The Erika and Dietrich M. Gross Principal Flute Chair
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson is the principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a distinguished international soloist and chamber musician. He was appointed to the post in 2015 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, he served as principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2008-2016. A native of Iceland, Höskuldsson has been praised by The New York Times for his “agility and warmth of expression.”
His extensive solo performances include engagements with the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, concertos with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, recitals at the Sir James Galway International Flute Festival in Lucerne and a live radio broadcast with the BBC Radio 3 program “In Tune” in London.
Höskuldsson has been a faculty member with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan since 2010. He has given master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music.
Höskuldsson attended the Reykjavik School of Music in Iceland where he studied with Bernhard Wilkinson. Following his graduation, Höskuldsson attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he studied with Peter Lloyd and Wissam Boustany.
Höskuldsson has recorded for Castle Classics and the Naxos label American Classics Series. In 2015 he released his debut solo album Solitude on the Delos label.