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Thies Roorda studied at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Paul Verhey and in the United States with the renowned Geoffrey Gilbert. After a long standing orchestral career with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, he now dedicates himself to specific periods of the flute repertoire that are of particular interest to him. His Naxos recordings, such as the complete works for flute by Karg-Elert and works by Widor, have received critical acclaim.

Several composers have dedicated works to Roorda, including Jean Françaix. Of the latter, he recorded the Divertimento for Flute and Piano accompanied by the composer himself. In addition, he has also recorded works by, among others, Giacinto Scelsi and Rudolf Escher. Roorda is a passionate teacher, recognised for how he addresses the expressive qualities of the flute and his ‘Blow How’ approach. He is professor of flute at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague and teaches privately in his studio in Amsterdam. He has taught masterclasses all over Europe, Australia and Canada.

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