If you’ve been to the movies in the past 40 years, chances are you’ve heard the flute artistry of Louise DiTullio. One of the most widely heard flutists today, she has performed over a thousand motion picture and television scores in a career that spans four decades.
Born into a musical family, Louise was the fourth DiTullio to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra before reaching the age of 20, following in the footsteps of her father and two uncles. During this same period, Louise performed as Principal Flute with the Columbia Symphony, recording many of Igor Stravinky’s works under the baton of the composer. After six years with the Philharmonic, she found success in all aspects of the recording world.
Her playing was heard nightly on television in shows such as: Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons and Dallas. The list of film composers with whom she has collaborated includes the most distinguished names in music today. Composer John Williams, arguably the most honored film composer in history, refers to Ms. DiTullio as being “in the very front rank among the world’s great flutists”. Her playing can be heard on the albums of recording stars Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, Kenny G and Michael Jackson. She has performed on numerous classical recordings ranging from chamber music to a concerto album with the English Chamber Orchestra. Ms. DiTullio was the recipient of the “Most Valuable Player” award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the years 1975-1978 and received the Emeritus Award in 1980.
While continuing her busy recording career, Ms. DiTullio has held the Principal Flute position in many Los Angeles area orchestras, including the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra . A partial list of orchestras with which she has appeared as soloist includes the Boston Pops, the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Mexico City Symphony and the Carmel Bach Festival.
Louise has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and California Sate University at Fullerton. Several of her students now occupy the Principal Flute chairs in a number of major symphony orchestras and fill the ranks of working flutists throughout the country.
Ms. DiTullio now divides her time between Los Angeles and Oregon, where she and her husband, trumpet player Burnette Dillon, reside in the countryside of the beautiful Willamette Valley.
Editor’s Note: Ms. DiTullio has been a friend of this editor for a number of decades and we miss her to much that we thought we would promo her album that contains a number of movie themes she performed in.
Mike Russell, Publisher
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