As an accomplished soloist, professor, recording artist, clinician, orchestra and chamber musician, flute virtuoso Jeffrey Khaner embraces all aspects of his multifaceted career.
In his role as a teacher, he takes obvious pleasure in mentoring his students at the Juilliard School and at the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as many global summer festivals and seminars including the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, The New World Symphony, the Pacific Music Festival and the Hamamatsu Festival in Japan. He has shared the stage with just about every prestigious symphony in the world and as a classical recording artist his elegant musicianship can be heard in more than 10 solo and countless orchestral recordings. Khaner's association with Yamaha as an artist and clinician has afforded him the opportunity to conduct clinics and master classes throughout North, South and Central America, Europe and Asia. As a highly regarded chamber music collaborator, he co-founded the esteemed Syrinx Trio (with Roberto Diaz, viola and Elizabeth Hainen, harp), which made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 and continues to present chamber recitals all over the country. But of all his roles, his main source of pride is his success as Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a position he's held since 1990.
For years before coming to the Philadelphia, Khaner was the Principal Flute of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the New York Mostly Mozart Festival and The Pittsburgh Symphony. His introduction to the instrument came in his home city of Montreal, Canada at a school band camp. "When I was asked which instrument I would enjoy playing, it never occurred to me to play anything other than a flute," says Khaner. "Since the first day I picked it up, I've never looked back."
He went on to study at The Juilliard School with one of classical music's most respected flutists, Julius Baker. In 2004, Khaner became a member of the Juilliard faculty as Flute Professor, holding the position formerly held by his mentor. Given all his achievements, Khaner continues to take particular pride in teaching. He began mentoring and teaching while he was still a student. "One of my first students was my former band teacher," explains Khaner. He is serious, however, when it comes to advising his students. "Each student is their own best teacher," he says. "They not only have to listen to themselves but they have to be critical, just as a teacher would be."
As a soloist, Khaner has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Asia collaborating with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Most, David Zinman and many others. He also champions contemporary composers by regularly incorporating their music into his recital programs. In turn, many of today's most celebrated composers have written expressly for him, including Ned Rorem who wrote his celebrated Flute Concert concerto specifically for Khaner in 2003.
As a Yamaha artist for more than 20 years, Khaner continues to bring his expertise and talent to clinics and master classes all over the world. He assisted in the design of the personally customized Yamaha YFL-874 flute with the Khaner-scale, which he currently plays. "I am very pleased with the Yamaha flute, especially with the K-head joint, which I developed," says Khaner. "I am extremely happy with the way Yamaha has supported my career and the careers of other young players throughout the world. Yamaha has a strong interest in not just selling the flutes but supporting the careers of its artists and customers."
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