He is a
flautist specialising in contemporary music, composer, producer, teacher
and author who was born in Los Angeles and began studying the flute when he was
eight years old. When he was
just sixteen he played with the Denver Symphony as a piccolo soloist.
He studied on
a scholarship at the University of Southern California and when he was just 20 years old he was
working as a piccolo player for the 20th Century Fox Orchestra
and was the youngest contract musician in Hollywood.
In 1975 he
recorded as a member of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra and has since also performed
as First Flute with the Glendale Symphony since the late 1980s and in 1996
was First Flute with the Hollywood Festival Orchestra for their Video and
CD of Three Sopranos. The
following year he could be heard as Principal Flute with the Hollywood
Academy Awards Orchestra and has performed with them several times since. Other orchestras he has lent his
talents to include the Harlem,
Houston and San Francisco Ballets.
This was the
beginning of an incredibly successful career that has seen him performing
on literally thousands of TV and movie soundtracks, often as a soloist, most
notably on the theme from Mission
A few of these
movie and TV soundtracks include Apollo
13, The Color Purple, The Dead Pool, The
Enforcer, E.T., Ghost, Kung Fu, Independence Day, Jaws, Jumanji,
Out of Africa, Patriot Games, Roots, Rush Hour II, Scent of A Woman, The
Scorpion King, Spitfire Grill, Star
Trek: Nemesis, Stripes and
Titanic, where he played the solo
on “My Heart Will Go On”.
He has performed
several premiers such as “Concerto” for flute and orchestra by
John Williams and “On the Wings of the Wind” for solo flute and
orchestra by Harry Bulow. He has also worked with hundreds of
artists and musicians during his career with just a few of these including Christina
Aguilera, Paul Anka, David Arnold, George Duke, Randy
Edelman, Michael Feinstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Jascha
Heifetz, Jelly, Minnie Riperton,
Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa.
output is massive and a small selection includes his releases Boccherini: Six Sonatas, Caliendo:
Torbellino – 10 Tangos for Flute and
Guitar, Chihara: Willow, Willow, Lazarof: Chamber Music, Levitch:
Quintet for Flute and Strings as well as Be Not Nobody by Vanessa Carlton, 40/40 by The Carpenters, Still
Unforgettable by Natalie Cole, Hard
Time For Lovers by Judy Collins,When My Heart
Finds Christmas by Harry Connick Jr., The Movie
Album: As Time Goes By by Neil Diamond, A Christmas to Remember by Amy
Grant, Ultimate Mancini by Henry
Mancini, The Greatest Songs of the
Eighties by Barry Manilow, That’s What Friends Are For by
Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams and A Merry Little Christmas by Linda Ronstadt.
As a composer
his works include “Bon Voyage” for flute and 6-string bass, “Laisse Le Voler” for
flute and marimba, “Robin Hood Fantasy” for solo bas flute, “Irish in the Lowlands”, Soulscapes and Timeline and he performed a concert of his works along with
other pieces at the NFA Annual Convention in San Diego in 2005.
As a producer
he produces CDs with his sister Kathy Stokes who is a singer and teacher or
piano and vocal studies.
acclaimed for his work as a flautist he was presented with the MVP Award by
the Natonal Academy of Arts and Sciences annually
from 1981 to 1983 and presented with their Emeritus Award in 1984.
In the field
of musical education he joined the faculty of UCLA in 1972 as a flute
instructor and has since directed the UCLA Flute Consort. He has also held masterclasses
in Washington state and in Benidorm, Spain.
As an author
his Special Effects for the Flute
and Illustrated Method for Flute
have been published internationally with the latter being translated into
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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