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One of Canada’s best-known flutists, Joanna G’froerer enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Joanna G’froerer has been the principal flute of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1992; she won the audition for that position when she was twenty years old.
A native of Vancouver, Ms. G’froerer comes from a family of professional musicians. She studied flute in Vancouver with Kathleen Rudolph of the CBC Radio Orchestra, and became the first wind player to graduate from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Her education included two summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, where she served as principal flute in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and two summers with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 1990, Joanna moved to Montreal to study at McGill University with Timothy Hutchins, principal flute of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She earned a Licentiate in Music from McGill in 1993.
Ms. G’froerer performs regularly as a soloist with the NAC Orchestra, having appeared in a solo role in twenty-six different programs since joining the ensemble. Joanna also works regularly with Ottawa’s “Thirteen Strings”, having been featured as their soloist on eight separate occasions and on their 1995 recording, Forgotten Dreams. She has performed as flute soloist with the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Peterborough Symphony, as well as with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra after winning the wind division of the MSO Competition in 1990.
Joanna G’froerer was featured at the 1994 Vancouver Chamber Music Festival and at the 2003 Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and has been a regular participant in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival since the mid-1990s. She has been a guest artist with the Tokyo and Penderecki String Quartets, and is a member of the NAC Wind Quintet, which features the five principal winds of the NAC Orchestra.
Joanna G’froerer is featured on a CBC Records disc of Mozart Flute Quartets with violinist Martin Beaver, Pinchas Zukerman on viola, and cellist Amanda Forsyth. Opus Magazine named the CD the best Canadian chamber music recording of 2001. In June 2002 she was invited to Spain to record an all-Rodrigo disc with Maestro Maximiano Valdes and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias for the Naxos label. The resulting disc, released in January of 2004, has been given consistently good reviews, including a five-star rating by Rick Phillips on his CBC program, Sound Advice. Joanna’s latest recording project is an all-Saint-Saëns chamber music disc, recently recorded for the Naxos label with her colleagues in the NAC Wind Quintet and pianist Stéphane Lemelin.
As a teacher, Joanna has been on the faculties of the Scotia Festival of Music and McGill University, and currently teaches at the University of Ottawa and is a member of the faculty of the NAC Summer Music Institute. She has presented masterclasses at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the Glenn Gould School, the University of Calgary, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of Manitoba, the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University (Chicago), Dalhousie University, Memorial University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Montreal. In July of 2007, at the invitation of maestro Roberto Minczuk, Joanna spent two weeks in Brazil, teaching and performing as a resident artist at the prestigious Campos do Jordao International Festival.
Joanna G’froerer has been described as “...one of those people whose mastery of their instrument is so thorough that they can exercise the luxury of finding a special beauty in every note” (Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen).
Visit the NAC Orchestra and Friends - Woodwind Interviews page to watch and listen to Joanna discuss and demonstrate the flute.