FLUTE Member Of The Week
July 26 to August 1, 1999
I was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Pennsylvanian father and an Australian mother. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and began playing the flute when I was ten. When I was twenty one I moved to New York where I studied with Julius Baker, Claude Monteux, William Kincaid, and Marcel Moyse. I have lived there ever since.

My performing career has encompassed a variety of activities from symphony orchestra to chamber music to solo, and is ongoing. I have made an number of recordings. I have served as the principal flutist of the New York City Opera since 1965 and have taught flute at The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, since 1977. I have written a number of articles on the flute, and since 1992 I have been publishing flute music. With an unusual surname (pronounced as in lion) I have also pursued an interest in genealogy.

My wife of forty years come February is Victoria Simon, former New York City Ballet soloist, currently Ballet Mistress to the George Balanchine Trust, staging that choreographer's works around the world. We have two married children, Russell, a computer scientist, and Anthony, who just graduated from Yale with an MBA.

Here is a brief excerpt from the Godard Suite, Opus 116 from my 'French Flute Solos' (HMP 2W91514) recording.

For further information on the aspects of my life underlined above or a more detailed story of my life please click on the button below and visit my web site.

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John Wion


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