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Dr. Petra Music is flutist and pedagogue from Graz, Austria. She teaches flute, instrumental teaching, repertoire and chamber music at the Mozarteum University Salzburg/Innsbruck. In Innsbruck, she additionally works as a substitute with the Tiroler Symphony Orchester, the Tiroler Landestheater and various other orchestras and ensembles . A busy concert schedule has led her as a soloist, chamber musician and in orchestra-, new music-, and opera projects to festivals in Europe, USA, Australia, China and Taiwan. Petra is also a sought after masterclass/workshop teacher for flutists of all playing abilities and levels which she conducted in cities such as Moscow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Taipei, Cologne, London, Luxembourg amongst others. Furthermore, she annually serves as adjudicator for initiatives as My Flute Konkurs, Moscow (2012-2016) and judged and coordinated the Azumi flute competition from 2009-2011. This task puts her in permanent contact with many international flute prodigies. Petra enjoys following their musical development with great interest. In magazines such as Flute Talk, Flöte Aktuell and Pan, Petra has published articles relating flute teaching and flute technique. Her innovative work on the Left- Handed-Flute as a tool for teacher training has been positively acclaimed. In her pedagogical work for 2016, Petra is researching the use and advantages of creative playing arts in instrumental teaching. She presented her Workshop and themed Concert “Let’s Play” at the Syrinx Flötenfest 2015 in Feldkirch in which techniques of the creative playing arts movement were applied to musical work with a Loop station. For an appearance at the Adams festival in April 2016, Petra presented a stimulating lecture on talent research based on Mozart's life and his work for the flute. Her 2017 lecture is based on Telemann and also introduces recent research in creativity.
Petra completed her musical studies with honours (Konzertfach Flute, M.A. and Instrumental Pedagogy, Mag.art.) at the Kunstuniversität Graz (Dieter Flury, Vienna Philharmonic) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Doctor of Musical Arts, studying with Jonathan Keeble) as well as at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She attended master classes with some of the most gifted flutists of our time (Peter Lukas Graf, Felix Renggli, Andras Adorjan, Robert Aitken, Moshe Epstein, Freerk Zeijl, Carlo Jans, Janos Balint, Amy Porter, Thomas Robertello, Denis Bouriakov, Eva Amsler, Ian Clarke, Wissam Boustany, Emily Beynon, Camilla Hoitenga and many others). During her studies, Petra received grants and prizes for her artistic development by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign the Emanuel und Sofie Fohn Stiftung Wien and two scholarships of the Bundeskanzleramts für Kunst in Wien and Yehudi Menuhins foundation Live Music Now. Petra still enjoys gaining new insights into the interpretation of the flute repertoire tremendously. This is why several years ago, she has started studying period literature and period instruments with masterclass teachers such as Rachel Brown, Marcello Gatti and Linde Brunnmayr.
As in her frequent travels, Petra finds her home in many musical styles. She presented her debut CD ...gebrochene bluomen with works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven for flute and piano in 2009, followed by Musica Delicata with baroque works for flute, organ and trumpet by Händel, Bach, Telemann and Mozart in 2012. In 2010 she performed as a soloist in the Ludwigsburg Meisterkonzert with works by Bulla, Chaminade, Hidas und Rimsky-Korsakov and she frequently visited China in Orchestra and Solo concert tours (österreichische Philharmonie, 2009), Taiwan (Grazer Salonorchester, 2011), Österreichisch-Chinesisches Kulturforum 2013, Hangzhou (2011).
However, she especially enjoys the contemporary repertoire and working with composers of her time. Several of her contemporary chamber music and solo performances were recorded and broadcasted by the Austrian TV and Radio stations ORF. In 2010, she premiered her New Music Project „Metamorphoses“ at the European Flute Festival 2010 in Munich with newly commissioned works for flute and piano. Furthermore, Petra has performed with the UI New Music Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Windkraft, Szene Instrumental at festivals in Alte Schmiede Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Transart Festival Bozen, Klangspuren Schwaz, Klangperspektiven Wien, Hörfest Graz and Musikprotokoll Steirischer Herbst. Her insight as a Literature Scientist (German Philology, Mag.phil, KUG Graz 2003) sparked her interest in the relations between Literature and Music. In her Masters thesis about Harrison Birtwistle’s Celan Settings, she explored the similar aesthetic styles in writing poetry and composing music. Her dissertation project regards the use of literary quotes in Nicolas A. Huber’s chamber music for flute. She has published several essays concerning N.A. Huber and M. Spahlinger in Contemporary Music Review in 2009.
Besides these more “serious” aspects of music Petra loves the possibilities of “Cross-Over” projects to inspire young musicians. She has worked in Jazz, Pop and World Music settings and has collaborated with many gifted artists and ensembles such as UI Opera Ensembe, UI Symphony, UI Philharmonia Orchestra, KlangImpuls Orchestra, UI New Music Ensemble unter Eduardo Diazmunoz, Martha Graham Dance Company New York, Grazer Salonorchester, Österreichische Philharmonie, Wiener Kammerorchester and Klangforum Wien. Concerts have brought her to the Fringe Festival Melbourne/Australien 2001, Quedlinburg/Deutschland 2003, Live Music Now in der Grazer Oper 2003, Detmold/Deutschland 2004, FIMU Festival Belfort/Frankreich 2005 und 2006, St. Louis Flute Day/USA 2005, Chicago Flute Fest/USA 2006, Martha Graham Dance Company New York, Krannert Center of the Performing Arts/USA 2007, Stefaniensaal Graz 2007, Stephansdom Wien 2008, Klangforum Wien im Wiener Konzerthaus 2009, Grazer Burg 2009, Polytheatre Beijing/China 2009, Beijing Concert Hall, Zhengzhou Concert Hall Hangzhou, 2011, Sun-Ya-Tsen Hall, Kaishung 2012, Taipei 2012, Chonqing Concert Hall 2013, Beijing 2013, ADAMS Flute Festival 2013, Flute Days Moskau 2012-2014, Tiroler Landestheater since 2014, Adams Flute Festival Ittervoort 2013 and 2016, Syrinx Flötenfest Feldkirch 2015, Tuesday Microgrooves, 2016.
Petra plays a 19,5 K Powell flute and also a grenadilla flute by Powell and a Philipp Hammig Piccolo. She plays Mancke flute and piccolo head joints. Her bass and alto flutes are made by Altus and she enjoys playing a Jupiter Counterbass flute. In her studies, she works with excellent copies of the baroque and classical flute makers J.H. Rottenburgh and H. Grenser by Rudolf Tutz and a Palanca copy by Simon Polak. .