Title/Position: Associate Professor, FluteProfile:
Why did you choose music as your career?
Both my parents were music teachers and there was always music in the house. I knew by the age of 5 that I wanted to be a musician.
What do you consider are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
I’ve been blessed to have had a wonderful performing career. There were so many wonderful occasions making music - performing with great conductors and great singers and soloists. I loved it all.
Who were your musical mentors?
My first musical mentor was my Dad - both my first piano and flute teacher. His love of music AND teaching were infectious. I learned so much along the way from so many. The best advice was given by a colleague when I joined the Met - “You will hear many things both good and bad. You can learn from it all.”
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
I hope to share my enthusiasm for music and the flute. Most of all, I want to give them the tools so they will no longer need me.
What are you listening to these days in your car?
I have four stations on my Sirius radio: the Metropolitan Opera, the (classical) Pops and Symphony stations, and Siriusly Sinatra.
Finish the statement, “Music is…”
Music has always been my life. I love listening, I love performing and most of all today - I love sharing all of that with my students.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
Students should choose the Frost School for the same reasons I did: it is a wonderful, warm place with a great faculty and wonderful opportunities to be exposed to and participate in all kinds of music.
Trudy Kane, associate professor of Flute, joined the faculty of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2008 after 32 seasons as principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera. She received both a BM and MM from the Juilliard School of Music. Upon graduation she freelanced and spent two years as a regular extra with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Kane is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many film scores (trudykane.com). She can be heard and seen on many Met videos including Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes and three different La Bohemes. Trudy Kane has given master classes at noted universities including Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Penn State, and University of North Texas. Her CD, In the French Style, includes works by Fauré, Frank, and Gieseking. A number of her transcriptions for Flute Quartet have been published, plus her transcription of the Fauré Sonata and cadenzas for Mozart’s Concerto in D Major. She has been privileged to work with many great conductors, including Carlos Kleiber, Karl Bőhm, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Pierre Boulez, and Valery Gergiev and great singers such as Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming, and Joan Sutherland.