Hailed for her breathtaking technical skill, intoxicating musicality and deep interpretational understanding, flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player, and teacher. A winner in the 1999 Concert Artists Guild Competition, she was the first ever recipient of the Community Concerts Performance Prize. Her other honors include top prizes in numerous competitions including the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition, the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the Flute Talk Competition.
Ms. Reuter-Pivetta has performed as concerto soloist with many orchestras including the International Music Program Orchestra on a tour of Italy, Switzerland and Germany, the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Lawton (OK) Philharmonic, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Debra Reuter-Pivetta is a founding member of the newly formed flute, viola and harp trio, the Fire Pink Trio. Dedicated to the performance of contemporary music and rarely heard works, Ms. Reuter-Pivetta has given many premieres both as soloist and chamber artist. She gave the North Carolina premiere of Gabriela Frank’s Sueños de Chambi in 2009; and in 2008, she gave the world premiere of a piece for flute, bass trombone and electronic sounds by Dr. Thomas Clark. Other premieres include chamber works by Margaret Vardell Sandresky, Robert Dick and Lawrence Dillon. Debra Reuter-Pivetta has recorded chamber works by Undine Smith Moore, William Banfield, and Anthony Kelley on the Albany label.
Debra Reuter-Pivetta has recorded works by Böhm, Bozza, Saint-Saëns, Guiot and Burton with her husband, pianist Federico Pivetta. Their critically acclaimed CD is entitled “Passion and Romance”, and has aired frequently on public radio stations across the country. American Record Guide says, “they play beautifully together.” The couple performs extensively together. Performance highlights for the Pivetta Duo include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Community Concerts showcases in New York City and Charlotte, recitals in northern Italy and an extensive concert tour performing in 75 cities nationwide.
Debra Reuter-Pivetta is the principal flutist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the flute instructor at Salem College. Ms. Reuter-Pivetta is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Philip Dunigan.
Federico Pivetta is a versatile pianist with a unique mastery of both classical and jazz styles. An active accompanist, chamber musician and teacher, he has made numerous recital appearances with his wife, flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta and in 1995 they released their critically acclaimed CD, “Passion and Romance.” In February of 1999 they were winners of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition, winning the Community Concerts Performance Prize. The year 2000 marked the beginning of an extensive concert tour across the United States. He has also accompanied renowned tenor saxophonist James Houlik in concerts across the United States, Caribbean and Europe. His collaborations with various jazz groups have resulted in several radio and television appearance and many recording projects. Other highlights include performances with jazz greats Ernie Watts, Reggie Workman, Al Jarreau and Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Pivetta is an active freelance musician and maintains a private teaching studio as well. Federico Pivetta earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts and his teachers have included Eric Larsen, Anne Epperson and Barbara Lister-Sink.
The Pivettas are active volunteers with the Meals on Wheels Association of America. The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The Meals On Wheels Association of America provides the tools and information its programs need to make a difference in the lives of others.
Both Debra and Federico enjoy cycling as part of their fitness and well being. Federico's greatest acheivement is being a cancer survivor.