Classical Music Masterclasses in Vienna, Austria



James Strauss

 Brazilian flutist, James Strauss, has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the chamber and concerto repertoire,. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “The Lang Lang of the flute” says the Arizona Daily Star. "Un grand bravo! An authentic Latin representative of the French School of Flute" said Jean Pierre Rampal.  Those fortunate enough to hear Brazilian flutist James Strauss immediately agree with the French Masters appreciation; it´s an extraordinary display of erudite musicianship allied with an innate sense of communication through Art.

Strauss is a musician with an equal flair for sweetness, elegance and whatever extremes possible inside the concept of dramatic intimacy all filtered through an honest and sincere skill to properly conceptualize a work. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary Masters in addition to endeavors in Brazilian and South American folk that perfectly reflects the many facets of his abilities in solo, chamber or concerto performances.

James Strauss is the first Brazilian flutist to ever be conceded a Diplomme de Concertiste by the École Normale de Musique de Paris. He was one of very few last disciples of Jean-Pierre Rampal. Strauss was laureate with a scholarship by the French government for the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot de Paris where he studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud, Alain Marion, Genevieve Martigny, Alain Menard, Maurice Pruvot, Lazlo Hadadi, Bernard Andrés and later masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Ransom Wilson, Michel Moragues, Michel Debost. Strauss was laureate in many international competitions and awards as:

· UFAM – Concours International de Musique de Chamber 1st Prize

· UFAM – Concours International de Flute 1st Prize ( France )

· Concours International de la Ville de Lempdes – best interpretation of contemporary piece ( France)

· Concours du jeune Flutiste 2st prize - Morangis   ( France)

·  Premio Carlos Gomes – Brazil

·  Huesped Ilustre de la Ciudad de Guayaquil ( Ecuador)

Strauss has a special interest in new music and unconventional repertoire, which has led many composers to dedicate works to him including the world or local premières of works by Philip Glass, Alexander Arutiunian Nicole Randall, Solfa Carlile, Sean Hickey, Glenn Roger Davis, Ricardo Tacuchian, Philip Czaplowski,  Dimitri Cervo, Julio Medaglia, Charles Chaynes, Jean Françaix, Thorkel Sigibjornsson, Ezequiel Diz, Betholven Cunha  and many others. He gave the modern première on the piccolo of the fourth piccolo concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, discovered by the French musicologist Jean Cassignol.

He is regularly featured in the international press, as guest on NPR's Performance Today, Bowed Radio, WGUC FM , RADIO FRANCE INERNATIONAL, Radio Classique  and he were host and performer on the Musical TV show in Brazil  Musicas que elevam at the REDE MUNDIAL. The Falls House Press/Theodore Presser Company published James Strauss's discovery and reconstruction of the Concertstuck for flute by Tchaikovsky. Strauss has been guest soloist with orchestras including: Capriccioso Chamber Ensemble (Finland), Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (France), Israeli Virtuosi (Israel), Orchestre Philharmonic de Sibiu (Romania), Oxford Chamber Orchestra (UK), Tokyo Chamber Orchestra (Japan), Orquestra Sinfonica do Recife”( Brazil), Orquestra Sinfonica de São José dos Campos ( Brazil), Bachiana Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil ( Ecuador)  ,Orquesta Sinfonica de Cuenca ( Ecuador) , Orquestra Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa ( exico)   Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional de Brasilia and many others.

Respected for his inspiring teaching, Strauss has taught master classes and performed recitals for universities and flute societies, such Miami University (USA), Iceland Academy of Arts ( Iceland), Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris ( France), the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho Fortaleza CEARA (Brazil) - Londrina Music Festival (Brazil), Venezuela Simon Bolivar Conservatory. Active recording artist for the Label CAPRICCIOSO – He already collaborated 10 cds with artists as Israeli Virtuosi ( Tchaikovsky and Brazilian flute concertos) , Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela , Ada Pelleg, Regina Glasunova, Miyo Umezu, Alfonso Lopez, Camerata Simon Bolivar and others. Actually, Strauss is based in Quito/Ecuador where he enjoys a multi-faceted career as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher.


July 22nd – August 2nd. Concert on August 2nd

Closing concert will be on Friday the 2nd of August. 

Availability and Application Deadline

There is currently place for 14  flutists with 2 scholarships

available for Venezuelan applicants.

Deadline: July 1st, 2019


The Vienna Classical Masterclasses are pleased invite all flutists, world-wide to attend masterclasses, hosted by the Razumovsky Salon, in Vienna, Austria. 

The course will start on Monday, 22nd of July and conclude on the Friday the 2nd of August, finishing with a concert on the Friday evening.

This course focuses on interpretive practices of the repertoire for the flute. The Master Classes will be divided into an expository part and a part in which students will perform works of their choice.