Maciej Flis BASSOON
Bassoonist Maciej Flis is a native of Lodz, Poland and lives in Los Angeles. Maciej is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area, teaching as Adjunct Faculty at the Masters College. During the past years Maciej played bassoon as co-principal with the American Youth Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Center Stage Opera, Bakersfield Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Ventura Ballet Company and also performed with the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz, Poland. Since 2005 he has been principal bassoonist of the Conductors Institute Orchestra at Bard College in New York. Maciej also performed with many chamber groups such as Jacaranda, New Century Players and Symbiosis Ensemble. As a recording artist, Maciej performs on short films and television. He took part in numerous music festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Maciej is fortunate to have collaborated with some of the world’s famous artists and musicians, including as Yo-Yo Ma, Burt Bacharach, Yundi Li, John Waltz, Yefim Bronfman, Monica Mancini, Kent Nagano, Carl St. Clair, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Anshel Brusilow, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Larry Livingston, Monica Mancini, Yundi Li and Charles Fox. Several of his performances have been featured on the Los Angeles classical radio stations, K-Mozart and KUSC. In March of 2011 Maciej was featured soloist with the Orange County Symphony in the "Five Sacred Trees", Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by John Williams.
Maciej is also the bassoonist of the Midnight Winds, Los Angeles based ensemble with captivating presence and musical imagination. Young Artists International selected Midnight to appear in recitals throughout Southern California in 2008. That year also marked the ensemble’s first international tour during which they presented concerts and workshops throughout Poland. They have been featured guest artists at the Schneider Concerts Series in New York, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Paderewski Festival, California Institute of the Arts, LACMA’s Sundays Live, Los Angeles City College, an educational outreach residency through Orchestras of Pasadena, and quintet-in-residence for Chamber Music Sedona, Arizona. In 2010, the ensemble recorded and premiered a new commission by Emmy award-winning composer Steve Cohn, a work written for the ensemble. Today, the Midnight Winds maintain a strong relationship with the Polish Music Center where they frequently collaborate with international artists and composers. The Midnight Winds was back in the studio to record for a retrospective of David Rosenboom’s works which was released on New World Records in 2012.
Maciej Flis holds a Masters Degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where he was a recipient of Lovelace Music Scholarship, an Artist Diploma from the University of Southern California, as a recipient of Flossie Meline Oliver Pieper Music Scholarship, and a Masters Degree from the G.K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland. He has studied with many wonderful teachers such as Stephen Maxym, Judith Farmer, Julie Feves and Krzysztof Kaminski. Maciej’s non musical passions include photography, aviation, and Travel.
"In every way, Maciej is a superb young artist. He has a lovely tone quality, fine technique, and as unusually keen mind. In my career spanning more than forty years in the profession, I have had the opportunity to work with literally hundreds of talented young musicians. I would rate Maciej in the top 5% of that group."
Larry Livingstone, Conductor
"I wish to state for the record that Mr.Flis is clearly and unambiguously one of the finest and most extraordinary of emerging professional musicians in the music industry. [...] I can state, without hesitation, that he is the great asset to the industry."
Patrick Williams, Composer and Conductor
"The sound that Maciej produces while performing reflects a level of artistic and intellectual competence that is so very rare. Maciej Flis is a "complete" package. He is in a place where he is not only wanted-Maciej is in a a place where he is so desperately needed!"
Abel Ramirez, University of Illinois, Professor of Band