Commissions & Premieres

From the beginning of her career, Marina Piccinini has been deeply committed to music of the present, and to expanding the repertoire for her instrument. A champion of contemporary music, she has not only given first performances of works by some of today’s foremost composers, but has been instrumental in commissioning works for her instrument.
Additional commissions are in the works. 
Please be sure to check back to this page for future updates.
Interested music lovers who wish to become involved in the commissioning process may send an email to Nancy Wellman



Toshio Hosokawa

ARABESQUE for Flute, Viola and Harp (2018)

commissioned for Trio Tre Voci

Premieres include:

Boston Jordan Hall, April 15, 2018

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, April 16 , 2018

London Wigmore Hall, May 28, 2018

Siena Accademia Chigiana, August 7, 2018

Yuko Uebayashi

Sonata "FLORE" for Flute and Harp (2017)

written for Marina Piccinini and Anneleen Lenaerts

premiered at the Aspen Music Festival, Harris Hall

July 6, 2017

Aaron Jay Kernis
written for Marina Piccinini
World Premiere Concerto

February 11, 2017
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Royal Festival Hall
London, UK
look it up

April 15, 2017

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Friedbergl Hall
Baltimore, UK

look it up

Aaron Jay Kernis 
AIR for Flute and Orchestra
World Premiere Concert

February 18, 2017
Korean Chamber Orchestra
Patrick Gallois, conductor
Seoul Arts Center
Seoul, Korea
look it up

Christopher Theofanidis

One Thing at a Time

Six Etude-miniatures for solo flute (2017)

John Harbison

Mark the Date for Flute and piano (2016)

commissioned for Marina Piccinini and Andreas Haeflige




Concerto Commissions
and Premieres

Aaron Jay Kernis                        

Flute Concerto, Commissioned for Marina Piccinini by the Detroitl Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua Institute and the Peabody Institute, 2016

World Premiere January 2016, Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, Symphony Hall Detroit

(duration c 30')

Other performances with :

  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Ward Stare)
  • Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (JoAnn Falletta)

Matthew Hindson                        

House Music for flute and orchestra (Faber)
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini 
by the McMeenSmith Fund, 2006
WP London, Southbank Centre, London Philharmonic Orchestra , Roberto Minczuk, conductor
Duration c. 30’

Paquito D’Rivera           

Gran Danzón (The Bel-Air Concerto) for flute and orchestra  
(Boosey & Hawkes)
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini by the National Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic, 2002
WP Kennedy Center, National Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Duration 20’

Other performances with :

  • Rotterdam Philharmonic (Gianandrea Noseda)
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (HK Gruber)
  • Milwaukee Symphony (Peter Oundjian)
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Leonard Slatkin)
  • Richmond Symphony (Smith)
  • Puerto Rico Symphony (Valdez)
  • Peabody Symphony at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Michael Colgrass

Crossworlds for Flute, Piano and Orchestra (Carl Fisher)
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini and Andreas Haefliger by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 2002
WP Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony, Andreas Haefliger,piano, Hans Graf, conductor
Duration c. 35’

Other performances with:

  • National Symphony (Hugh Wolf)
  • Montreal Symphony (Emmanuel Villaume)
  • Winnipeg Symphony (Matthias Bamert)

Daniel Schnyder

Bizet/Borne Carmen Fantasy (flute and orchestra) (Universal)
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini by M&M Eichenberger, 1998
WP Milwaukee Symphony, Andreas Delfs
Duration 12’

Subsequent performances with:

  • Florida Philharmonic (Outwater)·    
  • Charlotte Symphony (Ferrandis)

Miguel Kertsman

Concerto No. 2 for flute, strings and percussion
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini by the Austrian Flute Society
WP Vienna, Konzerthaus, Vienna Concert Soloists, Martin Kertschbaum, cond., Novemeber 2005
Duration 14’

John Harbison

Concerto for flute (AMP)
Second premiere with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowacewsky, cond. November 1995
Duration 20’

Subsequent performances with:

  • New World Symphony (David Alan Miller)
  • National Arts Centre Orchestra (David Alan Miller)
  • Albany Symphony (David Alan Miller)

Lukas Foss

Three American Pieces (version with flute and orchestra)
WP Lincoln Orchestra Association, with Lukas Foss cond. 1995
Duration 15’

Chamber and
Solo Commissions and

Marc-Andre Dalbavie 
Nocturne for flute and piano 
written for Marina Piccinini and Andreas Haefliger 2015
Premiered Kennedy Center and on USA Tour February 2016 

Michael Colgrass

A Flute in the Kingdom of Drums and Bells, flute& percussion Quartet
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini and Nexus Percussion Ensemble
WP Toronto, Ford Centre for the Arts, MP and Nexus 1995

Michael Colgrass
The Wild Riot of the Shaman’s Dreams, flute solo (Fisher)
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini  by Muisc Toronto
WP Toronto, St. Lawrence Centre 1992                                  

Roberto Sierra
Variaciones for flute and Piano, 2006
Commissioned by Andreas Haefliger and Marina Piccinini          

David Ludwig
Canzoniere for flute and piano          
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
WP Philosophical Society, Benjamin Hochman 2011

Michael Torke
Chrome for flute and piano
WP Colden Center, New York, 1996

Elisenda Fabregas
Goyescas for flute and guitar
WP Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, 2009
Emanuele Segre, guitar

Torsten Rasch
An Angel…Retreating (solo flute) (Faber Music) 2012
Gift by the composer
WP Baltimore 2013          

Daniel Schnyder
Sonata for flute and piano (Universal) 1997

Rolf Urs Ringger
Nocturnal Bells for flute and piano
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini by Concert Artists Guild, 1987
WP Davos Festival, Switzerland; Andreas Haefliger, pno          

Jon Kimura Parker
Pan Dreams (fl,pno) (1991)
Commissioned for Marina Piccinini and Andreas Haefliger by the CBC Radio Canada
WP Debut Atlantic Tour, Eastern Canada and CBC Radio Andreas Haefliger, piano

Randall Meyers
Xana (flute and piano) 2011

Peter-Paul Koprowski
A Sonnet for Laura (flute pno) (1989)
Commissioned by the CBC radio
WP Ottawa Robert Kortgaard, piano
(won the Leger prize)