Title/Position: Lecturer, Violin; Artistic Coordinator & Resident Conductor, Mancini Institute OrchestraProfile:
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?
- I’m blessed to have had many wonderful moments in my career; some of my most memorable include playing concertmaster to Luciano Pavarotti in one of his last performances, being in the audience for successful recitals by my students, recording with Michael Jackson singing and conducting, and the concerts where something indescribably magical occurs – we work and study as hard as we can, and we live for those moments.
Why did you choose music as your career?
- At the age of five, after hearing the Boston Symphony perform Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, I knew that I wanted to be a performing musician, and a violinist in particular.
Why should a prospective student attend the Frost School of Music?
- The Frost School offers so much – dedicated faculty, an amazingly innovative and successful curriculum, excellence across an extremely broad spectrum of musical styles; in short, if you desire to be the best, Frost can take you there.
How were you influenced by your teachers?
- I am very lucky to have had wonderful teachers; the greatest of these showed me the keys to keep growing. This involved not showing me the answers, but teaching me to ask the right questions of myself. I believe strongly in this approach: teaching my students to teach themselves.
What do you expect from students who participate in your ensembles?
- In the ensembles I lead, I ask nothing less than what I would of a professional ensemble; I feel that it’s very important to show students what the “real world” expects of them.
What are your latest professional projects?
-My latest CD, of the complete Brahms violin sonatas, comes out this summer, as does my book, “Complete Scales”. I’m also working on a CD project entitled “Bach Perspectives”. In addition, I’m composing works for solo violin, and string quartet and voice, as well as numerous arrangements.
What’s on your i-phone or what are you listening to these days?
- We live in such an amazing time! I’ve always had extremely broad tastes in music, but with the advent of new technology, streaming internet radio for example, I find myself listening to an ever-increasing amount of new and exciting music in all genres—
Scott Flavin (violin and conductor) is a lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance and also serves as artistic coordinator and resident conductor for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In addition, Flavin is a member of the Bergonzi String Quartet, and a director of the Frost Chamber Orchestra. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera and Miami Bach Society, and founder and music director of the Miami Mozarteum. He regularly performs across the globe, and is a member of the newly-formed chamber ensemble, Pulse. As a composer and arranger, his works have been heard on American Public Media’s radio program “Performance Today” and have been recorded by the Bergonzi Quartet. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums. He has recorded two solo CD’s, “Great Violin Solos of the Opera and Ballet” and “the Complete Brahms Violin Sonatas”. Flavin performs on a rare Italian violin made in 1780 by Tomaso Eberle.