Louise DiTullio Luncheon – August 18, 2010

Louise was a delightful guest and honoree. She was hosted by ASMAC Board member Jeannie Pool, and told many interesting stories about her career. Her stories involved film composers such as David Rose, John Williams, Lawerence Rosenthal, conductor Lionel Newman and many others. She has come out with a new CD of her performances on film compositions.

Biography

Louise DiTullio is one of the most widely heard flutists today, having performed on over 1,200 motion picture and television scores during the last four decades. Though her name may not be immediately recognizable, years of recordings have brought her artistry to a vast audience.Following in the footsteps of her father and two uncles, Louise was the fourth DiTullio to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra before the age of twenty. While in the Philharmonic, Louise performed as Principal Flute with the Columbia Symphony, recording many of Igor Stravinsky’s works under the baton of the composer. After six years with the Philharmonic, performing in both the Assistant Principal Flute and Solo Piccolo positions, she resigned to pursue a more varied career in both classical and recording work.The ensuing years brought success in all aspects of the recording world. Her playing was heard nightly on television in shows such as: Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Dallas. The list of film composers with whom she has collaborated includes the most distinguished names in music today. Composer John Williams, arguably the most honored film composer in history, refers to Ms. DiTullio as being “in the very front rank among the world’s great flutists.” Her playing can be heard on the albums of recording stars Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett, Kenny G, and Michael Jackson. She has performed on numerous classical recordings ranging from chamber music to a concerto album with the English Chamber Orchestra. Ms. DiTullio has been the recipient of several awards of recognition from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

While continuing her busy recording career, Ms. DiTullio has held the Principal Flute position in many Los Angeles area orchestras, including the Orange County Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. A partial list of orchestras with which she has appeared as soloist includes the Boston Pops, Orange County Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Mexico City Symphony, and twenty-one seasons with the Carmel Bach Festival.

She has taught flute since the age of eighteen and has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and California State University at Fullerton. Several of her students now occupy the Principal Flute chairs in a number of major symphony orchestras and fill the ranks of working flutists throughout the country.