Mimi Stillman is an American concert flutist. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Hilton Head Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez (Mexico City), Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Texas Brazos Valley Symphony, Orchestra 2001, Ocean City Pops, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Curtis Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Bard College, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Bay Chamber Concerts (ME), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and Festival delle Nazioni (Italy).
Stillman was born in Boston. At 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner and received her Bachelor of Music degree in 1999. That same year she became the youngest wind player to win the Young Concert Artists. She has been awarded fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, and was a member of Astral Artists. In March 2012, she was honored with the Women in the Arts award from Women for Greater Philadelphia.
She founded the Dolce Suono Ensemble in Philadelphia in 2005, and serves as its Executive and Artistic director. The ensemble's commissioning program has led to the creation of 23 new works in seven years from composers including Richard Danielpour, Steven Mackey, Shulamit Ran, and Steven Stucky. Its guest composers have included George Crumb and Ned Rorem. Among the ensemble's projects was Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60, a two-year cycle of concerts featuring those two closely linked two composers alongside newly commissioned works related to them, with performances in Philadelphia and New York. The ensemble has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations.[which?] The ensemble made its New York City debut at Symphony Space in February 2012.
Stillman is also a founding member of the Dolce Suono Trio, with her longtime duo pianist Charles Abramovic and cellist Yumi Kendall.
On the CD MIMI, Ms. Stillman recorded her arrangements of Debussy's songs, Nuits d'Étoiles: 8 Early Songs (Theodore Presser Company). She has also recorded for the EMI, Albany, and Dolce Suono labels. Her Double CD release Odyssey on Innova features recordings of eleven American flute works. Stillman has been a guest on NPR’s "Performance Today," WGBH Boston, WRTI Radio, and WHYY-TV Philadelphia’s "On Canvas" show, and is host and performer on the Musical Encounters TV show and video "The Magic Flute." She recorded the soundtrack for Kevin Bacon's film "Loverboy."
Stillman has taught masterclasses and performed recitals for the National Flute Association, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Princeton University, Cornell University, Flute Society of Washington, D.C., Texas Flute Society, University of California, Music for All Festival, San Diego Flute Guild, and other universities and flute societies throughout the United States. She received an MA in history and was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. A published author on music, history and international relations, she is also a columnist for Flutewise Magazine (UK).
On August 22, 2012, the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth, she embarked on "Syrinx Odyssey," an ambitious project to film herself playing his solo flute work Syrinx every day for a year, filmed in 365 different locations, with each new video performance posted on line every day.
In 2013, she joined the faculty of Settlement Music School as the first-ever Distinguished Faculty Chair, chamber music coach, and lead faculty member of the school's Shirley Curtiss Center for Woodwind Studies.
Orchestrally, she has performed as substitute flutist in The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, André Previn, Kurt Masur, David Zinman, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, and Robert Spano.
Claude Debussy, Nuits d'étoiles: Eight Early Songs, arr. Mimi Stillman for flute and piano (King of Prussia, PA: Theodore Presser).
Daniel Pipes and Mimi Stillman, They Had a Name for It, Jerusalem Post (5 July 2000).
Daniel Pipes and Mimi Stillman, The United States Government: Patron of Islam? Middle East Review of International Affairs 6, no. 2 (March 2002): 49-59. Reprinted in Daniel Pipes, Miltant Islam Reaches America (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003).
Mimi Stillman, Debussy, Painter of Sound and Image, Flute Quarterly (Fall 2007): 41-46.
Mimi Stillman, The Music of Dante's Purgatorio, Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies 1, no. 1 (2005): 13-21.
Mimi Stillman, Philadelphia's Changing Opera Landscape, http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/philadelphias-changing-opera-landscape/, NewMusicBox, 11 June 2012.
Jeremy Gill, Chamber Music, Albany Records TROY1067.
Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano (2-CD set), Mimi Stillman, flute, Charles Abramovic, piano, Innova Records 814 (2011).
Notes: Music from Four Continents, Mimi Stillman, flute, Allen Krantz, guitar. Direct-to-Tape DTR2021 (2012).
- Mimi Stillman website: www.mimistillman.org
- Dolce Suono Ensemble website: www.dolcesuono.com
- David Patrick Stearns, "A yearlong Debussy tribute: Same flute solo every day," Philadelphia Inquirer (4 Sept 2012).
- Settlement Music School website: http://www.smsmusic.org/woodwinds/
- "Settlement Music School Faculty". Retrieved 20 September 2013.