March 10, 2024 4:00 pm

Concert of works for Flute and Piano by composers of underrepresented groups.
Carl Gutowski and Keng Siong Sim form a flute/piano duo dedicated to performing classical chamber music, with an emphasis on underrepresented composers. Classical music has been rightly criticized for its historic lack of representation of various groups, including BIPOC and women composers. We will perform great works by overlooked composers over the history of classical music. Composers to include William Grant Still, Mel (Melanie) Bonis, Marianne Martinez, Debra Kaye, Katherine Hoover, Celso Marchado and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
All Ages
Carl Gutowski is a flutist with deep roots in Washington, DC, where he lived and taught for many years at Georgetown Day High School. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music settings. Highlight performances over the past few seasons include return engagements at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; the Cape Cod Museum of Art; and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. He has commissioned and premiered new works for the flute by composers Debra Kaye, Jonathan Russell, Richard Wilson and Mina Esary. His live performances have been broadcast on WQXR (NYC), WMHT (Albany, NY), WPRB (Princeton, NJ), and WOMR (Provincetown, MA). His recording of Debra Kaye’s “Call of the Dance” can be found on Navona Records. He is the first prize winner of the National Flute Association competition (2022); third prize winner (and audience favorite award) of the World Bach Competition (2020, Instrumental Community); and finalist in the Syrinx Competition (London, 2020).
Winner of the 2012 Washington International Piano Artists Competition, Keng Siong Sim was born in Singapore and started playing the piano at 11. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of York (UK) and studied piano with Kaoru Bingham and Ka-Kit Tam. Keng has also studied with Nadine Shank and Estela Olevsky at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he obtained his Master of Music. In addition, he holds the ARCM (Associate of Royal College of Music, UK) and LTCL (Licentiate, Trinity College of Music, London) in piano performance. A chamber music enthusiast, Keng has been awarded the Advanced Certificate in Cello Performance by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He enjoys ensemble playing and is a current member of Washington’s Friday Morning Music Club and Capital City Symphony.