Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute
Stefan Ragnar Hoskuldsson, a native of Iceland, is principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is quickly being recognized as one of the leading soloist in the country. Before winning the principal position in 2008, Stefan served as second flutist with the orchestra for four years.
Under the direction of James Levine, Mr. Hoskuldsson regularly performs at Carnegie Hall and Zankel Hall with the MET Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble. He has performed under the batons of Valerie Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Essa Pekka Salonen, Ricardo Muti and has collaborated with such artists as Alfred Brendel, Yifim Brofman, Gil Shiham and Diana Damrau. Stefan can be heard and seen on live HD broadcasts with the Metropolitan Opera. One of these recordings include the 2008 performance of Lucia di Lammermoor where he collaborated with Anna Netrebko in the famous flute and soprano cadenza from the mad scene.
In addition to his active schedule with the MET, Mr. Hoskuldsson performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, Europe, South America and Japan. In 2009, he was invited to be a special guest artist at the Sir James Galway International Flute master class in Lucerne, Switzerland where he performed a solo recital and had the honor of playing a duet with Sir James. Stefan returned there in the summer of 2010 to perform and give a workshop on the flute in operatic music.
In March 2011, as a part of a European tour Mr.Hoskuldsson gave a series of very successful masterclasses and recitals at the Guildhall School and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at the Conservatorio Real in Madrid. He is also a regular guest professor at Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Stefan is a faculty member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
As an active soloist Stefan performed the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He will return in August 2011 to perform Mozart Flute Concerto in D major in the newly inaugurated Symphony Hall “Harpa” in Reykjavik. Other Concerto engagements include a performance of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York in October 2011. Stefan will also perform the Nielsen flute concerto and the Bach b-minor Suite with the New York Repertory Orchestra in February 2012.
In demand as an orchestral soloist, Mr. Hoskuldsson was invited to play Guest Principal Flute with the Mostly Mozart Festival during the 2009 season as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the end of their 2010 -2011 season.
Stefan attended the Royal Northern College where he studied with Peter Lloyd and Wissam Boustany. While in Iceland he attended the Reykjavik College of Music studying with Bernhard Wilkinson. Stefan has recorded for the Naxos label-American Classics Series.