David Shostac

David Shostac


“The title of world class musician is merited in every respect.” (from a review of a 2005 performance of the CPE Bach D Minor Flute Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra).

David Shostac, well-known for his performances throughout North America, is also principal flutist and a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  He has collaborated as a featured artist with conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Iona Brown, Christopher Hogwood, Cristof Perick, Gerard Schwarz, Claudio Scimone, Karl Richter, Helmut Rilling, Jorge Mester, Henryk Szeryng, Jeffery Kahane, and many others.  Critics in major cities have been unanimous in their praise-- terms such as “extraordinary”; “superb”; “sheer excellence”; “dazzling”; “staggering virtuosity”; “absolutely fabulous”; “finest in the country”; “world-class”; “a musician of the highest order” have been used to describe his performances.  Solo appearances have included the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, the Aspen Music Festival, Ojai Festival, Stratford (Ontario) Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and five National Flute Conventions.

Mr. Shostac has been principal flutist of the St. Louis, Milwaukee, and New Orleans Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Mostly Mozart, Ojai, Carmel Bach Festival and Aspen Chamber Orchestras.  In addition to his long tenure with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he performed as principal flutist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra for fifteen years.  Shostac is a former member of the American Symphony Orchestra with Leopold Stokowski, and has performed with the Boston Symphony (Seiji Ozowa, Erich Leinsdorf, and Eugene Ormandy) and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta).  He has appeared in recital with Jean Pierre Rampal, Roberta Peters and Victoria de Los Angeles, and can also be heard on sound tracks of hundreds of major motion pictures.

Shostac studied on scholarship with Julius Baker at Juilliard, from which he holds a Masters Degree, and also graduated “cum laude” from Occidental College.  As a student at Tanglewood  he was awarded the Henry B. Cabot Prize as the outstanding orchestral player, and the William Schwann award as well.  Recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants, he was also a prizewinner in the national Young Musicians Foundation solo competition and a first prize winner in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, judged by Heifetz and Piatigorsky.  He was also a touring artist for many years with the California Arts Council. 

Recent solo recordings include “Chamber Music Classics for Flute”, featuring 2002 Grammy Winners the Angeles String Quartet, and The Pacific Trio;  “J.S. Bach: The Six Flute Sonatas”, with the late great harpsichordist Igor Kipnis; “Masterpieces from the French Repertoire” and “Masterpieces Rediscovered” on Resort Classic;  “The Romantic Flute”, which was one of the best-selling classical flute recordings in the U.S. in 1998, and “The Romantic Flute, Volume 2”, both on Excelsior, are now re-released on Pacific Rainbow as “The New Romantic Flute, Volumes 1 and 2”.  Other recordings include a solo LP, “Love Letters”, on Crystal Records, just re-released as a CD; the Bach Brandenburg Concertos on Angel (re-released on Seraphim Classics); Honegger’s Concerto da Camera and Janacek’s Mladi  on Nonesuch with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; and the historic recording on Columbia of Terry Riley’s In C.   A new release by the Bel Arts Trio (David Shostac, flute; John Walz, cello; and James Smith, guitar) features the music of Gershwin, Bizet, Faure, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others. 

Formerly a professor at the University of Southern California and a member of the faculties of UCLA, UC Irvine, the Aspen Music School, California Institute of the Arts and the Henry Mancini Institute, he is currently on the faculty of California State University at Northridge.  His book, Super Warmups for the Flute (1992) is popular with students, teachers, and professionals.

Many of David Shostac’s recordings are available on iTunes as well as many other sites, for downloads and other purchases.  For more complete information, performances, teaching tips, motion pictures, etc., please contact the website

Coming soon:  A new release of Vivaldi Flute Concertos with The “Song of the Angels” Flute Orchestra, a unique new concept!  Other recordings to follow as well...