The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts is pleased to announce the addition of esteemed flutist Nina Assimakopoulos to the music faculty starting in August.

Already a visiting professor of flute, Assimakopoulos is making WVU her permanent home as the new assistant professor of flute in the School of Music. She will be teaching applied flute and chamber music classes, as well as playing with the Laureate Wind Quintet.

“The addition of Professor Assimakopoulos brings an internationally known solo artist to the School of Music,” said Keith Jackson, director of the School of Music. “Her work in new music is at the forefront of the flute world.”

Assimakopoulos has performed as principal flute with the Munich City Opera, Bavarian Radio Symphony Academy Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Aaron Copland Fund Grant for New Music Recording, two Fulbright Grants, the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Award, the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Endowment and the Munich Academy of Music “Meisterklasse” Certificate.

In great demand as a teacher, Assimakopoulos has given master classes and performance seminars at numerous universities and festivals including the Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, Flute Festival Mid-South, Great Lakes Flute Festival and the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She studied previously with Peter Lloyd at the Indiana University School of Music and Paul Meisen at the Munich Academy of Music.

A champion of contemporary music, Assimakopoulos is credited with more than 50 international world-premiere performances and commissions, as well as multimedia collaborative projects and concerts integrating baroque through contemporary flute music with visual and digital arts, dance and theater.


lb 5/25/12

CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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