Izumi Miyahara is a classical flutist based in Houston, TX with over ten years of professional experience. She is available to perform for all occasions, including wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, private parties, coorporate events and church services. She is able to contract other musicians (guitarist, pianist, harpist) as necessary.
Flutist Izumi Miyahara brings passion and energy to all of her performances. Equally at home with chamber music and orchestral repertoire, she has also been a winner of several solo competitions. She has performed with the Houston, San Antonio and New World Symphonies, the Houston Ballet and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Paavo Jarvi, among others. Internationally, Izumi has performed in Alcala de Heneres and Madrid, Spain, as well as in Lucca, Italy.
As the winner of the 2007 Albuquerque Flute Association Frank Bowen Competition, Izumi performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Santa Fe Symphony in December 2007. Her 2009 solo recital in Houston was broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio's Performance Today program. Her orchestral performances have been broadcast on KUHF and KTRU in Houston, and WQXR in New York City. She has performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their Concert:Nova chamber music series. Izumi was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Piccolo Artist Competition sponsored by the National Flute Association, first place winner of the 2005 Central Ohio Flute Association Competition in Columbus, OH, the recipient of the 2004 Ira Gershwin Award in Orchestral Performance from the ASCAP Foundation in New York, and a top prize-winner in the Cincinnati Flute Symposium's flute competition in 2006 and 2008.. Her summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, MD, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. She has also performed extensively with Cincinnati's Music X and Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festivals from 2005 to 2008.
A native of New York City and a graduate of the Juilliard School Pre-College Program, Izumi completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and went on to receive a Master of Music from Rice University. In addition, she has participated in masterclasses with flutists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Jeanne Baxtresser, Elizabeth Rowe, Robert Langevin and William Bennett. Her principal teachers include Leone Buyse, Randy Bowman, Brad Garner and Jack Wellbaum.