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Lorna McGhee


Hailed as an “outstanding artist” (Der Standard, Austria), Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee is equally at home in a solo, chamber or orchestral setting. She has performed concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the U.K.; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada; Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.; Kyushu Symphony in Japan; and Evergreen Symphony in Taipei. Career highlights include a performance of Penderecki's Flute Concerto under the baton of the composer, Bach’s B-minor suite with both Yannick Nézet-Seguin and Nicholas McGegan, the Ibert concerto with Juanjo Mena, the Nielsen concerto with Yan Pascal Tortelier, and most recently the Mozart G-major concerto with Manfred Honeck. Upcoming highlights include performances of the Saariaho Flute Concerto entitled Aile du Songe with both the Pittsburgh Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.

As a chamber musician and recitalist, McGhee has performed in Europe, North America, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia, and in venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Louvre in Paris, the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus and the Library of Congress in Washington., D.C. She has appeared at festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Cleveland Chamberfest and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Her performances have been broadcast on NPR, CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio 3, Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos, and Meridian. Her recording for Naxos of Bax’ Chamber Music with the group ‘mobius’ was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and received a 5-star rating from BBC Music Magazine. With Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, McGhee has released two CDs on Skylark Music: "Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp" and "Canada, New Works for flute and harp." As a member of Trio Verlaine (with her husband, violist David Harding and harpist, Heidi Krutzen) shee has recorded two CDs: “Fin de Siècle,” the music by Debussy and Ravel, and “Six Departures,” featuring works by Bax and Jolivet as well as new commissions by Schafer and Cotton. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed eight new commissions to date. McGhee's first recital disc, “The Hour of Dreaming” with pianist Piers Lane, was released on the ‘Beep’ label in 2014. A new recital CD, “Songs without Words” with pianist Naoko Ishibashi, was released on the ‘Live Notes’ label in the summer of 2021.

Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post), McGhee has performed as guest principal with many of the world’s leading orchestras including Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Blomstedt, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti and Honeck. Before immigrating to North America, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. She was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Manfred Honeck in 2012.

Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, McGhee is now an Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University and has given master classes at universities, conservatoires around the world, including Julliard School and the Royal Academy of Music. She has been a featured guest artist at international flute conventions in Austria, Japan, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., and teaches at summer schools such as Orford Music, the William Bennett International Summer School, Galway Flute Festival and Pender Island Flute Retreat. Lorna is an honorary “Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music” and an Altus Flutes Artist. “Some of the finest flute playing you could ever hope to hear.” (British Flute Society, Pan Magazine). Visit her website for more information.