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Laura Falzon Baldacchino

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University 
  • Ed.M. Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.M.  University of South Florida 
  • F.L.C.M. London College of Music (UK)
  • L.L.C.M. London College of Music (UK)
  • A.L.C.M. London College of Music (UK)

Scholarly Interests

Applied Music, Chamber music, Pedagogy of Music, Music Education, Music Interpretation, Mediterranean music, Intercultural music, Contemporary and 20th Century music

Selected Publications

active professional organizations

  • ISME  International Society of Music Education
  • CMS College Music Society
  • NFA National Flute Association
  • CIMA Centre for Intercultural Music Arts (UK)
  • CMA Chamber Music America

useful web sites

professional presentations


·       Jersey Arts Trust (UK) – Commissioning grant (1993)

·       Rockefeller Foundation – Residencies and commissioning grant (1994 and 1995)

·       British Arts Council (through West Midlands Arts) — Professional Development Grant (1997)

·       University of South Florida — Academic scholarship (1999)

·       West Midlands Arts (UK) – Commissioning grant (2001)

·       Warwick Arts Festival & British Arts Council (UK) – Commissioning grant (2002)

·       Scottish Arts Council (UK) – Commissioning grant (2003)

·       Hope Scott Trust (UK) – Commissioning grant (2003)

·       The Centre for Intercultural Musicology, Churchill College, Cambridge University (UK) – Commissioning grant (2005)

·       President’s Community and Diversity Grant Fund: CCD, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) – (2005)

·       Betty Fairfax Grant, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, New York City – Professional Development grant (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

·       The Centre for Intercultural Musicology, Churchill College, Cambridge University (UK) — commissioning grant (2006)

·       College Music Society (USA) – Conference presentation grant (2007)

·       Music & Music Education program, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) – Endowment Grant (2008)

·       Music Research Institute (USA) — Conference presentation grant (2009)

·       Conference presentation grant. Dept. of Arts & Humanities, Music & Music Education program, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) — (2009)

·       New York Women Composers (USA) — Seed Grant (2009)

·       Sparkplug Foundation (USA) —  recording grant ( 2010)

·       The Research Foundation, CUNY — Course Development Fund (2012)

·      Professional Development Fund, CUNY PSC — (2012)

biographical information

LAURA FALZON BALDACCHINO  has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the Musical Times magazine for her "versatile technique", by the British Flute Society's PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as "fearless in tackling and promoting it", and hailed by the Music & Musicians as "an excellent instrumentalist", Dr. Falzon, an ardent advocate of contemporary music, has premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng, African drums and tabla. Padma Phool is one such work written for her by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway). Amongst the list of works premiered are works by composers like Shirish Korde, Theodore Wiprud, Alvin Singleton, Mohammed Fairouz, Charles Camilleri, Reza Vali, Akin Euba and Geoff Poole. The recipient of numerous awards, she has received grants and awards from, amongst others, The British Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cambridge University, NY Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, and Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia University, she also studied in England with Royal Academy of Music professor and principal flutist of the London Sinfonietta Sebastian Bell and with Julius Baker, Susan Milan and Kim McCormick. She is a founding member and artistic director of Id-Dinja ensemble and ISSA Sonus ensemble, and, as well as having a full schedule of performances, she teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the City College of New York, CUNY.

honors and awards

  • Rotary Foundation (UK) – Ambassadorial Scholar

  • Columbia University (USA) — Post-Doctoral Fellow