Richmond Flute Fest

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond Flute Fest 2017
featuring guest artist Tadeu Coehlo

The 2017 Richmond Flute Fest will feature Brazilian-born artist/flutist Tadeu Coelho, professor of flute at the University North Carolina School of the Arts.  In 2013-14 he received both the UNCSA and the North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Coelho has taught at the University of Iowa and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Coelho frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and master clinician throughout the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist of the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany, and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy, among others, including guest appearances with the Boston Symphony in the summer of 1996.

Tadeu Coelho is an avid proponent of new music. He has commissioned, performed and recorded works by Steven Block, João Dias Carrasqueira, Margaret Cornils, Lawrence Dillon, Mark Engebretson, Lawrence Fritts, Eduardo Gamboa, David McHugh, Joaquin Gutierrez-Heras, Richard Hermann, Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Amaral Vieira, and Michael Weinstein among others.  Coelho and his wife Carole Ott have embarked on a new project for flute and voice.  Composers such as Vaughn Williams, Rodrigo, McMillan, Corigliano, and the millennial Nick Rich are featured. This project also includes free improvisation, in which the couple specializes.

Mr. Coelho can be heard in several solo recordings.  Most recently, he released his CD with Quarteto Vivace Brasil Live From New Orleans. His solo CDs include Azules – Enchanting Music for the Soul for Flute and Harp with Karen Thielen; Nocturnes with Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi; Modernly Classic; 18th Century Flute Sonatas, both with UNCSA colleague Eric Larsen; Flute Music from Brazil; ¡Rompe! – Mexican Chamber Music for Flute, and Life-Drawing – Works for Solo Flute.  He can also be heard performing works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics and Villa-Lobos on Albany Records with his brother, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho. Tadeu Coelho has published the complete works of Pattápio Silva and other pieces for solo flute as well as collections of daily exercises with accompanying CDs.  Coelho has recently published his transcription of Paganini’s Caprice no. 24 for solo flute aiming to bring the flute part closer to the original violin score. His transcription for solo flute of Bach’s Chaconne is forthcoming. Dr. Coelho’s CDs and other published works are available at CD Baby and Flute World.

Tadeu Coelho is a Miyazawa artist. For more information on Dr. Coelho, please visit his official web site at http://www.tadeucoelho.com.


Richmond Flute Fest 2017 registration information will be posted here when it is available – check back for updates!

Competition Information

Competition Divisions:
8th-12th grade
Collegiate, undergraduate or graduate level
Adult Amateur (Does not make living as a flutist)

Winners will be selected to perform in master class with the guest artist, and the winner of the adult amateur competition will be eligible to perform on a recital the day of the festival.

All Divisions will be live competition rounds taking place the morning of the festival. You will be notified of your competition time prior to the festival via email.

Any piece of your choosing, with a ten- minute time limit. (If your piece is longer, the judges may stop you).
An accompanist must be used if the work is accompanied.
If you do not have a pianist you work with already, you may contact:

David Kim: allforgod84@gmail.com
Jim Dorn: jdorn@chesterpres.org or call 804-306-6762
Daniel Stipe: daniel.stipe@gmail.com
Michelle Huang: mingshiow@gmail.com

For questions please contact tapeters@vcu.edu

Suggested Hotels and Parking

  • Crowne Plaza
    555 E. Canal Street
    Richmond 23219
  • Doubletree Hotel
    301 W. Franklin Street
    Richmond VA 23220
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    501 E Broad Street
    Richmond VA 23219
  • Holiday Inn Express
    201 East Cary Street
    Richmond, VA 23219


Limited on street parking is available on the streets surrounding the W.E. Singleton Center. See the Monroe Park Campus Parking Map for details.

For questions about Richmond Flute Fest, contact Tabatha Easley at tapeters@vcu.edu.

This event is sponsored by Verne Q. Powell Flutes Inc.

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