Trudy Kane was Principal Flute with the Metropolitan Opera 1976-2008 and is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Frost School of Mu She received both her BM and MM from the Juilliard School. She is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many film scores including The Untouchables and Beauty and the Beast (original). She can be heard and seen on many Met videos including Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes and three different La Bohemes. Her solo CD In the French Style includes Sonatas by Franck, Fauré and the Gieseking Sonatine.
Since her arrival at the Frost School, Kane has been an active recitalist, performing and giving masterclasses around the country. In 2015 the Frost School of Music commissioned Ellen Zwillich’s Concerto Elegia which was premiered by Trudy Kane, Thomas Sleeper and the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Kane performed the Zwillich Concerto at the 2016 NFA Convention. At the 2018 Convention she and the Frost Flute Ensemble performed Thomas Sleeper’s Concerto for Flute and Flute Orchestra. In 2017 Thomas Sleeper wrote a Flute Sonata for her and pianist Oleksii Ivanchenko which they performed at Frost and at the 2018 Florida Flute Convention.
Kane has been active in commissioning new works – especially from the Frost faculty. They include several for the flute ensemble including Thomas Sleeper’s Concerto for Flute and Flute Orchestra, Dorothy Hindman’s Mechanisms, and Lansing McLoskey’s …que la tierra se partió por su sonido. Valerie Coleman wrote Matisseries for solo flute for Trudy Kane in 2019.
In addition to her own many solo performances, Kane has brought the Frost Flute Ensemble to perform at the Florida Flute Convention multiple times, the National Flute Convention, the New York Flute Fair and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Kane has also been actively arranging works for Flute Ensemble. Her publications include arrangements of Act 2 of Puccini’s La Boheme, Intermezzo to Act III of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Smetana’s Overture to the Bartered Bride; flute quartets including: Carmen for Four, Gossec Tambourin, Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee, and the Final Trio from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Little Piper has published her cadenzas to the Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major and her transcription of the Fauré Violin Sonata. Her transcription of Act 2 of Puccini’s La Boheme was performed for the first time in Italy on March 31, 2019.
Trudy Kane gives masterclasses around the world – most recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
Kane is currently a Consulting Editor at Flute Talk magazine articles for Flute Talk include: That’s SO Difficult and Keeping Music Fresh. Her article VIBRATO! is published in the second National Flute Association Pedagogy book.
Professor Kane loves working with her students and her favorite title is teacher. She was the 2015 recipient of the Phillip Frost award for excellence in teaching and scholarship. She retired from the Frost School in May of 2019 and now holds the title of Emeritus.