In August, flutists Maxim Rubtsov and Diane Boyd Schultz collaborated on a performance for the National Flute Association's Annual (NFA) Convention in Minneapolis. It included selections from Hermitage Cats Save the Day with the participation of eight young flutists.
The partnership between Diane and Maxim began in 2009 at the University of Alabama, where the two flutists discovered a shared goal — to increase international understanding through music.
In 2013 the duo starred in Chris Brubeck’s jazz musical Hermitage Cats Save the Day, which premiered at the University of Alabama, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Their exchange of musical cultures continued in Moscow during 2015, and in New York during 2016. Their concert programs include a mix of Russian and American flute music in classical and contemporary genres.
The 2017 NFA program with pianist Denis Evstuhin represents Rubtsov's and Schultz's second concert in Minneapolis with Evstuhin. The first occurred on August 11 at The Museum of Russian Art, where the trio performed music from many countries, illustrating a wide range of themes, emotions and flute techniques.
As Diane and Maxim like to say, “Our instruments are small, but our message is big — together we have fun, make beautiful music, and our music is an expression of deep friendship and respect.”
Below: Maxim and Diane pose with the student flutists after their NFA performance.