February 21, 2018
7:30 pm
WPAC Concert Hall

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In the true sense of wabi-sabi, where nothing lasts and nothing is finished, the International Wabi Sabi Duo (Dr. Sam Desmet, guitar & Dr. Emilio Rutllant, flute) continuously explores original repertoire and promotes new pristine compositions. The duo advocates compositions where both instruments show their potentiality and are equally represented. Therefore, goes back to the true meaning of chamber music.

Chilean flutist Dr. Emilio Rutllant is one of the most sought-after flutists in south Florida. He currently performs as principal flutist of the Miami City Ballet (Opus One Orchestra), South Florida Symphony, and the Boca Symphonia. As an active soloist, he has given recitals in North America, South America, and Europe. In the summer of 2013, he was given a private endowment to study with the principal flutist of the Teatro alla Scala, Marco Zoni in Milan, Italy.

Emilio earned both his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and Master’s degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami under the tutelage of Trudy Kane, former principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera. He currently studies with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra as a Professional Performance Certificate fellow at Lynn University.

With his first CD “study < > study”, Belgian guitarist Dr. Sam Desmet promoted and recorded guitar etudes and compositions of renowned composers such as Leo Brouwer, Angelo Gilardino and Simone Iannarelli, who praise the cd as an example of his refined musical personality. As a soloist and chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Desmet has performed in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan and the United States. He performs chamber music frequently with flutist Dr. Emilio Rutllant as Wabi-Sabi Duo and with pianist Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh as La Folia Duo.

He assisted, reviewed and proofread Concerto pour Guitare et Petit Orchestre opus 155 by Belgian composer Jean Absil upon request of musicologist Angelo Gilardino. Together with Dr. Gonzalo Gallardo, Mr. Desmet translated and published Solfėges and Vocalises opus 195 by Ferdinando Carulli based on manuscripts of 1822-6. It may still be the only tutor intended for guitarists to read, sing and play two lines of music simultaneously.

Dr. Desmet studied music performance and music pedagogy at the Belgian Royal Conservatory and completed his Doctorate at the Florida State University. His publications can be found under Berben Italy and Production d’oz.