Izumi Miyahara

Flutist Izumi Miyahara is a freelance artist and educator. She currently holds the Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo position with the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX, and has performed with the Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and New World Symphonies, the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Louisiana Philharmonic and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestras. She has worked with renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Paavo Jarvi, among others. Internationally, Ms. Miyahara has performed in Alcala de Heneres and Madrid, Spain as well as in Lucca, Italy.

As the winner of the 2007 Albuquerque Flute Association Frank Bowen Competition, Ms. Miyahara performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Santa Fe Symphony in December 2007. Her 2009 solo recital in Houston was broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Her orchestral performances have been broadcast on KUHF and KTRU in Houston and WQXR in New York City. She has also performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their Concert:Nova chamber music series.

Ms. Miyahara was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Piccolo Artist Competition sponsored by the National Flute Association, first place winner of the 2005 Central Ohio Flute Association Competition in Columbus, OH, the recipient of the 2004 Ira Gershwin Award in Orchestral Performance from the ASCAP Foundation in New York, and a top prize‐winner in the Cincinnati Flute Symposium’s flute competition in 2006 and 2008. Her summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, MD, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. She has also performed extensively with Cincinnati’s Music X and Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festivals from 2005 to 2008.

Ms. Miyahara maintains a private flute studio and coaches clinics and masterclasses in Houston for organizations such as the American Festival of the Arts, Houston Youth Symphony and Houston Flute Fest. In addition to her musical activities, Izumi is a certified yoga instructor in the Pralaya Yoga System. A native of New York City and a graduate of the Juilliard School Pre-College Program, Izumi completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and received a Master of Music from Rice University. Her principal teachers include Leone Buyse, Randy Bowman, Brad Garner and Robert Boustany.