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Thomas PINSCHOF

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Graduate Diploma Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, Staatliche Lehrbefähigungsprüfung (Austria), Postragduate at Freiburg/Germany(Nicolet) and Indiana University Bloomington (USA)

THOMAS PINSCHOF is one of the world’s most widely experienced and successful flute teachers who has gained international fame as a soloist as well as pedagogue and is also an innovator in flute design, who in 1971 started the trend of ever larger flutes being built for use in Flute orchestras such as his ENSEMBLE ZAUBERFLÖTE. For the development of a special bass flute with extended range, named after him the “Pinschofon”, he recieved a special award by the prestigeous Alban Berg Foundation. He studied with some of the greats of flute playing such as Jean-Pierre RAMPAL, Aurèle NICOLET, Camillo WANAUSEK, Severino GAZZELLONI, Karl-Heinz ZÖLLER, Doriot Anthony DWYER, James PAPOUTSAKIS, Murray PANITZ, André JAUNET and due to his extensive work with Prof. Ellen MÜLLER-PREIS he was able to develop a totally natural breathing technique, enabling him to vastly increase the possibilities of the flute with advanced forms of tonguing and un-noticable circular breathing even in staccato. He is known to be able to help students to permanently solve some of the most persistent problems and deficiencies in their playing due to his understanding of the anatomical restraints of the body that determines how to make the flute sound the best and how to produce the most variations in colour and dynamics.
He studied composition with Gottfired von EINEM and his piano and harpsichord teacher Victor SOKOLOWSKI, who also passed on to him a deep knowledge of the “Zwölftonspiel” and much of the theoretical work by Josef Matthias HAUER. In 1969, with a scholarship of the Koussewitzky Foudation, he was the only European to be invited to the famous Tanglewood Festival in the USA. Again in 1975, together with ENSEMBLE I, he spent one semester at Indiana University in Bloomington, working with Janos STARKER, Fritz MAGG and members of the Beaux Arts Trio Daniel GUILET and Menahem PRESSLER before accepting an invitation to be Artist in Residence at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Supported by an Australia Council grant he undertook special studies in authentic perfomance with Prof. Nikolaus HARNONCOURT.
For many years he was Head of Woodwind and lecturer in Flute and Chamber Music at the Victorian College of the Arts and has also taught at the Canberra School of Music and the University of Melbourne. In addition to that he was invited to perform as soloist, to give master courses and hold master classes to many international summer schools and festivals such as “Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum” in Salzburg, the “Stratford upon Avon Flute Festival” and many other institutions in Austria, Germany, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Many of his students now teach or play in leading positions in many parts of the world. He has been a juror at many international competitions and was himself recipient of scholarships and was awarded 2nd prize in the international flute competition “Severino Gazzelloni”. In 2012 he has been chosen as one of only 6 flute players to be part of a special CD in memory of Severino Gazelloni.
He has recorded for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Adel-Cord, many Radio and Television stations in all parts of the world and has also been involved in recordings of sound tracks for many famous films such as “The Blue Lagoon”, “Mad Max”, “A Town Like Alice”, “Gallipoli” and “The Killing Of Angel Street”, which features him in the title song together with Guitarist Jochen SCHUBERT. He was a member of the Austrian Choir in Melbourne for several years and has performed as Flute Soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Rantos Collegium, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Musicians, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan, Ensemble Zauberflöte, the Tokyo Flute Ensemble and MOZART ORCHESTRA, of which he is also Artistic Director and Chief Conductor and in the process of planning their concert tour to China.
Thomas Pinschof has written many articles for magzines like and “The Australian Music Teacher”, “The Flautist”, “The Flute”, “Music Forum” and “Orchestral Outlook” in Australia, “Flutes Notes” in London, “Traversières” in Paris and “Tibia” in Germany. An interview he did with James GALWAY appeared in several publications. His own publications include editions of music, compositions and transcriptions for flute ensemble, orchestra and chamber music in various combinations for publishers like Doblinger, Universal Edition, Zimmerman and Zen-On on well as his own series “Pinschofon”. He organised and was director of the international summer school and festival “Mozart on the Mountain” for several years and has given many lectures on different topics including a detailed analysis of J. S. BACH’s Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord BWV1030 and the famous Viariations on the song “Tockene Blumen” by Franz SCHUBERT, which can also be found on his CD “Die Romantische Flöte”. In 1988 he also held a special Seminar on the Flute music by J. S. BACH which included live performances of the complete repertoire including flute parts and solos from Bach’s Cantatas and Passions, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fuge and the b-minor Mass. On the occasion of Jean-Pierre RAMPAL performing his arrangement of the Aram Khachatourian Flute Concerto, the Australian Broadcasting Commission invited him to give pre concert lectures on the topic of transcriptions of works for instruments other than those originally intended.
As founder of ENSEMBLE I he has over three decades of experience as international chamber musician and he has performed and recorded all over the world with this group as well as with other famous artists such as the famous organist and harpsichord player Dame Gillian WEIR, many pianists like Bruno CANINO, Kenneth WEIR, Brachi TILLES, Nehama PATKIN and Jeffrey LANCASTER as well as guitarists Jochen SCHUBERT and Leo WITOSZYNSKIJ and played chamber music with many string players such as violinists Eduard MELKUS, Spiros RANTOS, Klaus MAETZEL, Gerhard HETZEL, Florian ZWIEAUER, Aaron BARNDEN, Viola players Thomas RIEBL, Nicholas LOGIE, Dawn HANNAY and Marco van PAGEE and cellists Heinrich SCHIFF, Rudolf LEOPOLD, Christian WOJTOWICS, Tanya PROHASKA, Rosanne HUNT and many others. He has also performed with famous singers including Tenors Anton DERMOTA, Gerald ENGLISH and Counter Tenor Zeger vander STEENE, Sopranos Merlyn QUAIFE, Pip GROMMET and Mezzo Soprano Julia NAFISI, as well as appearing together with many wind players such as Barry TUCKWELL, Franz KOCH, Alex GRIEVE Hermann BAUMANN and Richard RUNNELS horn, flute players Camillo WANAUSEK, Leopold STASTNY, Elena DURAN, Vernon HILL, Liisa RUOHO, Margaret CRAWFORD, oboists Jürg SCHAEFTLEIN, Ann GILBY, Jeffrey CRELLIN, Bernhard OEHLBERGER, clarinettists Reinier HOGERHEIJDE and Wolfgang RÜHM, bassoonists Milan TURKOVIC, Richard McINTYRE, Michael WERBA and Reinhard OEHLBERGER, many of them members of orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, the Vienna Symphony and Concentus Musicus Vienna. He also worked with conductors such as Joseph KRIPS, Karl MELLES, Carlo Maria GIULLINI, Seiji OZAWA, Horst STEIN, Bernhard HAITINK, Wolfgang SAWALLISCH, Paul KLETZKI, Erich LEINSDORF, Eugen JOCHUM, Leonard BERNSTEIN, Karl RICHTER, Walter WELLER, Michael TILSON THOMAS, Mikis THEODORAKIS, Henry KRIPS, Robert STOLZ, Joseph SILVERSTEIN, Hubert SOUDANT, Kurt RAPF, Giuseppe SINOPOLI, James LEVINE, John HOPKINS, Richard DIVALL and may others. He studied conducting with Dr. Gustav KOSLIK and the legendary Prof. Hans SWAROWSKI in Vienna with class mates such as Zubin METHA, Riccardo MUTI and Claudio ABBADO.

These details were last updated on March 12, 2012

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