"She is really an outstanding virtuoso"
"Thanks for your lively and sensitive recording of Pwyl. It’s great to hear it make its way through your sensibility. Familiar and yet new. … [It] finds and brings out more of the work's lyricism ... Brava!"
“Dr. Falzon Baldacchino is
Traditional method flute teacher
Suzuki certified flute teacher
Flutist Laura Falzon has featured as soloist during recitals and concerts across Europe, Asia and the USA. A graduate of Columbia University, she studied in England with Royal Academy professor and principal flutist of the London Sinfonietta Sebastian Bell, as well as with Julius Baker, Susan Milan and Kim McCormick. She is also a certified Suzuki flute teacher registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Born in Canada of Maltese parents, she holds a Doctorate and a Masters in Music & Music Education from Columbia University, a Master of Music in flute Performance from the University of South Florida and is also an Associate, Licentiate and a Fellow of the London College of Music. Before 2004, she was based in the UK, previous to which she was co-principal flute with Malta's National Orchestra, then known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. Dr. Falzon has done residencies through the Rockefeller Foundation and was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in the US. She is a founding member and artistic director of Id-Dinja ensemble and Issa Sonus ensemble both of whose missions are to perform and promote 20th century and new music by composers from all over the world. As well as a performer, Dr. Falzon is also active as a music educator and teaching artist. She has taught in various institutions in the UK and the US. As well as teaching at her own private studio in New York City she is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Teachers College, Columbia University and the City College of New York, City University of New York (CUNY).
The London-based Music & Musicians magazine described her as “an excellent instrumentalist” while critics, musicologists and composers continue to hail her playing as "versatile", "magical", and "beautiful". Reacting to her performance of one of his flute works. Pulitzer price winning composer David Del Tredici comments: “Laura ... You played [Acrostic Song] most beautifully last week at the Gallery, I am very grateful.” While Egyptian-American composer Halim El-Dabh commented as follows on her New York première of his work Big Tooth Aspen: "Exuberance with poise. Your flute's voice seems to come from your heart while empowered by the mastery of performance."
Dr. Falzon, an ardent advocate of contemporary music, has worked with many composers and premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng, African drums and tabla. Padma Phool is one such work written for her by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway). Amongst the list of works premiered are works by composers Charles Camilleri, Halim El-Dabh, Theodore Wiprud, Mohammed Fairouz, Dai Fujikura, Alice Shields and Bushra El-Turk.
The recipient of numerous awards, she has received grants from, amongst others, The British Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cambridge University, New York Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, and Columbia University.