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Göran Marcusson, burst onto the American flute scene in 1987, when he won First Prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. In 1992, he earned his soloist diploma from the Music Conservatory of Gothenburg. That same year, he won a prize at the Vienna Music Competition. Sir James Galway awarded Göran a handmade flute of Waterford Crystal for his outstanding performance in the Galway Masterclass, which was followed by a duo performance on television.
Göran’s debut CD, The Swedish Romantic Flute, received rave reviews and has been followed by six more albums: The Nordic Flute; American Sonatas; Prokofieff, Martinu and others; Reflective Flute; Inspiration by Bach; and Melodies of a Silver Flute. He can also be heard on YouTube and Spotify.
Göran has been guest principal flute with the London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Cadaques, and Gothenburg Opera Orchestra. Currently he is Principal Flute with the Gothenburg Wind Orchestra and also maintains a busy international schedule as a soloist, performing in the USA, South America, Asia, and throughout Europe. For the past 17 years he has joined the family of artists at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island.
Known for his inspirational and sympathetic teaching, Göran offers highly effective masterclasses. He and his wife, Gitte, host the largest flute masterclass in Sweden every October, called “The Nordic Flute.” Each June, he teaches at the Wildacres Flute Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Göran is a Miyazawa Artist and plays on a unique flute especially made for him called “Western Orchid.”
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“It’s just disgusting that anyone can play the flute that well,”
whispered my girlfriend between pieces as we attended a National Flute Association Convention concert, listening to Swedish flutist Göran Marcusson. We were mesmerized by his dazzling technique and gloriously singing tone; astounded by his impossibly soft pianissimos and the complete relaxation of his body. At a rest in the music, he hitched up his pants as casually as if he were in his own back yard. He made brilliant flute playing look as easy as tossing a ball. Definitely disgusting.
1. Having a later start to your musical career than most, how did you find your way into music and flute performance?
I was a “flute owner” at age 9 and only practiced for an hour the day before my lessons… I played mostly because everybody at home played an instrument. Originally, I wanted to become a pilot in the Swedish Air Force like my uncle. But I had back surgery when I was 14 and that put an end to my dreams of becoming a pilot. Also, my uncle had a bad crash in a jetfighter, a SAAB J35, at that time. So, we were both in the hospital and communicated almost every day. To become a pilot was not an option anymore even though I never lost my fascination for aviation.
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