FCS Principal Flute, Emma Koi, will perform Mozart’s timeless first Flute Concerto (Flute Concerto no. 1 in G, K. 313) in the upcoming Saturday Classics concert, “Mendelssohn and Mozart.” The concert will begin at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 20, at the Bradley Symphony Center (212 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee).
Emma Koi maintains an eclectic career as an orchestral, chamber, and collaborative flutist. She joined Festival City Symphony as Principal Flute in 2014 and is serving as Acting Principal flute of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra this season. She has performed as a guest with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and previously served as Third Flute/Piccolo of the Florida Grand Opera. She is an alum of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she had the privilege of working closely with Judd and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, and former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne on various community engagement projects throughout Chicago.
Passionate about multi-arts collaboration, Emma Koi has enjoyed creating work with many of Milwaukee’s dance and theatre companies. She is a co-founder of Cadance Collective, a Milwaukee-based ensemble of musicians and dancers treating choreography and composition as equal tools in creating new work for the stage. She has worked as a movement and music artist with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Present Music, Danceworks Performance Company and Wild Space Dance Company. As a chamber musician, Ms. Koi has performed locally with Milwaukee Musaik, Frankly Music, Access Contemporary Music for Doors Open Milwaukee, and on many recital projects with Milwaukee and Chicago area musicians.
Emma Koi is on the faculty at Carroll University where she teaches flute and rhythmic movement. She teaches flute lessons for the Shorewood Recreation Department and holds an active private teaching studio. Her students have won top awards in competitions for the Wisconsin Flute Festival, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Music Association competitions. Ms. Koi received a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelors degrees in music and dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teachers include Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Caen Thomason-Redus.
Emma Koi lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two young children. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and is the founder of Mother Maker, a podcast and online magazine featuring interviews with artists who are mothers.
Order tickets today for the Saturday Classics concert featuring Emma Koi. Admission is free, though tickets are required, and donations are suggested and appreciated. The Saturday Classics series aims to make classical music accessible to everyone, and the mission of FCS is to extend the reach of classical music in the community with reasonable pricing and informative formats that embrace people of all ages.