Praised for his “lustrous tone”, his “expertise with pacing and technique” (MusicalAmerica) and his “full tone, exacting articulation and interpretive intelligence” (New York Classical Review), Giorgio Consolati is the first flutist in the Milan Conservatory of Music’s 211-year history to graduate with top honors. 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 Master 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. Giorgio has also participated in masterclasses given by renowned flutists such as Maxence Larrieu and Patrick Gallois and was a scholarship participant the International Masterclasses of Sir James Galway and Marina Piccinini.
As the winner of the 2018 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Giorgio performed Pulitzer Prize Winner Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto in David Geffen Hall with Maestro Alan Gilbert. Giorgio was also heard as a soloist in the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with the National Repertory Orchestra conducted by Carl Topilow. In addition to his solo appearances, Giorgio is a laureate of many competitions, including the Emanuele Krakamp, Leonardo De Lorenzo, the Alexander & Buono and the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition 2018. He is also a multiple time grant awardee from the Friends of Flutes Foundation.
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 in David Geffen Hall.
Giorgio is also passionate about contemporary music and regularly performs with the AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble. Recent highlights include premieres at Juilliard’s Focus!Festival and a solo performance of Berio’s Sequenza I in Alice Tully Hall, where the critics 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.
An avid chamber musician, Giorgio performed with various ensembles in Lincoln Center’s Morse and Paul Hall, as well as during ChamberFest, where his group recently played Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, coached by Sylvia Rosenberg and Lucy Shelton. He has also participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and was recently invited to perform at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival for summer 2018. When not blazing through the flute repertoire, Giorgio enjoys going to art exhibitions, travelling and trying new cuisines!