Ulla Miilmann, Flute


Flutist Ulla Miilmann was born in 1972 in Denmark. She received her Bachelor of Music at North Carolina School of the Arts in 1992. During her college years, Ms Miilmann was already selected as representative of Denmark in the European Broadcasting Union "Concerts for Young Soloist".

Ms. Miilmann is a prize winner in several competitions, including the prestigeous "Flute-Talk" competition in Chicago, and the Danish All Music Competition. In the latter she won a Gold Medal.

Ms. Miilmann is a frequent choice for honours and awards, due to her outstanding artistic ability as well as her devotion for the betterment of her community. The highly esteemed "Jacob Gade Award" and the "Newspaper Critics Artist Prize" come to mind.

In 1994, at the astonishing young age of 22, Ms. Miilmann became the principal flutist of The Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR. Since then she has appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in Copenhagen as well as on tour to Taiwan where Danish music was the main theme of the tour.

She has worked as a chamber musician all over Scandinavia with many respected ensembles and soloists; The Danish Radio Woodwind Quintet, pianist Katrine Gislinge, cembalist Lars Ulrik Mortensen and violinist Gidon Kremer to mention a few.

In February 2006, Ulla Miilmann was awarded a Grammy Nomination in the category "Best Solioist Performance with Orchestra" for the recording of Ole Schmidt´s "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra".

Ulla Miilmann plays a Miyazawa prototype handcrafted platinum flute with golden mechanism and a Yamaha wooden flute exclusively for baroque performances.


Ulla Miilmann's appearance world wide.

