Michele McGovern is proud to be one of the fortunate musicians to us a Nagahara flute. Many of her award-winning videos highlight the beauty of this instrument. The Nagahara flute is unlike anything else, which is why it is the choice of some of the greatest flutists, such as Sir James Galway, Andrea Griminelli, Ian Anderson, and Alberto Almarza to name just a few. Ms. McGovern is proud to be among this elite list of musicians that use and appreciate the complexity of this amazing instrument.
The creator of this flute is Kanichi Nagahara. He founded Nagahara Flutes/NNI Inc. back in 1991 with a vision of designing an instrument with unmatched tonality. It is undeniably the highest quality flute available to musicians to date. Mr. Nagahara developed a special gold alloy, which he uses for the one of a kind 16K and 20K Nagahara flute selections. The use of this alloy provides a depth of tone, which is unmatched by other flute makers in the industry.
Whether you are purchasing the top of the line model for professionals or a quality less expensive option for students, each instrument receives a level of detail and craftsmanship, which is unmatched. Michele McGovern uses her Nagahara flute for all of her music videos and live performances. There are scenes in her video that clearly highlight the intricate engraving of the Nagahara name. The flute highlighted in this video and used by Michele is one of the special Nagahara Gold instruments. These are the models that incorporate the new gold alloy. They have even received a patent for the originality of their design.
Michele McGovern has starred in a number of music videos, as well as live performances throughout the United States. This crossover classical music artist is known for her stunning arrangements of Carmen and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (Mvt. 1), which she arranged for the flute and piano with renowned pianist Melody Lord. This instrument has been used during most of her concerts. Michele appreciates the warm tones and pure resonance that the Nagahara flute is known to emanate.
Ms. McGovern has used her Nagahara flute throughout her career, which includes solo performances with Mozart's D Major Concerto, Mozart's Andante, Vivaldi's Il Gardellino Concerto, Vivaldi's La Notte Concerto, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 for two flutes and violin (with flutist Mary Stolper and violinist Rachel Barton Pine), Lukas Foss' "For Toru" (Lukas Foss conducting) and in the McGovern/Lord orchestral arrangement of Carmen. She also performed with the Saint Petersburg Camerata in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Nutcracker Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, and was Principle Flute with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra for over 15 years.
Michele is taking her Nagahara flute on a variety of new adventures from composing a variety of new music, such as Little Flirt, Winter Beauty, Timelessness, and Nocturne to her latest adventure Lady Vadula. It is true that having a great instrument doesn't make you a musician, but for someone with the talent of Ms. McGovern the Nagahara flute only highlights her tremendous skills.