Lady Jeanne Galway
An accomplished flutist, LADY JEANNE GALWAY continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway brings to the audience her unique style and elegance.
Her touring schedule regularly takes her to many of the major cities in the U.S. to perform as soloist with orchestras such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Denver and the National Symphony. Internationally, she has appeared in the cultural capitals of the world including London, New York, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Dublin, Belfast, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore.
Appearing regularly as the premiere flute duo partner with her husband Sir James Galway, the two delight audiences and bring a rare freshness to the platform, unique in the music world.
The 2013/14 season sees Lady Galway joining her husband in performances right around the globe opening the season in Dublin, Ireland. Following on she will premier a new work with her husband ‘Carolan Variations, written by Philip Hammond, in a 14-city tour of the US with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Faletta. The US tour concludes with a December Concert in Carnegie Hall in aid of Musical Education, to coincide with the James Galway online Flute teaching series.
Sir James & Lady Galway will be seeing the run up to Christmas in with a series of Baroque concerts throughout the UK; ‘Sir James in the Abbey’s’ with The Orchestra of St. John’s, conducted by John Lubbock.
They will usher in the New Year performing with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Luzern & Zurich, Switzerland, before heading off to South Africa with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra for a long-awaited tour.
Spring will see Lady Galway performing back in the US, as well as tours in Israel, Italy, Turkey, Holland, UK & Switzerland before returning again to the US for the Summer Festival season.
Launching December 2013, is the ground-breaking ‘FIRST FLUTE’. Sir James’ online interactive series of lessons is geared for beginning flute students of all ages. The first fifteen lessons entitled “Foundations” are an interactive series of lessons, masterclasses, tips and live concerts direct on the internet for access for flute students and flute lovers of all ages, which Sir James & Lady Galway have created together.
Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation. During the 10 day ‘Galway Flute Festival’ held each summer with her husband in Switzerland Lady Galway works with students of all levels offering tips and advice on flute playing, performing and career management. Through these, and the numerous other classes they hold worldwide throughout the year, they are able to have a hands on mentoring to the students they meet throughout their work.
In addition to her highly successful career as a soloist, Lady Galway is also an accomplished chamber musician, touring regularly with her trio Zephyr (pianist Jonathan Feldman and cellist Darrett Adkins). Alongside their concert performances, they look forward to sharing their expertise as a group with the chamber musicians of tomorrow. The group’s first recording Zephyr – Winds of Romance, includes works by Haydn, Martinu and Weber.
Her versatile concert engagements include performances in the presence of The Empress of Japan, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Queen of Norway, The Queen of Spain, President Shimon Peres, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins & Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Lady Galway serves as a patron to the charity Future Talent headed by the Duchess of Kent. Her versatile concert engagements are often for fundraising events for UNICEF, SOS, FARA and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
She has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA Victor, BMG Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. Irish America Magazine awarded Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway the “2008 Spirit of Ireland” award in recognition for their roles as musical ambassadors.
A native of New York and graduate of the New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Galway lives with her husband, Sir James Galway in Switzerland. She is currently performing on a new 18 carat, James Galway edition’ gold Nagahara flute.