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Delightful Flutist
Fri, 2008-02-15
…Right from the beginning of the silk like dolce and gentle dictation one had to prick ones ears. And in intimate cooperation with the pianos supple imaginative chamber-playing, the flute dug into the great piece’ (C. Franck: Sonata. red.) moods and structures with enormous flowing phrasing, living and expanding tone and above all, a certain and fascinating sense of earnest late-romantic declamation, whether it was about non-bodily floating, smiling grace or intense pathos. In Prokofiev’s, also very favorite Sonata in D-major the light changed. The air got sharper, the mind brighter, the rhythmic attention was in front without being intruding. Lyrical elegance and graceful line-artistry was in the high-seat – from subtle, light ironic sweetness to the blue-eyed innocence of the andante. But also the hazardous, spirit-full scherzo was performed with cheerful bravura. The concert was indeed a pleasure from beginning to end. (Jan Jacobi, Politiken)
Diverse Sources
Wed, 2007-04-04
Ulla Miilmann nominated in the category Best Instrumental Soloist Performance There are several remarkable things about this release. The recording quality is astounding. The 4 concertos themselves are very rewarding in their wide range and musical content and the superb playing which is beyond criticism. (SA-CD.net) Med Schmidts uforudsigelige tonesprog kommer man vidt omkring i følelsernes dybe afkroge. Munterhed afløser alvor, og det melodiøse afløser det komplicerede. (Musikeren) Denne cd skal ikke bare høres som en national pligt, men fordi det er god musik, som enhver vil have glæde af at lytte til - gerne flere gange. Og så er alle solisterne fantastiske. (Dansk Musik Tidsskrift) There is much enjoyable music in all four works, splendidly performed in first-rate sound. (Nordic Sounds) There´s a likeness to Edward Gregson´s wind concerti at times: and that, meaning tunefullness, idiomatic writing and lively ideas, is a compliment indeed. (Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News) Virile recording quality...wonderfully provocative writing deeply harnessed to romantic models but breathing a wholly comtemperary ozone. (Musicweb International)
Intelligent Brilliance
Sat, 2008-03-01
It is rare that the Danish Radio Orchestra's own principal players are in front of the orchestra, but with a principal flutist of Ulla Miilmanns calibre there is no reason to go across the brook to fetch water. Iberts “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra” is elegant, eloquent and gently perfumed. But Ulla Miilmann succeeded in bringing out considerable measures of melancholy and reflection between the virtuosic artistry and lively rhythm. Jakob Levinsen
Great Experience!
Sat, 2008-03-01
Ulla Miilmann was soloist in Iberts “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra” and she was outstanding. Miilmann played with great surplus and built up an almost meditating atmosphere where every phrase was passed on with a presence and musicality that left you in a state of pure bliss. In the lively third movement Miilmann not only played the music but toyed with Ibert´s many difficult and challenging passages and made them sound like the easiest thing in the world. Thomas Stolting
Natural Authority
Sat, 2008-03-01
Ulla Miilmann captured the podium with natural authority. With her characteristic full sound and her extreme physical and expressive playing, she set the orchestra a dynamic match. She clearly enjoyed going to the limit on the instrument. The second movement contained all contrasts and colours: crystal clear light and gloomy darkness. Depth, intensiveness and desperate scream. From here on to the spirited finale. In the cadenzas the flute returned to the extremes - from hysteria to breathless silence. Christine Christiansen
Tones from Paradise
Fyens Stiftstidende
Sat, 2011-02-12
Carl Nielsen's Flute Concerto is unpredictable; seductive and cheeky but also poetic and aggressive. We have heard the concerto so many times in connection with the Carl Nielsen Competition, but how wonderful it was to enjoy it this time with an experienced and mature artist who knows what she wants. Ulla Miilmann is a musician who is not afraid to use herself, her body language and her full and golden sound to give the concerto exactly the spirit Carl Nielsen wanted. The flute is a mild instrument but of its own mind. Ulla Miilmann proved this to us with elegance and conviction.
Chamber Music on the Highest Level
Kristeligt Dagblad
Wed, 2013-07-03
"Even if one has had only a distant connection to Danish music life in the past few years, one will not be surprised to discover that Ulla Miilmann and Jens Elvekjær are an excellent combination. There was also a long line of people waiting to be admitted into the Tivoli Concert Hall, where flute sonatas by Carl Reinecke, César Franck and Sergej Prokofiev were on the programme." "Miilmann and Elvekjær played the sonatas brilliantly. The two excellent musicians have several traits in common. They play with impressive superiority, technical difficulties non-existent - and they are both saturated by a healthy musicality: They are so certain in what they do and want, that they do not need to force tempi or exaggerate - they let the music flow on its own terms. One must use the expression "world class" sparingly. Here it is absolutely appropriate." Peter Dürrfeld
Fagotten der havde ondt i maven
With Tommy Kenter, narrator
Den ensomme tone, De Gyldne Sko
With Tommy Kenter, narrator
Frederich Kuhlau: Early Works For 1, 2, & 3 Flutes
1. Grand Trios (3) for 3 Flutes, Op. 13: no 1 in D major 2. Grand Trios (3) for 3 Flutes, Op. 13: no 2 in G minor 3. Grand Trios (3) for 3 Flutes, Op. 13: no 3 in F major With Toke Lund Christiansen, Mikael Beier
Jan Maegaard: Works of...
Elegy of Equinox op. 28 (1955) For Mezzo Soprano, Cello and Organ - Quieto - Andante - Maestoso - Moderato - Allegro - Andante - Recitativo solemne - Quieto - Labirinto I per viola sola, op. 77 (1986) - Canon for three flutes, op. 68 (1981) Musica Riservata II, op. 61 (1976) - Figura - Sonata - Nenia - Contrappunto
Carl Nielsen: Chamber Music Vol. 1
Piano Trio in G major: - I. - II. Andante - III. Allegro grazioso Serenata in vano - for clarinet, bassoon, french horn, cello and double bass Wind Quintet Op. 43: - Allegro ben moderato - Menuetto - Praeludium - Tema con variazioni Fantasy Piece for Clarinet and Piano in G minor: - Two Fantasy Pieces Op. 2 (for oboe and piano) - Romance: Andante con duolo - Humoresque: Allegro scherzando Canto serioso - for french horn and piano From “Moderen”: - Tågen letter, for flute and harp - Børnene leger, for flute solo - Tro og Håb spiller, for flute and viola
Music for Wind Quartet: Nielsen, Mortensen et al.
Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet, op. 43; - Allegro ben moderato - Menuetto - Praeludium - - Tema con variazioni OttoMortensen: Quintette pour flûte, hautbois, clarinette, cor et basson; - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegretto grazioso - Lento - Allegro vivace Jørgen Jersild: "At spille i skoven" Serenade for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon; - Giocoso - Tempo agitato - Andantino pasorale - Vivo Henning Wellejus: Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon; - Allegro affabile - Allegretto grazioso - Andante - Rondo: Allegro giocosoJersild &
Schmidt: Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Ole Schmidt. This recording has been Grammy nominated.
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