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douglas worthenDouglas Worthen, Flutist, Durham

Douglas Worthen was born in Exeter, New Hampshire and received his Bachelor of Music and Music Education degrees through the Hartt School of Music followed by study at L'Institut d'Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux, Switzerland. Worthen received his Masters of Music with Honors at the New England Conservatory in Massachusetts.

His extensive performance experience has brought him to Russia, France, Switzerland, Japan, and Spain as well as many New England performances. Performances with the Handel and Haydn Society include Symphony Hall, Boston, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, Beethoven Festival, Milwaukee, WI, and the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland.

Worthen's recordings include Exotic Impressions: The Flute Works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert with Janice Weber of Piano, and Classical Flute Quartets: The Mannheim Quartet. Present recording projects include Compositions for 2 Flutes & Piano with George Lopez and Christian Delafontaine.

Worthen presents lectures and master classes locally, nationally and internationally. His teaching experience is within New England at the New England Conservatory, Bowdoin and Bates College, Manchester Community Music School and Phillips Exeter Academy. He has presented Masterclasses at Cambridge University, and in Japan, France, Switzerland and the United States. His primary teachers are Aurele Nicolet, Jean Pierre Rampal, John Wummer, and André Jaunet among other masters. Worthen previously received a State Arts Council Fellowship in 1994.

Since the early 1990s Worthen has been Editor and Chief and Co-owner of Falls House Press, a flute music publishing company dedicated to the discovery and reproduction not only of flute music that is out-of-print, but to publishing new, top-quality repertoire. His Andersen Etude Practice Book, now translated into French and Japanese, is used worldwide as a teaching text. This fall he was able to bring publications to Ufa, Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, and present them in Masterclasses at their conservatory.

"I see my performance and lecture as an opportunity to convey the highest possible authenticity even to a new composer's work by understanding its ethnic and cultural roots, hoping to invite my audience to love the music as much as I do. This creates a cultural bridge, a bond that enlightens us and helps us to realize how much we have in common."

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