piccoloFlutist Emilia Salazar shares her love of music and the flute as a freelance performer and avid chamber musician based in Greater Boston. She has performed throughout New England on both traverso or baroque flute and modern flute with Background Baroque and Iris Winds, two ensembles she co-founded, and has collaborated with Artemis Chamber Society.

An advocate of the study and performance of early music, Emilia appeared as a soloist with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra in 2013. Originally enticed by the baroque flute as a way of better understanding Baroque flute repertoire, Emilia discovered the delight of playing Baroque music on historic instruments and continues to delve into the auditory colors and stylistic nuances in this period. She enjoys the flexibility of performing on both modern and baroque flute.

Emilia is an enthusiastic educator and applies her study of historical performance styles and Baroque flute technique to both her modern flute playing and teaching. Seldom happier than when sharing information about flute playing or music, she has over ten years of experience teaching private lessons. In addition to working with students one-on-one, Emilia has lead group flute classes and coached chamber music ensembles comprised of wind players, string players, and vocalists.

Emilia has presented solo flute recitals at the Baird Music Hall at Morehead State University, the Dendrinos Recital Hall at Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Wolfinsohn Recital Hall and Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and (long ago, in a galaxy far, far away) during high school she was featured on the NPR show From the Top.

Emilia is full of gratitude for her wonderful teachers throughout the years who shaped the way she hears and thinks about music, and helped hone her flute technique. She studied with Nancy Stagnitta while attending Interlochen Arts Academy. Emilia then went on to study with Ms. Stagnitta’s former instructor, Robert Willoughby, and Vanessa Mulvey while completing a Diploma in Flute Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Mr. Willoughby’s instruction proved so compelling that Emilia returned to continue her studies with Mr. Willoughby and to complete a Master of Music Degree with an emphasis in Historical Performance as a simultaneous student of baroque flutist Nama Lion.