"...the impact was startling, with the technical prowess of the player seemingly effortless..." The Mercury, Tasmania

Biography

Angus McPherson is an Australian flutist and arts journalist based in Sydney. He performs regular recitals around Australia and has performed and taught at the Canadian Flute Convention in Toronto, the National Flute Association Convention in the USA, the British Flute Society's Convention in the UK and at the Australian Flute Festival. In 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the contemporary opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. In Sydney, Angus has performed as a soloist with Orchestra 143, playing Vivaldi's Flute Concerto in D major, 'The Goldfinch', in 2013 and Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes in 2011. Angus runs classes on extended techniques, circular breathing and contemporary flute playing, and is a regular adjudicator at the NSW Flute Society's annual eisteddfod. His articles on flute playing have appeared in Flute Focus, Flute Tutor Australia, the British Flute Society's Journal, Pan, and the Dutch flute magazine, FLUIT.

Although Angus enjoys many styles of music, he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. Angus travelled to Hungary in 2014 to interview Hungarian flutist-composer Gergely Ittzés about his work and in 2011 visited New York to conduct interviews with contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; the Glissando Headjoint. Angus has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary.

Angus holds a PhD in Music from the University of Tasmania and completed a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Alexa Still. He holds an AMusA and LMusA (with Distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board. He was on the committee for the Flute Society of NSW from 2012 to 2018, serving as Events Registrar.

Angus is Deputy Editor at Australia's national arts and classical music magazine, Limelight, where he has interviewed artists from South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud.