Susan Milan, England

Susan Milan – Former Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, she continues to travel, performing and giving master classes in USA, East Asia and Europe. She can be heard regularly on BBC radio and has recorded for Chandos, Upbeat, Da Capo, Omega, Denon, Cala and Metier labels. She has researched and published 19th century repertoire for Boosey & Hawkes, Wilhelm Popp for Hunt Edition, written study books and cadenzas, and is presently restoring and processing for CD her collection of historic 78 recordings of flautists 1910-1945. Numerous composers have written for her and she is committed to commissioning and performing new works. She is a Professor and Fellow of the Royal College of Music. Her recital CD British Living Composer with the pianist Andrew Ball was released in 2008. The Debussy Ensemble will release a recording of Debussy, Bax, Mathias and Ravel early in 2011. She has given numerous world and UK premieres and has inspired contemporary composers to write for her, among them Richard Rodney Bennett, Antal Dorati, Carl Davis, Jindrich Feld, Edwin Roxburgh, Robert Saxton, Ole Schmidt, and Robert Simpson and Cecilia McDowall.

She has recorded the Schmidt Concerto for the Da Capo label and will soon be recording the Simpson Concerto for Hyperion. Recent commissions include a concerto from the American composer Keith Gates, Oiseau Soleil for flute and piano by the French composer Jean Sichler and The Moon Dances by the British composer Cecilia McDowall.

Susan Milan is often featured on the BBC and has recorded concertos and recitals for the Chandos label. Recent commissions and dedications include “The Moon Dances” by Cecilia McDowall, “Sonata” by Brian Lock and “Octagon” by Ian Finney – all British composers. Susan Milan is often heard on the BBC and has recorded for Chandos, Hyperian, Omega, Da Capo, Upbeat and Cala labels. Her latest recording of contemporary British works for flute and piano, recorded with the pianist Andrew Ball, was released in 2008 on the Metier label.

In the chamber music field, Susan has formed The London Chamber Music Group featuring flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano and harp. With members of this group, she has recorded the chamber music of Eugene Goossens for the Chandos label. In the academic field, she has researched and published 19th century repertoire for Boosey & Hawkes, written a number of technical books and is presently restoring her collection of historic 78 recordings of flautists 1910-1945 and issuing them on the Master Classics label.

Susan is a Professor of the Royal College of Music, where she was herself a scholar at the age of 16. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, which was presented to her by HRH Prince Charles in November, 1999. Susan has formed the Milan Trio, with her son Christopher, who is presently Co-Principal Cello of rhe Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the pianist Andrew Ball.