PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Music Director Manfred Honeck on Wednesday announced that Lorna McGhee had been named principal flute.
McGhee, of Vancouver, British Columbia, will officially begin with the orchestra in January 2012. She, however, will appear with the PSO on the upcoming tour of Europe and during the 2011-2012 season. She performed with the PSO at Lanaudière, Quebec, in July 2010, and has previously recorded with the orchestra.
Scottish-born McGhee was formerly co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a position she held until immigrating to Canada in 1998. She has performed as guest principal with many orchestras, including the London Symphony, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and Pittsburgh Symphony. As a soloist, McGhee has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, & Victoria Symphony in Canada. In July 2004, she performed Penderecki’s flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA) under the baton of Krystos Penderecki himself.
McGhee is regularly featured in chamber music festivals in Canada and the States, including the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Sitka Summer Music Festival. McGhee studied with David Nicholson at the RSAMD and with William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence.