Faculty Bio
Michelle Matsumune

Flute

Master of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts 
 
Hailed as “possessing rich, mellow flute playing, lovely lyrical style, and excellent breath control” by ClassicsToday.com, flutist Michelle Matsumune is a fourth generation Californian and an avid chamber music performer. In addition to concertizing regularly and releasing the CD Postcards with the woodwind trio Ceora Winds, she has released two CDs with the Resonance Flute Consort (Flute Tootin’ Yule and Lights, Camera, Flutes!), as well as Duo Arioso’s flute and harp CD of Medieval music entitled Cantico. Michelle performs as a singer and flautist for both the choral group Wagner Ensemble and the Independent Opera Company. As a soloist, Michelle has performed flute concerts in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States, and at music festivals in Mexico City and Geneva, Switzerland. She toured as the featured soloist with the Southern California Balinese Gamalan Group as well as with Persian pop singer Moein, and has worked closely with many contemporary composers including James Tenney, Eugene Kurtz, Adrienne Albert and Nancy Bloomer-Deussen. She is married to composer Mat Matsumune, and has premiered all of his flute works. Michelle studied flute with Peter Lloyd at Indiana University and received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts. She is the Woodwind Coach for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and teaches privately.
 
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