Carl Gutowski began playing the flute in the 5th grade public school band program. Showing natural talent, his parents immediately enrolled him in private lessons with Tacy Edwards, principal flutist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He excelled rapidly, winning scholarships and concerto competitions. Summers were spent studying chamber and orchestral music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and flute with William Hebert, piccoloist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He performed in master classes for Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Maurice Sharp and Lady Jeanne Galway. Carl attended Vassar College—majoring in Mathematics—where he studied flute with John Solum and musicology with Edward Reilly and Janet Knapp.
After college, Carl followed a career in Software Development. He has worked for over 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 two decades off from performing, Carl returned to his musical passion and has devoted more time to this interest. He began as a volunteer for the Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon, NY, eventually becoming their Concert Manager, overseeing all that’s entailed in presenting world-class musicians in 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)
Soon after joining the Howland Chamber Music Circle, Carl returned to flute performance when he noticed a road-side sign advertising an Open-Mic for Classical Music. He mustered up the courage to get on stage and perform and was encouraged by the warm reception. He immediately fell back in love with the joy of making music with others. This experience motivated him to organize a full recital in 2017, his first recital in 32 years. With renewed determination and a sense of unfinished business, he has sought out opportunities to perform in both solo recital and chamber music concerts, and has been regularly performing in increasingly high-profile settings. Highlight performances over the past few seasons include return engagements at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; the Cape Cod Museum of Art; the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center; Concerts Con Brio in Poughkeepsie, NY; the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY; Scorca Hall at the National Opera Center in NYC; and he has returned numerous times to where it all began, as a Featured Artist on the Open-Mic Classical series in Brewster, MA.
Collaborations in recent seasons have been with pianists Alexandra Beliakovich, Ana Glig, Toshiko Jones and Lucy Banner; violinists Adrienne Harmon and Akiko Kamigawara; and guitarist David Temple. He commissioned and gave the world premiere performance of Jonathan Russell’s Suite for Flute and Piano (2022); and Debra Kaye’s Call of the Dance (2017-2021). He has also premiered Richard Wilson‘s Not a Waltz (2021); and Wilhelmina Esary‘s Lullaby for Solo Flute (2020).
Carl’s live performances have been featured on WQXR (NYC); WOMR (Provincetown, MA); WMHT (New York’s Hudson Valley); and WPRB (Princeton, NJ).
Carl’s first competition win was the SME Festival Concerto Competition in 1980. Since returning to perform, he has been awarded the first prize in the National Flute Association‘s Adult Amateur Competition (2022); was runner-up finalist of the Syrinx Flute Competition (London, 2020); placed 3rd and won the Audience Favorite Award at the World Bach Competition (Instrumental Community, 2020) hosted by the Boulder Bach Festival.
Carl’s journey back to performing—from Open Mic to Carnegie Hall—was featured in the Cape Cod Times in March 2020.
[rev. November 2022]