A flute and keyboard ensemble delving into musical gems from a 500-year span, with period and world instruments and new interpretations of classics.
- Andrea Nolin, flutes
- Colleen Katsuki, piano & percussion
Chamber music has always been Andrea Mason Nolin's first love. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, studying flute with James Pappoutsakis, she continued her studies with John Heiss and Robert Dick in contemporary music and extended techniques, and in baroque flute with Carol Epple and John Solum.
She was a founding member of the Brookline Wind Quintet (later renamed New Art Winds). They were Grand Prize Winners of the Shoreline Alliance Competition, garnering a Carnegie Hall debut in 1985.
She was principal flute in the Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra for 10 years, then began TAKT, a flute and harpsichord duo with an uncommon merging of old and new music, baroque and modern flutes.
For decades, she has performed hundreds of weddings, funerals and special occasions with Copley Chamber Players and numerous other chamber ensembles. And what began as a memorial concert in January 2001, has flourished with annual concerts now well into their second decade. She founded The Record Players in the fall of 2000 soon after the untimely death of Judy Record, her friend, conservationist and neighbor. This chamber group continues to perform for the purpose of promoting land conservation and The Judith K. Memorial Conservation Fund.
Colleen Katsuki received her Bachelor of Music in piano and Master of music in piano from Boston University where she studied piano with Bela Nagy, Maria Clodes, and Anthony di Bonaventura and vocal accompanying with Alan Rogers. Keenly interested in chamber music, she later had the wonderful opportunity to study chamber music with Dusi Mura, the late great, Hungarian coach whose teachers were Joseph Gat and Bela Bartok.
She is an active performer in the Boston music scene, recording audition tapes, accompanying live performances and is a rehearsal pianist on call for the Boston Lyric Opera. Among many venues she's performed are Babson College, the Newton Free Library, the Weston Library, the Community Music Center of Boston, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Dartmouth College, and the Frederick Historic piano collection with performer's such as violinists Frank Graves and Lucy Chapman, Wagnerian soprano Joanna Porackova, pianist Jennifer Elowsky-Fox, Cellist Steve Laven and Flautist Andrea Nolin. She and Frank Graves released a CD of violin and piano music, Works by Brahms, Bridge, Mozart and Faure in 2010.
In demand as a pedagogue, she maintains a private teaching studio and has given master classes at the Oakland School for the Arts, Wesleyan College, and New England Conservatory.