Carl Gutowski has been performing solo and chamber music for over 30 years. He began playing in the 5th grade public school band program. A natural talent, he immediately began lessons with Tacy Edwards of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and excelled rapidly, winning scholarships and concerto competitions. He continued summer studies with members of the Cleveland Orchestra including flute with William Hebert. He performed in master classes for Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Maurice Sharp and Lady Jeanne Galway. Mr. Gutowski attended Vassar College—majoring in Mathematics—where he studied flute with John Solum and musicology with Edward Reilly and Janet Knapp.
Subsequent to college, Mr. Gutowski followed a career in Software Development. He has worked for the past 25 years developing software systems for air traffic control, publishing, education, e-commerce and finance. He is currently a Software Architect at SS&C | Innovest. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Vassar College and an M.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University.
After several years off from playing, Mr. Gutowski returned to his musical passion and has devoted more time to this interest. He is currently the Concert Manager of the Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon, NY, overseeing all that’s entailed in bringing world-class musicians to a world-class venue, the Howland Cultural Center. This extraordinary, award-winning, all-volunteer organization has established itself as one of the premier chamber music series, consistently presenting the world’s finest musicians to sold out audiences. (HowlandMusic.org)
Mr. Gutowski is an active performer in chamber music and solo settings. Highlight performances over the past few seasons include recitals at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA; Concerts Con Brio in Poughkeepsie, NY; the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY; the National Opera Center in NYC; and as a Featured Artist at the Open-Mic Classical series in Brewster, MA.
Collaborations in recent seasons have been with pianists Alexandra Beliakovich, Ana Glig, and Lucy Banner, violinists Adrienne Harmon and Akiko Kamigawara, and guitarist David Temple. In 2017 he gave the world premiere performance of Debra Kaye’s Fantasy for Flute and Piano, a piece written for him, with pianist Akiko Sasaki. In 2021, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, he and pianist Ana Glig performed the world premieres of Richard Wilson’s Not a Waltz and Debra Kaye’s a deafening silence – an elegy, both pieces written for him, and he premiered Wilhelmina Esary’s Lullaby for Solo Flute.
Mr. Gutowski’s live performances have been featured on WQXR (NYC); WOMR (Provincetown, MA); WMHT (New York’s Hudson Valley); and WPRB (Princeton, NJ).
In October 2021, Mr. Gutowski is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, performing Debra Kaye’s a deafening silence – an elegy and Ian Clarke’s Hypnosis with pianist Toshiko Jones.
Mr. Gutowski was the runner-up finalist of the Syrinx Flute Competition (London); placed 3rd and won the Audience Favorite Award of the Boulder Bach Festival’s World Bach Competition (Community); and won the SME Festival Concerto Competition.
Mr. Gutowski’s journey back to performing—from an Open Mic to Carnegie Hall—was featured in an article in the Cape Cod Times in March 2020.