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Cobber Flutist Takes on Italy

Alexandra “Lexi” Brouillard ’19 took her musical talents abroad to Italy.

Brouillard, a flute player, spent two weeks in Acqui Terme, Italy, at InterHarmony, an international music festival held in both Italy and Germany this year. She was introduced to the festival by her flute professor, Deb Harris. Harris taught at the festival and Brouillard participated as a performing student. 

InterHarmony International Music Festival invites students and professors to study with its international staff of soloists and chamber musicians for up to six weeks of string, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion or vocal instruction.

Brouillard performed in two chamber ensembles at this year's festival, a Martinů trio for flute, violin and piano; and a Doppler trio arranged for flute and piano.

 “I also played Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as principal flute in the orchestra,” said Brouillard.

Guest artists from around the world are also brought in to the festival. This year’s guest artists included Misha Quint on cello, Bruno Canino on piano, Shlomo Mintz on violin, and Vadim Repin on violin.

“Each day there were multiple master classes to attend as well as chamber ensemble rehearsals, orchestra rehearsals, and private lesson times,” Brouillard explained.

Apart from practicing and learning, there were a lot of things to do in Italy for two weeks, including seeing more of the country.

“We traveled to Milan and spent the day sightseeing and shopping in one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world,” she said. “The city center is absolutely gorgeous and has any kind of shop imaginable.”

Being part of InterHarmony has also had a significant impact on her plans post college.

“This festival has further solidified my decision to make performing music my career and gives me the confidence and motivation to strive even further for excellence,” said Brouillard.