May 13, 2014
Praised for her beautiful sound, natural stage presence, and energy, flutist Mira Magrill is an active musician, teacher, and soloist in the New York City area. Former teacher and Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic Jeanne Baxtresser describes her as “a remarkable flutist and student in every area: talent, motivation, discipline, creativity, comfort in performance, and character.” Winner of the Music Teachers’ National Association Senior Woodwind Competition, she also received a Merit Award from the Arts Recognition and Talent Search, and was named Outstanding Soloist by the Oklahoma Flute Society. As Principal Flute in the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, Mira was the featured soloist in the premiere of John Williams’ “War Horse” orchestral suite, conducted by Mr. Williams. She has also been invited to perform with many summer festival ensembles, including the Brevard Festival Orchestra, Round Top Festival Orchestra, Thy Chamber Festival (Denmark), and the Atlantic Music Festival. Last year, she was invited to perform as co-principal flute of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in their 2013 Summer Season.
Mira grew up in Edmond, OK and began her musical studies on the piano at age 5, switching to flute by age 10. With a great passion for chamber music and community outreach, she has performed with various small ensembles in numerous concerts throughout Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Denmark, Chile, Costa Rica, and New York City. Also an avid performer of new music, she loves collaborating with composers to perform their works. As principal flutist of the International Opera Theater Orchestra, she premiered the new opera Iago by Carlo Pedini in summer 2009 in Citta della Pieve, Italy. She has premiered many new works by her father Sam Magrill including Odyssey Etude, Bagatelle, and Tango Flauto. She has also performed in a variety of new music ensembles, including the LA based wild Up, collaborations with The Industry, and “Friday Night Live,” a contemporary Ladino/Mediterranean fusion band of flute, bass, guitar, and percussion.
Mira is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Flute Performance (DMA) with Carol Wincenc at Stony Brook University in New York. Previous studies include a graduate certificate at University of Southern California, a BFA in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University and an MM in Flute Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan. Previous teachers include Jim Walker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Amy Porter, Amy Zuback and Christina Jennings.