I spent a most pleasurable 90 minutes last night in the small recital hall at Codarts Rotterdam listening to seven young flute players in the class of Juliette Hurel, Julie Moulin and Wim Steinmann all playing piccolo solos. The small audience of flute players, friends and partners of flute players and family of flute players witnessed a remarkable show. In turn, André Portela, Constance Sannier, Federico Dalprá, Bénédicte Zeitoun, Maxime Naël, Violeta Gil García and Wendy Vo Cong Tri with accompanists Annette Rogers, piano and Constance sannier, harpsichord, performed their solos by Bach, Telemann, Dorff, Rachmaninov, John Cox and Kohler with poised musicianship, most from memory and well-founded techniques. The piccolo sang and dazzled in equal proportion and the time flew by.
The teaching of Rotterdam Philharmonic piccolo player, Wim Steinmann, is surely to commended here but I also thought that to have a flute class that nurtures the related instrument in such a way is rare. Juliette Hurel and Julie Moulin were both there to support this event. This is a class to be proud of!
Wim Steinmann, flautist, piccolo player and conductor