Praised for his “full tone, exacting articulation and interpretive intelligence” (New York Classical Review) and for his “expertise with pacing and technique” (MusicalAmerica), Giorgio Consolati was the first undergraduate flutist in its’s 210-year history to graduate with top honors from Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. A native of Milan, Giorgio studied with several of Italy’s premier flutists including Paola Fre, Nicola Mazzanti and Chiara Tonelli. He is now completing his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Carol Wincenc, where he is the first recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship ever awarded to a flutist.
As a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, Giorgio has served as principal flute in major concert halls in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater under the batons of Alan Gilbert, Gianandrea Noseda, Peter Oundjian, Speranza Scappucci, Gerard Schwarz and David Zinman. A particular highlight was his performance of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune under the baton of David Robertson at David Geffen Hall. Giorgio has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, where he was also heard as a soloist in the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto. As a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Giorgio will be performing in April 2018 Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto in David Geffen Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert.
An avid chamber musician, Giorgio performed with various ensembles in Juilliard’s Morse and Paul Hall, as well as during ChamberFest, where he recently played Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. He has also participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and and was recently invited to perform at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival for summer 2018. Giorgio is also passionate about contemporary music and regularly performs with Juilliard’s contemporary ensemble AXIOM, led by Jeffrey Milarsky. Recent highlights include premieres at Juilliard’s Focus!Festival and a solo performance of Berio’s Sequenza I in Alice Tully Hall, where the critic commented: “Consolati played with an agile mind, expressing his ideas about the music through the shape of his phrases and the way he vigorously drove through each line” (New York Classical Review). Giorgio has also performed in duo with piano and ensemble at the distinguished contemporary festival Milano Musica, where his performances were broadcasted by the premiere Italian classical radio station, Rai Radio 3.
Giorgio has participated in masterclasses of renowned flutists such as Maxence Larrieu and Patrick Gallois and was a scholarship participant the International Masterclasses of Sir James Galway and Marina Piccinini, where he was also given a special prize in recognition as “the most improved participant”. Giorgio is a laureate of many competitions, including the Emanuele Krakamp, Leonardo De Lorenzo, the Golden Classical Music Awards and the New York Flute Club. When not blazing through the flute repertoire, Giorgio enjoys going to art exhibitions, travelling and trying new cuisines.