American Airlines Flies Young Artist to Switzerland for Masterclass, Sir James Galway Festival

Washington, D.C. (August 22, 2013) – Called a “rising star” by world renown flutist Sir James Galway, local Fairfax Station flutist Emma Resmini has just returned from a summer to remember. Emma may only be 13 years old, but she has already reached significant milestones as a musician.

For the second consecutive year, she was selected to participate in the Sir James Galway Masterclass and to perform in the Sir James Galway Festival, held in Weggis, Switzerland annually. Only 30 flutists are selected to study and play with Sir James each year.

Emma first played the flute when she was only 3 years old. She quickly progressed through simple flute instruction and grew into a master flutist. At age 7, Emma began studying under Alice Kogan Weinreb of the National Symphony Orchestra. As a 6th grader, admitted by special exception, Emma became the youngest participant ever in the National Symphony Youth Fellowship. She has since become a frequent performer on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Emma has soloed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

With the support of American Airlines and local business owners Susan Davis and Jim May, Emma was able to study for 10 days with acclaimed flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway and Lorna McGhee.

“American Airlines was delighted to support Emma, an extremely talented young woman,” said Will Ris, senior vice president, American Airlines.

Emma is scheduled to perform with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2014 in Laredo, Texas, and to participate in the Rock Creek Chamber Music Series in Washington, D.C. Emma is the daughter of Marilyn and Ronald Resmini.