Having worked in disparate fields from management consulting to higher education, award-winning flutist Boglárka Kiss cherishes music the most. Praised for her “rich and full tone,” she has had the good fortune to be a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and a recording artist.
Her journey began in Hungary, where Boglárka was born and raised. She credits her ability to be a “jack of all trades” to the intensive and diverse education she received there, which included learning five languages, and nine years of music training. After studying economics and working in a corporate setting in the U.S., she opted for a life in music, and earned a degree in flute performance. Since then, her musical journey has taken her to many unexpected places: from opera in Montana, recital appearances in Europe, to recording on many kinds of flutes for film and album projects in LA’s studio scene. She recorded her eclectic solo debut album Air in 2006.
One of her proudest musical moments was performing the U.S. premiere of Endre Szervánszky’s Flute Concerto. Conversely she cherishes premiering American works in her native Hungary, such as the Flute Sonata of Grammy winning composer, Billy Childs. Currently, she is piccolo soloist of the Golden State Pops and performs in several other orchestras in California, including the Pasadena Symphony. She has collaborated with musicians such as Alan Silvestri, Joel McNeely, John Debney, and Jorge Mester, and has performed in many of LA’s most prestigious venues. She performs regularly with harpist Alison Bjorkedal in Duo Ondine, with whom she won the Beverly Hills Auditions in 2013.
Aside from her performing career, Boglárka is committed to music education. To this end, she teaches music at Pasadena City College, maintains a private flute studio, and is in demand as a master class teacher, music coach, and lecturer.
Boglárka earned her doctoral degree in 2013, and is expanding her work into the field of scholarly research and publication. In 2000, she was a Yamaha Prize winner at the Julius Baker International Flute Seminar. Her flute teachers have included James Newton, Danilo Lozano, Julius Baker, and Anne Diener Zentner. Away from her professional commitments, she enjoys gardening, reading, and a quiet life with her pianist-husband Robert Thies and their dog-beach loving canine, Simon.
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