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I first heard of Jeffrey when we were both students at The Juilliard School. While I was a saxophone major at that time, I was also studying flute very seriously with Tom Nyfenger and becoming more enamored of the flute repertoire, pedagogy, recordings, and great performers on the instrument. The flute class at Juilliard was particularly inspiring during those years with Julius Baker and Sam Baron serving as the flute instructors. I frequently attended flute recitals and asked questions of the flute majors to learn more. The practice rooms at Juilliard were particularly hard to get into since the pianists & violinists seemed to live in them 24/7. While typically waiting for a room to open, I would often hear a flute player practicing in the same corner room of the 3rd floor who sounded fantastic. However, because of the shape of the room, you couldn’t see the person practicing by looking through the room’s window. One day I saw a tall, studious young fellow with black glasses carrying a briefcase exit the room. He was in a hurry so I never got a chance to talk to him. Who was that masked man? I came to find out that his name was Jeffrey Khaner. Five years later I heard that name again when he was awarded the principal flute position in the Cleveland Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Maurice Sharp. I’ve followed Jeffrey’s career from that moment on and had the honor of having him play a recital for my students several years ago at a university where I was teaching. He has grown to become a world-class artist and teacher and I am very honored to present his interview as the latest installment in the Woodwind Legacy Series.
*Jeffrey Khaner will be the featured guest artist at the 2019 New York Flute Club Flute Fair on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Please visit the Club’s website for more details at: https://www.nyfluteclub.org.