Maria Tamburrino

“Maria is one of the most influential people in my life. She has shaped and guided me through every aspect of my career…”
Frieda Chan, former flute pupil

Mozart Andante in C for Flute, K.315

Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra

George Cleve, conductor

What’s Hot?

Welcome to Maria Tamburrino’s home page and What’s Hot. Maria Tamburrino is the Principal Flutist of Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose and Midsummer Mozart, San Francisco. She is also an adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley and teaches in her N. Berkeley home.

2017 Student Achievements

2015-16 Student Achievements

…saying goodbye to 2015-16 seniors…

George Cleve review Mahler 9th

“This cogent, often intensely passionate performance surely marks a high point of George Cleve’s 19 year tenure over the San Jose Symphony. Cleve retires from his post after the 91-92 season, and he will most likely spend the next 18 months in an attempt to top Friday’s outing. Without Cleve, one shudders to think what direction the progress of the San Jose Symphony, and the arts in general, might have taken in the past two decades.
The SJ Symphony is now an extension of Cleve’s will and ideas, and his quiet,
undemonstrative leadership seems a mild rebuke to the podium hysterics and choreography one encounters in other Bay Area orchestras.
For 76 minutes of Mahler 9, Cleve held his audience mesmerized, barely a shuffle or a cough interrupted even the pauses between movements.
Cleve recalled the recorded evidence left by Bruno Walter, who led the premier in 1912.
The depth of the conductor’s insight could be gauged by the phrasing. Cleve and his strings, who have intuited the secrets of seamless legato, offered the resignation of a dying heart.
This fiery lucid performance will be repeated Saturday.”
3/2/91 SF Examiner
Alan Ulrich
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Review: Symphony Silicon Valley delivers memorable season opener

“…Nelson¹s program also yielded a beautiful orchestral performance of Brahms¹ Fourth. The Scherzo surged with energy, the woodwinds once again coming to the fore; with principal flutist Maria Tamburrino sounding first-rate in the finale¹s lovely flute solo, Nelson brought the performance to a glowing close.”

Marilyn Tucker
The Mercury News
October 2, 2016
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Upcoming Event: Year End Flute Recital

Featuring pupils of Mrs T’s
Berkeley Piano Club
Miles Graber, piano
featuring works by
Widor, Burton, Hanson, Copland,
Enescu,Faure, Chaminade, Godard, Handel, and others
Plus trios and quartets

Maestro George Cleve

Maestro George Cleve, Maria Tamburrino’s amazing husband, passed away on August 27, 2015. His star studded career will be honored through “The George Cleve Archive Project” which includes an online survey of video, recordings, pictures, and programs plus a biography (book).
Email Maria to volunteer or contribute monetarily to this amazing project!


Frieda speaks about her former teacher Mrs T: “Maria is an amazing pedagogue and an excellent mentor. Her tutelage, guidance, and nurturing has enabled me to achieve my musical dreams. Maria has instilled into me an impeccable work ethic, a thirst for knowledge, and a drive to live an excellent and full life. She is one of the most influential figures in my life. She has shaped me and guided me through every aspect of my career. I am privileged to have had her as a teacher and mentor; additionally, a life long friend.”

–Frieda Chan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (BM), University of Michigan (MM), and Stony Brook University (DMA).
Check out Frieda’s “Chaminade Concertino” performance below.

STAR ALUMNA Cleo Leung, 29

Cleo Leung, who received her DMA in flute performance from Cincinnati Conservatory talks about her life as a flute player and her lessons with Maria Tamburrino.

Watch her pay tribute to her teacher Maria Tamburrino.


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