Lady Jeanne Galway, flute
An accomplished flutist, Lady Jeanne Galway continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway brings to the audience her unique style and elegance.
Her touring schedule regularly takes her to many of the major cities in the U.S. to perform as soloist with orchestras such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Denver, and the National Symphony. Internationally, she has appeared in the cultural capitals of the world including London, New York, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Dublin, Belfast, Tokyo, Beijing, and Singapore.
Appearing regularly as the premiere flute duo partner with her husband Sir James Galway, the two delight audiences and bring a rare freshness to the platform, unique in the music world.
The 2014/15 season saw Lady Galway joining her husband in performances right around the globe, opening the season with a tour through Asia, Canada, and the U.S., incorporating her educational work alongside her concert performances. A long awaited South America tour was preceded by a special Birthday Tribute Concert in honor of her husband at New York’s Carnegie Hall in aid of Music Education and Autism. A return to Europe saw Lady Galway performing a JS Bach tribute in London, closing the year with her husband at their annual New Year’s Eve concert in Switzerland.
The New Year brought in more educational work and a tour of South Africa with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The first South African Galway Flute Festival concluded with a spectacular Starlight Classics concert in Cape Town, incorporating flute students from the festival. Spring brought in a return to the U.S., with concerts in NY and LA to name a few, followed by a return to various performances throughout Europe.
Lady Galway is devoting most of the summer to her educational outreach programmes, including First Flute, an online Flute education community.
Launched in December 2013, is the groundbreaking “First Flute,” which Sir James and Lady Galway have created together. This online Educational Network is geared for students, teachers, and music lovers, allowing them to have first-hand access to Sir James’ invaluable expertise (www.firstflute.com).
Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her educational articles, master classes, blogs, and recordings.
During the 10 day “Galway Flute Festival” held each summer with her husband in Switzerland, Lady Galway works with students of all levels, offering tips and advice on flute playing, performing, and career management. Through these, and the numerous other classes they hold worldwide throughout the year, they are able to have a hands-on mentoring to the students they meet throughout their work.
In addition to her highly successful career as a soloist, Lady Galway is also an accomplished chamber musician, touring regularly with various chamber ensembles including her trio Zephyr (pianist Jonathan Feldman and cellist Darrett Adkins). Alongside their concert performances, they look forward to sharing their expertise as a group with the chamber musicians of tomorrow. The group’s first recording Zephyr – Winds of Romance, includes works by Haydn, Martinu, and Weber.
Her versatile concert engagements include performances in the presence of The Empress of Japan, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Queen of Norway, The Queen of Spain, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Shimon Peres, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Lady Galway serves as a patron to the charity Future Talent headed by the Duchess of Kent and Ambassador of The European Brain Council. Her versatile concert engagements are often for fundraising events for UNICEF, SOS, FARA, and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
She has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA Victor, BMG Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon. Irish America magazine awarded Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway the “2008 Spirit of Ireland” award in recognition for their roles as musical ambassadors. A native of New York and graduate of the New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Galway lives with her husband, Sir James Galway, in Switzerland. She is currently performing on a new 18-carat, James Galway edition gold Nagahara flute.