One of Canada’s finest flutists, Joanna G’froerer enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and educator. Joanna G’froerer has been the principal flutist of Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra since 1992.
A native of Vancouver, Ms. G’froerer comes from a family of professional musicians. She studied flute in Vancouver with Kathleen Rudolph, and became the first wind player to graduate from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Her education included summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Joanna studied at McGill University with Timothy Hutchins, and earned a Licentiate in Music from McGill in 1993. She was the first prize winner of the OSM Competition (winds and brass) in 1990.
Ms. G’froerer performs regularly as a soloist with the NAC Orchestra, having appeared as concerto soloist in over thirty different programs since joining the ensemble. She has also performed as flute soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, and the Peterborough Symphony.
Joanna G’froerer has been featured in the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Montreal and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals, Scotiafest, and the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil; she is a frequent guest artist at Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival and at Ottawa Chamberfest. Joanna is a member of the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, comprised of the five principal wind players of the NACO. The G’froerer Gott Duo, with harpist Michelle Gott, has been featured in numerous concert series and festivals, and recently premiered a commission by composer Andrew Staniland, “Exit Eden”. Joanna was a co-founder of the Classical Unbound Festival in Prince Edward County, Ontario, and served as Co-Artistic Director during its first three seasons.
Joanna G’froerer’s recordings include a CBC Records disc of Mozart Flute Quartets with violinist Martin Beaver, Pinchas Zukerman on viola, and cellist Amanda Forsyth. Opus Magazine named it the best Canadian chamber music recording of 2001. In 2002, she recorded an all-Rodrigo disc as concerto soloist with Maestro Maximiano Valdes and the Asturias Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label. A recording of the wind chamber music of Saint-Saëns, featuring the NAC Wind Quintet with pianist Stéphane Lemelin, was named by Gramophone magazine as an “Editor’s Choice” shortly after its release in 2011.
As an educator, Ms. G’froerer has taught flute at the University of Ottawa, the NAC Summer Music Institute, at Domaine Forget and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and is presently a Visiting Professor of Flute at McGill University in Montreal. She has presented masterclasses at universities and conservatories throughout North America, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Joanna G’froerer has been described as “...one of those people whose mastery of their instrument is so thorough that they can exercise the luxury of finding a special beauty in every note”. (Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen)