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MTSU School of Music Hosts Guest Artist, Robert Dick Thursday, April 9th


11:30 am ‘Entrepreneurship in Music” – Hinton Hall

12:45 pm Master class – SFA 205

8:00 pm Robert Dick in Recital – Hinton Hall

Robert Dick    www.robertdick.net

A flutist whose technical resources and imagination seem limitless. - New York Times

His playing acknowledges no boundaries. – Village Voice, NYC

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....................  --  Dizzy Gillespie

Robert Dick is a musical visionary, a creative virtuoso in the tradition of Paganini and Hendrix, artists who redefined both the music and the technique of their instruments.  Improvisor, composer, author, teacher and inventor, Robert Dick has performed worldwide.  Listening to him play solo has been likened to the experience of hearing a full orchestra. 

Dick has released over 20 CDs of original solo and chamber works and collaborations with fellow creative musicians.  Other of his CDs feature music by Telemann (the Fantasies for flute alone) and Jimi Hendrix.   Dick’s newest recording is is “Flutes and Voices”, improvised duos by Robert Dick and baritone Thomas Buckner.  Upcoming are duo CDs with pianist Ursel Schlicht and drummer Tiffany Chang.

Dick has had a major impact on flute playing everywhere through his pedagogy, including countless masterclasses throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia, the seminal books The Other Flute, Tone Development through Extended Techniques and Circular Breathing for the Flutist plus two volumes of the etudes Flying Lessons.  Instructional CDs and DVDs --and  now his series of instructional videos on YouTube -- illuminate his ideas and music for students and professionals everywhere. 

For the past quarter century, Dick has been contributing to the evolution of the flute itself.  His invention, the Glissando Headjoint®, is a telescopes to do for the flute what the “whammy bar” does for the electric guitar.  The Glissando Headjoint® is being made under Robert Dick’s own name by the parent company of Haynes Flutes and marketed through www.glissando.biz

Dick holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.M. in composition from the Yale School of Music.  He is the 2014 recipient of the National Flute Associan’s Lifetime Achievemnent Award.  Dick’s compositions have been recognized by a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Composer Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other grants and commissions from ensembles and organizations in the United States and Europe.

Robert Dick teaches flute and coaches improvisation and chamber music at NYU.  He is also on the faculty of the City University of New York Graduate Center, teaching both flute and composition.  Dick maintains an active private teaching studio, which includes working with flutists the world over using Skype.