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Susan Palma-Nidel: Bio

THE 2000-2016'S

› Release of first solo album Elegante. New flute music of South America with Ivan Lins, Branford Marsalis, Pablo Ziegler and the Borromeo String Quartet. see projects and audio/visual ›

› Orpheus "Shadow Dances", chamber music of Stravinsky wins a Grammy 2001

› Flutist of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980

› Principal flute of American Composers Orchestra since 1985

› Faculty of Columbia University (1983-) and Montclair State University 2006-).

› North Country Chamber Players Chamber music concerts and educational projects and gardening in New Hampshire since the 1970s


› Solo Recital Merkin Concert Hall 1990.

› Release of Mozart Flute Concerto recording with Orpheus and Nancy Allen 1990 see reviews ›   listen to audio clips ›

› Principal Flute of Santa Fe Opera 1993

› Orpheus Tour to Vietnam –first American Orchestra to play in Hanoi since the war. A very moving experience.

› Concerto appearances with Orpheus in Japan, US and Europe of Mozart Concerto in G and Flute and Harp Concerto with Nancy Allen

› Principal Flute of Paul Taylor Dance Company

› Seasonal PDQ Bach

› Orpheus nominated for Grammy with Appalachian Spring

› A year off from playing to study painting with the great teacher Nicholas Buhalis.

› Later painting studies with Joseph Santori and Sam Feinstein.



› Became a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 1980.

› The Bach Chamber Soloists (1984-1990) Wonderful chamber group with guests, Jan Opalach, Arlene Auger and members Ben Hudson -violin, Deanna Contino - cello and Spencer Carroll- harpsichord . Performances at Merkin Hall, Frick Museum, Wolftrap, Caramoor, Symphony Space and Oregon Bach Festival. Designated by Musical America as new upcoming artists.

› Speculum Musicae- Winner of Namburg Award. Tully Hall, Merkin, Kennedy Center, Bath Festival (England), Warsaw Festival (Poland), Radio France. Many recordings of Elliot Carter, Mario Davidovsky.

› Principal of Royal Ballet, Netherlands Dance Company, Stuttgart Ballet (soloist in

Mozart Flute and Harp concerto) at Metropolitan Opera.

› Principal of Martha Graham Orchestra at Met and City Center.

› Principal of Paul Taylor Dance Company at City Center.

› Chamber Music with Heinz Holliger at Mostly Mozart and Metropolitan Museum.

› Principal of the Madeira Bach Festival. Brandenburg 4 with Julius Baker.

› More PDQ Bach!


› Learned to count large, very slow triplets for Morton Feldman. My first contemporary gig and at Carnegie Recital Hall. And then 6/5, 7's, etc for Elliot Carter. He was very patient.

› The Ensemble with Dennis Russell Davies. 1972-76 series at Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Premiered Leon Kirchner flute solo "Lily".

› White Mountain Festival to the now North Country Chamber Players. Played a solo piece with and by Keith Jarrett. (1972)

› The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble with Arthur Weisberg. (1975-1980] Thanks to my predecessors Tom Nyfenger and Paul Dunkel for not being available for the amazing 6 week tour to Australia, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, with stops in Samoa and Hawaii. My first performances of Schoenberg "Pierrot Lunaire" and Boulez "Le Marteau sans Maitre. And later for many performances with the wonderful Jan De Gaetani.

› Bernstein Mass Two months at Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Academy and Metropolitan Opera. The Maestro conducted twice!

› Acquired Bess, the most beautiful, deaf English Setter puppy. The highlight of a year in LA.

1 Os Indios de meia Praia
2 Foi Por Ela
3 As Certezas do Meu Mais Brilhante
4 Velho Mondego
5 E Levantou-Se O Arraial
6 Cancao
7 Cancao com Lagrimas
8 A Morte Saui A Rua
9 Fado Lopes_Meditando
10 Meu Fado Meu
11 Maria Lisboa
12 Ao Longo de um Claro Rio de Agua Doce
Foi Por Ela

On the heels of a successful 30-year career as a revered classical flutist, circa 1999, Susan embarked on a mission to explore music that is virtually unknown outside its own, cloistered universe.  For decades, Susan has adored and been intrigued by the nuanced musical forms of Portugal (Fado being only one such form), and was astonished to learn that outside the country – even in most of the Lusofone world – Portuguese music is virtually unknown. 

In 2014 during a visit to Portugal, through friends, she made contact with some of the finest musicians in Lisboa and expanded her considerable knowledge of the music.  Susan experienced a musical epiphany as to how she could bring this incredible music to a wider, global audience.  This has been and remains the goal in this endeavor.

Crossover Media Projects with: Susan Palma-Nidel