Flute Masterclass with Nina Assimakopoulos
Duke Music masterclasses are free and open to the public.
Internationally acclaimed flutist Nina Assimakopoulos is an integrative performing artist whose work encompasses traditional and exploratory forms of flute playing that combine music with movement, multi-media arts and 'eco-performances' integrating handcrafted world flutes and instruments made from organic materials with narration, fixed media soundscapes and storytelling.
A leading voice in contemporary Western flute performance, Assimakopoulos has commissioned and premiered over 100 works for flute and recorded 9 solo CDs. Her recordings have won critical acclaim including the 2023 Global Music® Silver Medal Outstanding Achievement Award for Instrumentalist across all genres (Bending Light: Sonic Prisms for Solo Flute, AMP Recordings) and selection into the first round of the Grammy nominations for Best Classical Instrumental Solo (Vāyu: Multi-cultural Flute Solos from the Twenty-First Century, AMP Recordings, 2015).
She is the recipient of numerous international grants and awards from organizations including the Aaron Copland Fund, the Fulbright Commission, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Puffin Foundation, NY Women Composers and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation.
Assimakopoulos is an Altus Performing Artist. She has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America as a performing artist and masterclass and workshop presenter giving over 700 performances and masterclasses throughout her career. She has appeared in solo recitals at international music festivals and in concert venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Alden Theater Rising Stars Concert Series, the Dame Myra Hess Radio Broadcast Concert Series, and the Live from Hochstein radio broadcast series. She is Professor of Flute at West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts where she enjoys working with artists across disciplines and the next generation of flutists and educators.
This masterclass has been made possible, in part, through an educational grant from Altus Flutes. Nina Assimakopoulos performs exclusively on Altus Flutes.