The versatile flutist and Miyazawa Artist GÖRAN MARCUSSON worked as bricklayer and tram driver before he fully devoted himself to music at the late age of 24. He received international acclaim in 1987 by winning the US National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. Later he won an award at Crussell week in Finland and in 1991 a prize at the Bodensee Music Competition. In 1992, the same year he received his Soloist Diploma from the University of Gothenburg, he received a prize at the Vienna Music Competition and was awarded a handmade flute of Waterford Crystal for his outstanding performance in the master class of James Galway. His debut album, The Swedish Romantic Flute, including his adaption of The Herdsmaiden’s Dance by H. Alfvén, received rave reviews. Among his seven solo albums is The American Sonatas and Inspiration by Bach. His latest recording for the Naxos label with Jönköpings Sinfonietta, Melodies of a Silver Flute, features works by W. Stenhammar, Sibelius, Borodin and others.

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Mr. Marcusson has been guest principal flute with many orchestras, such as Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Cadaqués and the London Symphony Orchestra. Besides his busy international schedule as soloist and teacher in master classes he keeps a position in Göteborg Wind Orchestra. Recently he toured the US and visited four universities for recitals and master classes. In April he was appointed a Miyazawa artist when he received his new exclusive flute called “The Western Orchid.” In May, together with the soprano La Lilja, he unveiled his new show “Queen of the Night and Magic Flute” at the Gothenburg Opera. In June he teaches his annual Master class at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina. Mr. Marcusson made his Newport debut in 1995.