Solo piccolo and flutist Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic in 1979 at the age of 22, after performing for three seasons with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She received a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala, Bonita Boyd, and James Galway.
Ms. Kaufman has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. For one season
she substituted as principal flute with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She performs chamber music regularly with her colleagues in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and has performed at numerous music festivals, including Moab Music Festival, Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Benefaio Music Festival.
Ms. Kaufman has taught at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, created through a New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She has served on the faculties of Columbia University and Mannes Pre-College. Recordings include Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto with the Metropolis Ensemble for Naxos, a solo flute CD titled French Flute Music, as well as many recordings with the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Kaufman has also been a featured artist at the Japan Flute Convention and the National Flute Convention. A sought-after commercial musician, she has performed on more than 45 film sound tracks and numerous commercials.