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10 best piccolo players of all time and their performances

Team Soundbrenner, in Community news
Aug 18, 2023 | 5 min read

When it comes to the world of woodwind instruments, the piccolo stands out as a small yet powerful force that brings a distinct and captivating sound to classical and contemporary music alike. Let’s explore the ten best piccolo players of all time, whose exceptional skills and outstanding performances have left an unforgettable mark on the world of music.

1. Eli Hudson

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Eli Hudson was among the pioneering recording artists in England. He joined the London Symphony Orchestra where he was a piccolo player whose prowess and techniques were unparalleled. Thanks to his impeccable intonation, clean articulation, and brilliant passages, Hudson recorded immaculate piccolo solos for Zonophone.

2. Jean-Louis Beaumadier

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A true genius, Jean-Louis Beaumadier hails from France and has won numerous accolades throughout his illustrious career. His breathtaking performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto pour Piccolo en do Majeure has gathered millions of views on YouTube, showcasing his impeccable technique and emotional depth.

3. Nicola Mazzanti

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Nicola Mazzanti is a brilliant piccolo player from Italy, known for his impressive collaborations with famous orchestras worldwide. His performance in Berry McKimm: Piccolo Concerto, is a must-listen for anyone appreciating the piccolo’s magic.

4. Peter Verhoyen

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A popular Belgian piccolo player and flutist whose work has made a mark in the orchestral space, Peter Verhoyen is currently with Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is the principal piccolo player. His vibrant performance in A. Vivaldi – Piccolo Concerto mesmerized the audience.

5. Jennifer Gunn

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Jennifer Gunn is a highly accomplished piccolo player known for her exceptional artistry and technical finesse. As a principal piccolo player with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has delivered captivating performances that show her skill. Take a look at her ‘Happy Halloween’ performance at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

6. Raffaele Trevisani

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Hailing from Italy, Raffaele Trevisani is celebrated for his unparalleled technique and emotional playing. His fantastic performance of W. A. Mozart – Sonata shows his mastery of this beautiful instrument.

7. Michael Martin Kofler

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Michael Martin Kofler is a celebrated piccolo player, known for his exceptional technique and skill. Kofler’s performances show the remarkable precision and expression of his art. His performance of “Carnival of Venice” by Jean-Baptiste Arban stands as proof of his talent and mastery over the piccolo, captivating audiences worldwide.

8. Gareth Davies

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Gareth Davies is a British classical flautist & piccolo player. He is a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and is their principal piccolo player. His master class for the flute and piccolo for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra truly shows his mastery of this amazing instrument.

9. Nicole Esposito

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Known for her versatility, Esposito’s amazing performance of Musgrave- Piccolo Play shows her artistry and deep emotional connection to music. 

10. Samantha Chang

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Known for her brilliant tone and technical prowess, Chang’s performance of Popp, Wilhelm – No. 34, is true proof of her versatility and her expertise.

On the whole, these ten piccolo players have left a historical mark on the world of music with their unparalleled talent and beautiful performances. Whether you’re an expert musician or an avid music lover, their works truly show the beauty of the piccolo.

So, let the melodic sounds of these piccolo masters transport you to a realm of musical brilliance.

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