Paul Lustig Dunkel
Paul Lustig Dunkel, currently Principal Flute of the New York Ballet, studied flute, piano and conducting and has held appointments as Principal Flute of several American orchestras, also performing with the Royal Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet on its North American tours. He was a founder of the American Composers Orchestra, serving as its Resident Conductor, and for twenty-five years was Music Director of the award-winning Westchester Philharmonic. He has been a member of and conducted Speculum Musicae, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, The New York Chamber Soloists and the Festival Winds, and has taught at several leading American conservatoires.
Paul has recorded for Columbia, Nonesuch, CRI and Opus One, both as flautist and conductor. His commission of Melinda Wagner's Flute Concerto won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He is also a composer and arranger, and a number of his works have recently been performed by James Galway and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.