Ensemble bio and individual artist bios
Through a serendipitous meeting at a festival in Peru in 2014, American flutist Christine Beard and Brazilian guitarist Daniel Wolff became fast friends which naturally led the pair to share the stage together. The Beard-Wolff Duo gave their inaugural performances in the USA and Peru in the spring of 2015 for which they received fervent and enthusiastic reviews from both colleagues and critics. Since that time, the duo’s engagements have included subsequent concerts in the USA, Brazil, Peru, a featured recital at the 2016 Adams International Flute Festival in The Netherlands, and a recital featuring Daniel’s original compositions for flute at the 2016 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, CA. The duo has recorded Christopher Caliendo’s “Lamento” for piccolo and guitar which will appear on Christine Beard’s upcoming solo CD, To the Nth Degree: Music for Piccolo by 21st-Century Composers; and they have also recorded Wolff’s, “California Card” for 2 flutes, cello and guitar, written for Beard for the 2016 NFA convention. Building off the success of their individual solo careers, Christine and Daniel are enthusiastically pursuing a regular performance schedule for their Duo, and the pair looks forward to exploring both old and new works for flute and guitar and to sharing their impassioned musical chemistry with audiences around the globe.
Christine Beard, flute
Described by Flute Focus as “…having shattered any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers," Christine Erlander Beard enjoys an active career as an international soloist, chamber artist and teacher, with frequent engagements throughout North America, South America and Europe. Applauded for her interesting and diverse recital programming and “warm lyricism” (British Flute Society journal, Pan), Christie strives to showcase expressive music written for flute and piccolo, as well as promoting new and original works for the instruments with a focus on American composers. Founder and Artistic Director of the International Piccolo Symposium, she earned both a Master of Music and Doctor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Since 2002, Beard has served as the Professor of Flute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. (www.christiebeard.com)
Daniel Wolff, guitar
Celebrated as one of Brazil’s most prominent guitarists, Daniel Wolff acts extensively as a teacher, composer and arranger, which culminated in a Grammy Award in 2001. A versatile musician, Daniel has been a winner of numerous guitar competitions in Brazil and the United States; he has performed widely across Europe, South America and the U.S., including an appearance at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, and his recordings and compositions have received high critical acclaim. Professor of Music at the Brazilian Federal University (UFRGS), Wolff is in constant demand to teach courses in universities and music festivals in Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States. After earning a Bachelor of Music from the Uruguayan University in Montevidéo, he was later awarded full scholarships from the Brazilian government to study in New York, receiving both Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. (www.danielwolff.com)
"Her performance shatters any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers."
- FLUTE FOCUS MAGAZINE (Canada)
"The long lines drew a warm lyricism from her."
- PAN, BRITISH FLUTE SOCIETY JOURNAL (England)
"Very sensitive and heartfelt performance."
- CHRISTOPHER CALIENDO, composer (USA)
"A thrilling performance!"
- PETER SHERIDAN, flutist (Australia)
- SOCHI NEWS (Russia)
"Christine gave a beautiful rendition which brought the audience to its feet in a standing ovation."
- THE KILDARE NATIONALIST (Ireland)
“A first rate guitarist. He commands the instrument in all its subtleties and technical complexities.”
- GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
“Daniel Wolff's talents are very impressive.”
- CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE (England)
“A flawless performance.”
- THE NEW MUSIC CONAISSEUR (New York)
“A musician of great worth. A virtuoso soloist.”
- ELDORADO MAGAZINE (Argentina)
“Gorgeous. Incredible sound and virtuosity. Highly recommended!”
- VIOLÃO PRO (Brazil)
“Excellent musicianship and skills as a performer. Brilliant and sensitive. Delightful tone.”
- ANGELO GILARDINO, guitarist/composer (Italy)
Recent performances from around the world
"Choro da Peste from Tremata e Choro by Daniel Wolff. Recital at the Catedral Anglicana do Redentor; Pelotas, Brazil; October 2015
"Lamento" by Christopher Caliendo.
Lima, Peru; May 2015
"Café 1930" by Astor Piazzolla.
Univ. of Northern Iowa (USA); April 2015