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“I love my Altus flute. It has a vast variety of tonal colors ranging from warm and silky to rich and powerful. With its superb mechanism, in addition to the best intonation of any flute maker on the market today, I couldn’t wish for a better instrument.”
Denis Bouriakov
“Altus flutes capture the essence of human voice. And with William Bennett’s scale being at the essence of making these instruments, an intonation of the flutes is excellent. Great built and sound qualities go hand in hand in these superb flutes, which leaves no boundaries for musician’s artistry.”
Alena Walentin


Happy #ArtistFeatureFriday! This week we are featuring Altus artist Kathy Karr! Kathleen Karr is the Principal Flutist of the Louisville Orchestra and Flute Professor at the University of Louisville. In 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for the University of Louisville. At the University of Louisville, Kathleen teaches all applied flute students, flute ensemble, flute studio class, flute literature, flute pedagogy, chamber music coaching and performs with the faculty woodwind quintet. Kathleen has taught flute and chamber music at the Interlochen Arts Camp (Interlochen, Michigan), Bellarmine University, Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) and Indiana University Southeast. Kathleen has twice performed at the National Flute Association’s annual convention, and frequently tours with her flute and guitar duo, The Astral Duo. The Astral Duo has commissioned four pieces for flute and guitar and a CD of the commissioned pieces is in process. She is also a member of the Flutes Fleur de Lis – a two flute and piano trio. A founding member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, Kathleen is also the flutist with the Grawemeyer Players. She has performed masterclasses and recitals throughout Israel, Mexico, and the USA. Kathleen has performed as Principal Flute with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony, the North Charleston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and the Orquestra Sinfonica da Mineria in Mexico City. Kathy's artist page: https://www.altusflutes.com/us/artist/kathy-karr/ #altusflutes
Happy #ArtistFeatureFriday! This week we are featuring Altus artist Ana de la Vega! Australian flutist Ana de la Vega has recently leapt onto the international classical music scene, attracting unbridled attention for her 'crystal-clear' and 'velvety tone' (NDR Kultur), 'superior, masterful technique' (Fono Forum), 'feathery-light playing' (Der Spiegel), and 'unobtrusive virtuosity' (Pizzicato). Ana plays the Altus 1807AL flute. View Ana's artist page: https://www.altusflutes.com/us/artist/ana-de-la-vega/
Happy #ArtistFeatureFriday! This week we are featuring Altus artist Philippe Barnes! Philippe Barnes graduated from the University of Limerick in 2008 with an MA – First Class Honours in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Since then he has toured all over Europe & America playing flute & guitar with the David Munnelly Band. Ireland, France & Germany with London Irish band Crossharbour & Australia with his Celtic Jazz-Funk group All Jigged Out. Three-time runner up in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Philippe was featured playing whistle and flute on Amy Dickson’s platinum selling album Dusk & Dawn. He joined her and the London Chamber Orchestra live at the Royal Albert Hall for the Classical Brit Awards. A regular TV flautist, he has appeared with Shakira for MTV 5-Star, Ellie Goulding & The Proclaimers at the NTA awards and Bryn Terfel at the Royal Variety Performance among others. Philippe has performed three times at the British Flute Society Convention and presented flute days across the UK. Recently he has given workshops at the NFA in Orlando, and the Swedish Flute Teachers Convention in Skövde and performed at the World Wind festival in Gyeongju, South Korea, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. View Philippe's artist page: https://www.altusflutes.com/us/artist/philippe-barnes/
Happy #ArtistFeatureFriday! This week we are featuring Altus artist Lisa Byrnes! A native of Northern California, Lisa currently plays Associate Principal Flute with the Utah Symphony. She serves on the faculty of the University of Utah as adjunct Associate Professor of Flute and has also served on the faculty at Brigham Young University. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She earned her Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied with Timothy Day. Prior to playing with the Utah Symphony, Lisa was a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Wilson-Thomas. She also held the position of Principal Flute with the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theatre as well as the Sarasota Opera Company. She has performed in summer music festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the International Music Festival in Evian, France. Lisa has also enjoyed performing as a concert soloist with several orchestras throughout her career. One of her passions is playing and coaching chamber music, and she has served on the faculty at Humboldt State University Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop for 25 years. She has led an active chamber music life performing with groups including the Left Coast Ensemble, Alternate Currents, Nova Chamber Series, Intermezzo Chamber Series, Three Fish, and a Scorpion and the faculty series. . . . #altusflutes #altusartist #flute #flutes #flutist #music #musician #fluteplayer