Julie Scolnik, flute
Flutist Julie Scolnik’s tonal enchantment and communicative gifts have captivated audiences across the United States and abroad. The Boston Globe has written that "she plays with an urgency full of fire that melts into disarming delicacy," and French critics have praised "her vast palette of sultry colors and magical phrasing." Scolnik has enjoyed a diverse musical career as a soloist, orchestral flutist, and chamber musician. As a guest flutist at festivals across the U.S. and France, Ms. Scolnik has collaborated with countless world-class artists and chamber groups that include the Brentano, Lydian and Borromeo String Quartets. She is an active soloist in the U.S. and in France she offers an annual fall recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris and in festivals of Provence during the summer.
The 2016-2017 season marks Ms Scolnik’s 20th year as artistic director of Mistral Music (www.MistralMusic.org) a series which has brought her accolades for her imaginative programming and for the personal connection she establishes with her audiences. In earlier years, Ms. Scolnik performed as principal flute with many of Boston's leading orchestras including Emmanuel Music, The Boston Ballet, and Lyric Opera, and toured and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Scolnik is a frequent featured guest on Boston's WGBH radio, having made over three dozen radio appearances. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, physicist Michael Brower, and has two children, Sophie and Sasha, also musicians.
Through Mistral, Ms. Scolnik expanded the repertoire of the flute in her many arrangements for flute and strings of string quintets and other violin works. She has released two commercial CDs, the latest, entitled ‘Salut d’Amour & Other Songs of Love,’ with her daughter, pianist Sophie Scolnik-Brower. Of her CDs Fanfare Magazine has written, “Her tone is voluptuous in its low register and pellucid at the top . . . with naturally graceful and gracious phrasing, and articulation that is so deft that one is not aware of it.” Since undergoing treatments for breast cancer in 2005, Ms. Scolnik has found ways to both organize and perform concerts which raise funds for cancer support and research, the two most recent full orchestral concerts: in Paris for the Ligue contre le Cancer, and in Jordan Hall with the world-renown conductor, Sir Simon Rattle. Twice a year since 2009 she has been a guest speaker at Harvard Medical School.
Scolnik establishes strong personal relationships with her students and is particularly adept at analyzing and diagnosing the weakness in a student's playing, and then at articulating in imaginative ways what is needed to make them more accomplished and expressive musicians. Students have always appreciated her energy and warmth, and feels that she cares deeply about their musical journeys.