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ANNE DIENER ZENTNER has been Principal Flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1971. She was appointed to this position immediately after she completed her Master's Degree at the Juilliard School, working on full scholarship with Julius Baker. While still a student at Juilliard she served as solo flutist with the Juilliard New Music Ensemble at Lincoln Center under Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, and Dennis Russell Davies.
In Los Angeles, Ms. Zentner served as principal flute for music directors Zubin Mehta, Carlo Giulini, André Previn, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also played under the direction of nearly every major conductor of our time, including Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Kurt Sanderling, and John Williams. Many of these performances were broadcast, telecast, or recorded.
Ms. Zentner's solo performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic have included the Bach B-minor Suite with Levine, the Cimarosa Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra with Jean-Pierre Rampal, the West Coast premiere of Bernstein's Halil with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Mozart Flute Concerto in D with Previn, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 under violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo (Ms. Zentner is also the featured flutist in the Philharmonic's Deutsche Grammophon recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos under Pinchas Zukerman), and, most recently, Vivaldi's C-minor Concerto under Nicholas McGegan at the Hollywood Bowl. In Febraury of 1995, she and Philharmonic co-principal Janet Ferguson played the world premiere performances of Steven Stucky's Concerto for Two Flutes, which is dedicated to Zentner and Ferguson. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the performances, which were broadcast on radio throughout Europe.
Ms. Zentner has served on the faculty of the University of Southern California. She was also Visiting professor of Flute at Rice University in Houston, Texas.