Today's Featured Artist: Todd Skitch, flute - The Brandenburg Affair
Who is Todd Skitch?
Canadian flutist Todd Skitch joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute in September 2013. He is also a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players and is the Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University.
Mr. Skitch started his orchestral career with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 1997 after completing degrees at the University of Toronto and McGill University in Montreal, where his principal teachers were Timothy Hutchins and Nora Shulman.
Mr. Skitch’s career as a teacher and symphony musician includes many credits: an original member of the IRIS Orchestra with Michael Stern; Bellingham Festival of Music; Memphis Chamber Music Society; Tanglewood Music Center; Blossom Music Festival at Kent University, where he received the Maurice Sharp Award for outstanding flute applicant; Spoleto Festival USA; and the National Repertory Orchestra.
While in Memphis, Mr. Skitch served as the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Orchestra Manager for the Memphis Youth Symphony Program and taught flute at Rhodes College.
Mr. Skitch has been heard on CBC Radio-Canada, WKNO-Memphis, and as a soloist with the
Memphis Symphony and IRIS Orchestra. In 2003 Todd joined the Canadian group Ensemble Noir on a historic, three-nation African tour to Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Why is The Brandenburg Affair so special to Todd?
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Brandenburg concertos, especially #4. It is the only one with a Second Flute part! As the Second Flute of the ASO it's not normally my job to stand up in a concerto performance so I relish the opportunity. Only once before in my career have I been involved in a complete performance of all six concerti. This was in 1997."