Tanya Witek, Flute

Tanya Witek, FluteTanya Dusevic Witek began her flute studies with Marian Žekulin at the age of seven. As a young musician in Calgary, Canada, she was a student in the Academy at Mount Royal College and at the Banff Centre, participating in masterclasses with musicians such as Geoffrey Gilbert, Robert Aitken, Aurèle Nicolet, John Wion, Samuel Baron and Carol Wincenc. Ms. Witek earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary as a student of Philippa Fitzgerald-Finch. She continued her studies in New York at The Juilliard School with Carol Wincenc, where she completed her master and doctoral degrees.

In addition to being the newest member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Ms. Witek is also a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. As principal flute of the New York Symphonic Ensemble from 1998-2007, she appeared as concerto soloist throughout the United States and Asia. She performs regularly as a guest with Orpheus and has toured the United States, Europe and Japan with the ensemble. She has also performed with American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Continuum and the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Witek has toured with “Musicians from Marlboro,” and is heard on a recording celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the festival. Her debut recording with pianist Charles Foreman, featuring works by Martinů, Schulhoff, Reinecke and Janáček, was released in 2006 on the MSR label.

Ms. Witek is on the woodwind faculty at Montclair State University and has worked as a teaching artist and consultant for Lincoln Center Institute, Juilliard, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the The National Arts Club’s Tilden Prize (Jean-Pierre Rampal, jury chairman), a Fulbright Grant, a Sony ES Award for Excellence and the Juilliard Concerto Competition. In 2003, Ms. Witek received the McGraw-Hill Company’s Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, which is awarded annually to a distinguished Juilliard alumnus. She has also received recognition in her native country, with numerous grants from the Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Witek lives in Tappan, NY with her husband, Krystof, and two children, Annamaria and Lukas.