...is a uniquely versatile musician whose expertise spans the length and breadth of flute repertoire. James Oestreich in The New York Times proclaimed him " a gifted flutist who delights as much in versatility as in sheer virtuosity," praised his " impressive artistry " and commented that "Mr. Hulbert seemed as fully at home on the old wooden instrument as on his modern metal one." He made his New York recital debut as an Artists International Special Presentation Award Winner on January 24, 1993. Music critic Alex Ross called the concert, at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, an " impressive New York recital debut ," adding that " Mr. Hulbert's playing was at a high level throughout; his closing rendition of Copland'sDuo for Flute and Piano provoked a full standing ovation, by no means an everyday occurrence in Weill Hall." In July 1993, he was invited to perform in Southern France at the St. Cyprien International Festival of the Arts, garnering praise from the press as "le virtuose de la flûte "
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Don Hulbert is an active free-lance musician and recitalist in the New York area, and has performed with groups as diverse as Friends & Enemies of New Music and Music Before 1800, and in venues as varied as Merkin Concert Hall and Performance Space 122 in New York’s East Village. He performs regularly with the American Virtuosi (an early-music ensemble) and is a founding member of the Castillo Cultural Center. Mr. Hulbert has presented a number of world première performances, including The New Math(s) by Louis Andriessen with Ensemble Sospeso at Columbia University’s Miller Theater; Martin Hennessy’s Le virus s’amuse (which was commissioned especially for Mr. Hulbert) in New York and Benjamin Fraser in Charlottesville, Virginia; (Unlikely) Aspirations for solo flute and imaginary creatures by Kirk Nurock; and Majnun Songs by Alla Borsova. Future engagements include a solo recital in St. Louis, Missouri, From the Garden — Live!, which will be broadcast on public radio. This past summer he performed music by the late Lee Gannon at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. In past seasons, Don Hulbert appeared as M. Beranger (as well as performing with the orchestra) in the New York Premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s one-act opera The End of A World, with Encompass Opera, and participated in performances of music by Fred Newman (arranged by David Truskinoff) for the Castillo Theater’s production of the German playwright Heiner Müller’s Explosion of a Memory, Description of a Picture, and the New York Premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Legacy for flute and piano. In addition, he presented solo recitals in Salzburg, Austria during the Salzburg Festival and in St. Louis, Missouri with Stan Ford, a noted pianist and a Professor at the Mozarteum. Mr. Hulbert was a winner in 1982 of the New York Flute Club’s Young Artist Competition, and is a recipient of the Rathaus Family Memorial Award and the Karol Rathaus Memorial Award. He can be heard on the title track of Centaur Records’ Illegal Edge: Music by José Halac. He is a board member of the New York Flute Club, serving as Membership Secretary.