Mary Kay Fink joined The Cleveland Orchestra as piccoloist in 1990 and has appeared as a soloist with The Orchestra on numerous occasions. In May 2014, she premiered a piccolo concerto by Gabriela Frank, a piece commissioned for her by The Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to coming to Cleveland, 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, 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, The Chicago Philharmonic and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.
Fink was awarded first prize in the 1986 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions: St. Louis (1987), San Diego (1988), Orlando (1995), Washington, D.C. (2003), Albuquerque NM (2007) and Chicago (2014). In Washington, Albuquerque and Chicago she was featured in the Gala Concerto Concerts.
Fink attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Paula Robison, Julius Baker, Robert Cole and Sandra Miller with whom she studied baroque traverso. She has also studied with avant-garde flutist/composer Robert Dick, with whom she has performed and is featured in his duo "Recombinant Landscapes" on one of his recordings.
Fink is very active as a chamber musician and soloist, and has been on the CIM faculty since 1990. 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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