World Flute Society


Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Caltech in Pasadena, California, but he is also a performer and authority on historical flutes. While on a sabbatical leave in London in 1979, he studied Baroque flute with Stephen Preston and continued his studies on flutes and historical and traditional performance practices, e.g. at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. He has performed with numerous Los Angeles area groups including the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Con Gioia, the Hollywood Early Music Players, and the Huntington Ensemble.

Rick has given lectures and demonstrations about historical instruments from his large collection of 18th and 19th century European and American flutes at conferences, colleges, and workshops around the country and internationally. He has published articles on flutes and a facsimile edition of an early Romantic English flute method. His Web site about historical flutes is well known and has influenced musicians around the world.

Rick regularly accompanies readings of poetry by his wife Kath Abela Wilson and other poets. He has done this locally, nationally, and internationally using the Japanese shakuhachi, Persian and Arabic neys, Chinese xiao, ancient rim-blown forms of Native American flutes, and other world flutes.