Concerto in B Minor, Op. 17, for flute & orchestra "gave soloist John Wion every opportunity to display brilliant technique and a stream of tone of unbroken purity - a magnificent exposition of flute playing in excelsis" (Brisbane Courier Mail)
Quintet in G Major for flute & strings "is a refreshing work which amply displays the composer's masterful handling of this medium ...the first two movements are reminiscent of Haydn and Mozart - with the rich opening string writing of the Andante and the bouncing rhythmic drive of the Rondo, Romberg's music blossoms forth" (Newport Daily News)
"music of high quality. These performances are excellent." Robert Bigio, Pan.
John Wion was Principal Flutist of the New York City Opera from 1965 to 2002, and drew on this experience to publish a nine volume series of opera excerpt books to help flutists prepare for auditions and performances.
He appeared as a soloist in New York's major concert halls and at prestigious summer festivals in the United States. He made recital tours with pianist, Gilbert Kalish, and guitarist, Lisa Hurlong, and guest appearances with the Tokyo, Emerson, and Manhattan String Quartets.
He recorded a variety of solo and chamber music repertoire for Lyrichord, Turnabout, Opus1, Musical Heritage, and three CDs on the Hartt Music Productions label. He taught at The Hartt School from 1977, retiring as Professor of Flute in 2007.
In his many visits to Australia and New Zealand he appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in addition to performing recitals. He was an artist in residence, teaching and performing, in Australia, Italy, Mexico, England, Finland, Peru, and Canada.
His editions and publications have been winners in the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition and are available from Falls House Press. He was president of the NFA in 1985 and was honored by that organization with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
His memoirs "Wood, Silver and Gold" have recently been published by Lulu Press (lulu.com).
Born January 22, 1937, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raised in Melbourne, Australia. Educated Melbourne Grammar School and University of Melbourne, resident of Trinity College. Flute studies with Dorothy Jelbart and Leslie Barklamb.
Went to NY November 1958 - studied with Julius Baker, Claude Monteux, William Kincaid, Marcel Moyse.
Early performing activities with New York Philharmonic, Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Lerner & Loewe's Camelot on Broadway. Founding member, Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra, 1962. Founding member Lark Quintet, 1964.
Former faculty, Kean, Mannes, Queens, Brooklyn Colleges.
Married, February 10, 1960 to Victoria Simon, former solist NYCB, currently Ballet Mistress to the George Balanchine Trust, staging that choreographer's works around the world.