Powell Artist, Viviana Cumplido Wilson, joined the The Phoenix Symphony as Principal Flute in 2006. A native of Miami, Florida, she began her musical studies at age six as a pianist before discovering a passion for the flute. Her flute studies include work with Fenwick Smith at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Jim Walker at the University of Southern California, Catherine Ransom Karoly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Keith Underwood. Upon completion of her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California in 2003, Viviana was appointed the Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performed in this capacity with the TSO for three seasons. She has also performed with the New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, and American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. During the summer Viviana spends time in Boulder, Colorado performing with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra as well as the Britt Festival Orchestra in southern Oregon.
Known for her fearless virtuosity and consummate musicality, Viviana is equally accomplished on the orchestral and solo stage in repertoire that ranges from Baroque to contemporary. She performs regularly as a soloist and has been featured several orchestras including The Phoenix Symphony and the Tucson Symphony performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, Reinecke’s Flute Concerto, Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy, Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2, and Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto. In the summer of 2012 she was featured with the Colorado Music Festival in the North American premier of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Flute Concerto No.1. Viviana has also been invited as a guest artist for Jim Walker’s Beyond The Flute Masterclass held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, guest artist with the Arizona Flute Society’s annual Flute Festival and has performed in the 2007 National Flute Association’s Annual Convention held in Albuquerque, NM. She also competed in the 2006 Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark where she was the only American semi-finalist.
A strong advocate of music education, Viviana, while completing her Master of Music degree, worked in many Los Angeles inner-city schools as a Young Musician Foundation (YMF) Mentor, a very rewarding program giving hundreds of underprivileged children the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. In Tucson she was a participant in the Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) Program which uses the arts to help reinforce the academic curriculum.
Away from the flute, Viviana enjoys training for marathons and triathlons and in 2013 she completed her first (and probably only!) Ironman distance triathlon. She is also proud to serve as a volunteer for Hospice of the Valley, the largest not-for-profit hospice in the nation. Viviana is married to timpanist, Peter Wilson, and they reside in Phoenix with their menagerie of four legged furry children.