Director of Woodwind Studies + Flute
John Barcellona is the Director of Woodwind Studies and Professor of Flute at CSULB and flutist with the internationally acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet (recordings on Columbia, Crystal and WIM). The Quintet has recently recorded the complete 24 Quintets of Anton Reicha (available as a 12 CD set on Crystal Records). He is also a member of The Caliendo Trio, with guitarist/composer, Christopher Caliendo and Cellist, Ian Flatt. The Caliendo Trio released its first CD Caliendo World Music Hits, Volume I, in August 2007. The Caliendo Barcellona Duo and Caliendo Trio are currently performing concerts throughout the United States. He also teaches doctoral students at Claremont Graduate University and plays traverso in the Faculty Trio with harpsichordist Robert Zappulla and Shanon Zusman on viola da gamba.
An active freelance musician in the Southern California area, he has played Principal Flute with the Pacific Symphony, the Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Joffery and the San Francisco Ballet. Studio credits include recordings for Disney such as the motion picture The Newsies, and film scores composed by Christopher Caliendo. His solo album, Is this the Way to Carnegie Hall? (w/Calvin Smith, horn) was nominated to the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy award.
He was also a member of the Moyse Duo, with pianist, Louis Moyse. He is active on the masterclass/recital circuit and has collaborated with many prominent flutists including Julius Baker, William Bennett, Michel Dubost, Louis Moyse, Robert Dick, Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc and many others. He has been design consultant for the A.D. Geoffrey, Natuski, Maramatsu Flute Companies and was also the designer of the Barcellona Model Kori Flute. He has written a column for Flute Talk magazine entitled,
The Flute Doctor. This was their first and only series of complete flute pedagogy articles. He has written an intonation article for the 2nd edition of the NFA Pedagogy Anthology to mark the 40th anniversary of the NFA.
He has been guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for the 30th consecutive year and has made several appearances at the International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 15 -28, 2013, he will be coordinating a flute seminar for CSU Summer Arts at Monterey Bay, featuring flutist, Carol Wincenc.
He received his B.M. from Hartt School of Music, M.A. from CSULB and D.M.A. from USC. His principle teachers were Harold Bennett (NY Metropolitan Opera), Carl Bergner (Hartford Symphony), Roger Stevens (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and John Wummer (New York Philharmonic).