Nicole Esposito


The University of Iowa School of Music, Iowa City, IA

A charismatic and versatile flutist, Nicole Esposito is the flute professor and head of the woodwind area at The University of Iowa School of Music, where she is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Collegiate Teaching Award, and also serves as Visiting Professor at the University of Chile. She has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level having been featured across the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia. Esposito has performed at flute festivals and events around the world including fifteen National Flute Association Conventions, the Oklahoma Flute Fair, Florida Flute Convention, Flute Society of Kentucky Festival, Wisconsin Flute Festival, West Virginia Flute Fling, Iowa Flute Festival, Atlanta Flute Festival, the LA Flute Guild Festival, San Francisco International Flute Festival, The Texas Summer Flute Symposium, FLUTISSIMO!, NSU Flute Workshop, Festival Virtuosi, Brazil, the International Flute Festival sponsored by the Brazilian Flute Association, the Santa Maria International Winter Festival, Caerense Flute Encounter, Brazil, Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy, the Panama Flute Festival, the International Flute Festival of Costa Rica, the Spanish National Flute Convention, Bogotá Flute Festival, the International Flute Congress of Argentina, Chilean Flute Encounter, the European Piccolo Festival in Slovenia, International Piccolo Festival in Italy, the Adams Flute Festival in Holland, Flute Forum in Luxembourg, the Canadian Flute Convention and the British Flute Society Convention, among others.

In addition to her teaching position at The University of Iowa, Professor Esposito has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and held guest-teaching residencies at the University of Michigan, West Virginia University and the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. She has given numerous master classes at prestigious universities and conservatories in the United States and abroad including Rice University, the Peabody Institute, the Geneva Conservatory, Royal Danish Academy, Madrid Royal Conservatory, Mannheim Hochshule, Shanghai Normal University and many others. As an orchestral musician, Esposito has performed under some of the world’s leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, and Robert Spano. Former principal flute with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Youngstown (OH) Symphony, and the Johnstown and Westmoreland (PA) Symphony Orchestras. Esposito has held the Piccolo Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and has also been Principal Flute of the Ohio Light Opera. She has participated in a number of other music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the National Orchestral Institute.

Professor Esposito holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan. She has been a finalist or prizewinner in several prestigious competitions including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist, Piccolo Artist, and Orchestral Competitions, the WAMSO Competition sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition. Additionally, she has published articles on, The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Focus and Flute Talk Magazines and can be heard on the Albany Records, MSR Classics and Con Brio Recordings labels. Esposito’s most recent recording “Dancing in Dreams” with Turkish harpist Çagatay Akyol, was released on MSR Classics in December 2021. Her primary flute teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Amy Porter, Marianne Gedigian, Jennifer Steele, and Catherine Payne, with additional study with Mark Sparks, Alberto Almarza, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer. Nicole Esposito is a Miyazawa Flutes, Burkart Piccolo, and LefreQue Performing Artist.