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Sir James and Lady Galway are the world’s premiere flute duo. The husband-and-wife team delight audiences worldwide with performances full of dazzling wit, delightful charm, and fizzing charisma, with touring schedules spanning every corner of the globe. Passionate about education, Sir James and Lady Galway conduct extremely popular masterclasses and flute academies, and recently founded First Flute: an online education and flute community. The Galways are President and Vice-President of Flutewise, a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation which encourages young flute players and donates instruments to low-income students and young people with disabilities.
14 Mar 2017
Sir James and Lady Galway have their first concert of their US tour on 15 March 2017. This recital will take place at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and will feature a programme...
08 Dec 2016
Legendary flute duo Sir James and Lady Galway travel to Israel to perform three concerts and give a masterclass. Concerts take place in Haifa’s...
03 Oct 2016
Flute legend Sir James Galway joins the Italian Chamber Orchestra I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone on 9 October, for a performance at the Auditorium Cesare Pollini in Padova. The...
28 Apr 2016
One of the world’s greatest living flautists, Sir James Galway, has announced his only UK residency of 2016 will be held at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University. Sir James...
27 Apr 2016
The world’s foremost flute duo, Sir James and Lady Galway, will travel to the South West of England this April for two special performances. They will be joined by three string players from the...
06 Mar 2016
Sir James and Lady Galway, the world’s premiere flute duo, embark on a major tour of the United States throughout March 2016. The tour, comprising duo and solo performances as well as...
07 Jan 2016
Sir James and Lady Galway begin the 2016 calendar year with a month-long tour of Asia. Encompassing South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Japan, ‘The Man with the Golden Flute’ will be...
Birmingham Post - May 2016
Leonard Goussard Heydenrych, Bachtrack - Feb 2015
Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post - Nov 2013
AZ weekly - Oct 2013
Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. With over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, Galway has been a household name for decades. His uniquely expressive interpretations of the flute literature span an extensive range of genres, from classical masterworks to high profile commissions, and provide the benchmark standard for all modern flautists. He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings, and partnered such popular artists as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Sir Elton John. The diversity of Galway’s repertoire reflects his impressive musical range, and has served to establish him as an artist of the very highest stature.
Belfast-born, Galway studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in London’s major opera and symphonic orchestras. He took up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in 1969, before becoming one of the very first flautists to establish an international solo career in 1975. Since that time, Galway has performed worldwide with all of the leading orchestras and most prestigious conductors. He has a vast discography with 97 CDs to his name, and has enjoyed recording contracts with Sony Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. Sir James Galway maintains his busy international touring schedule, continuing to appear at major venues and festivals with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors. After opening the 2015/2016 concert season with a sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, forthcoming highlights this season include major recital and concerto tours of Asia, Europe and the United States.
Awarded the OBE in 1979, and subsequently a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001, Sir James Galway has been the recipient of many honours and awards for his musical accomplishments. These include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Gramophone (2014), the Classic Brits (2005), and the National Concert Hall Dublin (2013), the Grammy President’s Merit Award (2004), and addition to The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame (2008) – as well as numerous gold and platinum recordings. In celebration of Sir James’ legacy to music, Sony Classics has honoured the ‘Man with the Golden Flute’ with the release of a special box-set containing all 71 of his Sony/RCA CDs.
As well as furthering the flute’s profile through repertoire commissions, Sir James has also published a number of articles, flute studies and books. He has collaborated with top flute-makers, Nagahara Flutes of Boston, who have created a special ‘James Galway Nagahara Flute Series’, and – to mark their 125th Anniversary – William S. Haynes also produced a James Galway Q Series flute.
Alongside his busy performing schedule, Galway devotes much of his free time to educational outreach programmes. These include the Galway Flute Festivals held around the world, and his own online flute community: First Flute (www.firstflute.com). Launched December 2013, the First Flute network allows students, teachers and music lovers first-hand access to Sir James’ expertise. Galway also gives a great deal of time to charitable organisations, including SOS, FARA, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), The Caron Keating Foundation, Lorin Maazel’s Châteauxville Foundation, and the Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project – as well as UNICEF, for whom he is a Special Representative. He is also Ambassador to the European Brain Council.
Sir James lives with his wife and family in Switzerland.
A graduate of New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Galway has risen to become one of the world’s leading female flautists. She is an accomplished and much celebrated artist who regularly tours internationally in diverse and virtuosic programmes, and is also deeply committed to music education initiatives.
Lady Galway’s concerto appearances have been with many of the leading orchestras in the United States, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In Europe, she regularly performs in London, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg and Zürich, and she frequently visits Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore. Recent performance highlights have seen Lady Galway joining her husband Sir James in concert tours across the globe, including South America and South Africa, and a recital at Carnegie Hall. Forthcoming highlights of her 2015/2016 concert season include major tours of Asia, Europe and the United States.
In addition to her highly successful career as a soloist, Lady Galway is also an accomplished chamber musician, touring regularly with various chamber ensembles including her trio Zephyr (pianist Jonathan Feldman and cellist Darrett Adkins). The group’s first recording, Zephyr – Winds of Romance, includes works by Haydn, Martinu and Weber. Lady Galway also works as the premiere flute duo partner of her husband Sir James Galway, delighting audiences worldwide, and in 2008 receiving the ‘Spirit of Ireland’ aware in recognition for their roles ambassadors for music. Lady Galway has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA, BMG Classics and Deutsche Grammophon.
Varied concert engagements include performances in the presence of The Empress of Japan, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Queen of Norway, The Queen of Spain, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Shimon Peres, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins & Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Lady Galway serves as a patron to the charity Future Talent headed by the Duchess of Kent and Ambassador of The European Brain Council.
Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her educational articles, mentoring of flute students, blogs and recordings. She created the ground-breaking ‘First Flute’ online education community with her husband, and also gives regular masterclasses of her own to aspiring flautists throughout the world. She devotes every summer to running the celebrated Galway Flute Academy in Switzerland.
Lady Galway lives in Switzerland with her husband.