Mary Kay Fink
Mary Kay Fink joined The Cleveland Orchestra as piccoloist in 1990 and has appeared as a soloist with The Orchestra on numerous occasions. Prior to coming to Cleveland, Ms. Fink was a member of the New Jersey Symphony (1986-88), the Madison Symphony (principal flute 1988-89) and the New York Philharmonic (acting piccolo 1989-90). She has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Seito-Kinen Festival Orchestra of Japan. In addition to soloing with The Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Fink has performed as soloist with the Bismarck Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Madison Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony (as youth soloist), New Jersey Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Fink was awarded first prize in the 1986 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She has performed in five National Flute Association conventions: St. Louis (1987), San Diego (1988), Orlando (1995), Washington, D.C. (2003) and in Albuequerque NM (2007), where she was the final performer in the NFA Gala Concerto Concert, performing Bruce Broughton's Piccolo Concerto. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she attended UW-Madison where she studied with Robert Cole from 1979-81. In 1983 she graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree a student of Robert Willoughby. She earned a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with both Julius Baker and Paula Robison. She has also studied with avant-garde flutist/composer Robert Dick, with whom she recorded a duo titled Recombinant Landscapes for the disc Venturi Shadows (O.O. Discs, 1989). Ms. Fink is very active as a chamber musician. This season she will be performing for “Heights Arts” and in several venues with the Cleveland Chamber Collective, including a collaboration with Verb Ballet. She has been on the CIM faculty since 2006. She has also taught at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and was assistant professor of flute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988-89). She gives flute and piccolo master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
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