Hungarian flutist Andrea Abel is a current senior at the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s double degree program, studying with Tara Helen O’Connor as the recipient of the Laszlo Z. Bito Scholarship. Prior to her studies in the United States, she studied at the Leo Weiner Conservatory of Music in Budapest and performed as a soloist with the Budapest String Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also given numerous concerts at the national classical music station, Bartók Radio, and she won distinguished first prize on the X. National Chamber Music Competition with her Budapest-based trio in 2018. During her studies at Bard, she has worked with renowned musicians such as Joan Tower, Tara Helen O’Connor, Patricia Spencer, and David Krakauer, and has premiered and recorded over ten works by Bard composers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms. Abel has appeared in many concerts at Bard, including the annual Kurtag Festival, the Music Alive! concert series, performances with the Da Capo Chamber Players, and at the 2022 Bard Music Festival with The Orchestra Now. In 2019, she toured as the principal flute player with the Bard Philharmonic Orchestra to Hainan, China with Academy Award-winning composer and conductor Tan Dun, and also filled the principal chair for the Bard Conservatory Orchestra’s performances, including Strauss’ Salome and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. She was invited to participate in the Boston University at Tanglewood Institute’s summer program under the directorship of Valerie Coleman, as well as the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Mannes School of Music in the summer of 2022.
Ms. Abel is currently pursuing her second degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, through which she hopes to create a bridge between different art disciplines and incorporate them in her works for stage as a writer, composer, and performer. After graduating from Bard, she would like to follow her passion to bring new music to life and inspire new generations of young composers to expand the repertoire for the flute.
Andrea Abel will perform with The Orchestra Now on September 10 & 11, 2022.
Bio: August 2022