Viviana Cumplido Wilson

Powell Artist Viviana Cumplido Wilson has served as Principal Flute of The Phoenix  Symphony since 2006, and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder since 2010. Prior to  her appointment in Phoenix, Viviana held the same position with the Tucson Symphony  for three seasons. 

Ms. Cumplido Wilson keeps busy with an active teaching and chamber music career  beyond her orchestral duties, and is a member of Urban Nocturnes, Phoenix’s premier  chamber group, as well as the Iris Orchestra in Memphis, TN. She has also performed  with the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Chamber Music Charleston, Olmos  Ensemble, Oregon Symphony, and the Britt Festival Orchestra. As concerto soloist,  Viviana has appeared with the orchestras of Phoenix, Tucson, and the Colorado Music  Festival in works of Nielsen, Ibert, Corigliano, Reinecke, Mozart, Bach, Chaminade, as  well as the North American premier of the brilliant Flute Concerto No. 1 by Mieczyslaw  Weinberg. She has also been a guest artist for Jim Walker’s Beyond The Flute  Masterclass held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and competed in the 2006 Carl  Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark where she was the only  American semi-finalist. 

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Ms. Cumplido Wilson began musical studies at age 6  on piano, before discovering her love of the flute and ensemble playing. Undergraduate  studies with Fenwick Smith at the New England Conservatory led to graduate studies  with Jim Walker at the University of Southern California. Viviana is proud of her track  record of educational outreach, especially to underserved communities using music as a  means to promote greater achievement in students as a Young Musician’s Foundation  mentor in Los Angeles and with the Opening Minds through the Arts program in  Tucson. She is also an active participant in several of The Phoenix Symphony’s outreach  programs, regularly performing at hospitals, dementia care facilities and homeless  shelters. 

When not pursuing music, Viviana is a committed athlete, having completed several  marathons, and was a particularly proud finisher of Ironman Arizona in 2013. She also  serves as a volunteer for Ryan House, a not-for-profit pediatric care facility that  provides support and services to children experiencing unique life-limiting and end-of life journeys. Viviana is married to timpanist and percussionist Peter Wilson, with  whom she shares her Phoenix home with their cat and two hilarious, disobedient dogs.

 

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