Nora Shulman has been Principal Flutist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1986. She's considered to be one of the "pre-eminent flutists of her generation." Shulman is also renown for her duo recordings with harpist Judy Loman. Despite her accomplishments, Shulman will tell you that she's really "a frustrated singer."
Shulman grew up in Los Angeles in an opera-loving family. Her father trained as a singer and he remained a passionate fan of the vocal arts throughout his life. Shulman's sister, Deborah studied voice and is a jazz singer. While Shulman tried singing and learning piano, it was the flute that won her heart.
Great singers have continued to inspire Shulman's flute playing and her vocal approach to the instrument has taken Shulman a long way. After university studies in California, Shulman held positions at the Aspen Music Festival, the Denver Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Centre before joining the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1974. Shulman shares her technique with her flute students at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory, where she introduces them the concept of thinking of themselves as singers first.
On this episode of This Is My Music, Shulman will share further insights about her favourite music.
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Nora Shulman shares her favourite music on This Is My Music