Twenty-three year old flutist Olivia Staton was appointed second flute of The Philadelphia Orchestra at the start of the 2018-19 season. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Jeffrey Khaner. Upon graduating, she was awarded the prestigious Peter Mennin Prize.
Olivia has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony, and during her time at Juilliard, Olivia performed as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, AXIOM and New Juilliard Ensemble. In 2017, she was selected as one of two flutes to represent Juilliard in a collaboration with the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to celebrate the centenary of Finnish Independence. Under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, they performed in Helsinki, Stockholm, and New York.
As a chamber musician, Olivia has participated in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Audience Appreciation Concerts, the New York Philharmonic Biennial as a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, as well as Juilliard’s “ChamberFest”. Olivia has performed with various chamber ensembles in Avery Fisher Hall, David Geffen Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Metropolitan and Whitney Museums of Art.
In 2018 Olivia was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, and for three previous summers she attended the Aspen Music Festival and School where she served as principal flute of the Aspen Conducting Academy for two summers. Olivia currently serves on the faculty of the Philadelphia International Music Festival, a summer program in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Born and raised overseas, Olivia began studying the flute while living in Italy. After moving to Virginia, Olivia was principal flute of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for three years, and served as principal flute of the New York Youth Symphony for her first year in New York. She also won first prizes in the Richmond Flute Competition and Flute Society of Washington Competition. She was a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow where she studied with Aaron Goldman of the National Symphony.
Olivia is a Yamaha Performing Artist.