Flutist and Teacher
Known for her sparkling tone and sensitive, expressive musicality, Amanda Blaikie was appointed 2nd Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin in 2016. She previously held the position of Principal Flute with orchestras including the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Sarasota Opera, the Miami City Ballet, and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.
An avid lover of chamber music, Amanda is an Artist with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and performs regularly with ensembles including New Music Detroit, Detroit Chamber Players, Cut-Time Players, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, among others.
Amanda has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic with conductors including Valery Gergiev, David Robertson, Herbert Blomstedt, and Alan Gilbert, with notable performances including a European Tour, Carnegie Hall performance, and Live from Lincoln Center television broadcast. Amanda has also performed with the Orlando Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, Opera Tampa, and New World Symphony, among others.
As a soloist, Amanda regularly presents recitals and masterclasses around the country. Most recently, Amanda performed three Briccialdi Opera Fantasies at the 2018 National Flute Association Convention in Orlando where she was also a judge for the Orchestral Excerpt Competition. This Fall, Amanda will be a concerto soloist with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with Rachel Miller at Orchestra Hall in November. The 2019 year will end with a feature and cover on Flute Talk magazine and a Masterclass at the University of Michigan.
Passionate about teaching and educating, Amanda is a Flute Instructor at Oakland University and is actively involved in the DSO’s Community and Educational Outreach Programs. Last summer, Amanda was a Flute Faculty member at the Pacific Music Institute in Hawaii where she taught and performed, and she will be teaching alongside Robert Langevin as a Faculty Member at Centre d'arts Orford in Quebec in summer of 2020.
Amanda earned a Professional Studies Degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Robert Langevin, Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic. She also received a MM in Flute Performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music where she studied with Christine Nield-Capote and Jenny Robinson, and a BA in Music from Principia College where she studied with flutist and pianist Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish.
Concerts & News
September 14, 8PM
New Music Detroit
Strange, Beautiful Music 12, The Cube
October 28, 4:30 PM
The University of Michigan
November 8, 7:30 PM
Soloist, Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto
Rachel Miller, harp
Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra,
November 16, 8:00 PM
DCWS Nightnotes Series Recital
with Cheryl Losey, harp
and Rudolf Ozolins, piano
(Mozart, Piazzolla, Dorff, Debussy)
Hagopian Rugs, Birmingham
December 8, 2:00 PM
Detroit Chamber Players
St. John's Episcopal, Farmington Hills
July 12 - July 18, 2020
Flute Faculty with Robert Langevin
Centre d'arts Orford, Quebec, Canada
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©2019 Amanda Blaikie
Artwork by Brett Maciag