic soprano Alison Collins in a solo-duo group, Albireo. She also provides private flute instruction in Cupertino. In July-August 2010, she was in Italy serving as an orchestral and a chamber musician for an opera festival and academy in Viterbo.

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