JOHN HERRICK LITTLEFIELD
The flautist John Herrick Littlefield made his New York City Carnegie Recital Hall début when he was nineteen and has since toured extensively throughout the United States as well as in the former Soviet Union with a variety of ensembles including the flute and classical guitar duo Herrick & Handler, a flute and piano duo with his wife Karen Littlefield and with The Herrick Ensemble, an ensemble under his direction comprised of flute, clarinet, harp, piano and string quintet that has toured extensively under Kazuko Hillyer, Int. and was honoured to be one of the few ensembles selected by Chamber Music America and Symphony Space to perform on the celebration of their joint 25th anniversaries and aired over WNYC. He has been featured with critical acclaim at the Philips Gallery in Washington D.C., the Harvard Music Club, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City, the Chicago Chamber Music Society, Prince Vladimir’s Palace in the former Leningrad, and at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi, Soviet Georgia, amongst many other venues.
Though he has always favoured chamber music, his career as a flautist has also included solo and orchestral playing. He has performed concertos with the Haydn Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claude Monteux, the Chamber Orchestra at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, under the baton of Raphael Bronstein and at the Arcady Music Festival, in addition to having appeared on numerous occasions at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City with a variety of orchestras. He was one of the flautists in the Broadway Production of Evita, has been a member of the Orchestra of the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City and also, as an invited guest, shared the principle flute desk of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for what was reportedly the first public performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio in Leningrad after World War II. A gifted and creative teacher as well as performer, he teaches flute and conducts the chamber orchestra of the exclusive Spence School, an all-girls school in New York City. In addition he is on the faculty of the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, one of the state’s most distinguished prep schools.
Descended from one of Colonial Maine’s leading families, John Herrick Littlefield has spent every summer since 1988 on the faculty of the Encore/Coda Music Festival and Camp, in Sweden, Maine, where he is the Principal Flute of the Festival Orchestra, and where he teaches flute repertoire and chamber music performance. A former student of the eminent flautists Julius Baker, Frances Blaisdell, and of the flautist and conductor Claude Monteux, he was coached in chamber ensemble performance by Jaime Laredo, Raphael Hillyer and William Kroll. His articles have been published in Chamber Music Magazine and Flute Talk. He plays a gold flute made by Sankyo.