Sounds from Within - Martin, Holt, Bartok, Boustany and Martinu Works for Flute
Wissam Boustany has toured South/North America, Europe and the Middle/Far East and Africa. In 1995 Boustany founded the international initiative Towards Humanity, which uses music as a catalyst to support humanitarian projects on an international scale. Born in Lebanon, Boustany moved to Britain in 1977 where he studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. After being awarded the Bass Concerto Award, he won the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition, the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition and the silver medal in the Shell/LSO Competition. He was 2nd prize winner in the woodwind section of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1978. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood by the Lebanese government in recognition of his music and humanitarian work. The next year he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester.
“...yet another winning disc from Lebanese flautist Wissam Boustany...The two players are totally at home with them [Bartok] bringing out every nuance to perfection... One can clearly discern the influence of the Middle East in this work [Boustany] which exerts a spellbinding hold upon the listener for its short seven minute presence... Wissam Boustany is an absolute wizard on his chosen instrument...He is one of the world's great flautists and deservedly so. His accompanist here is entirely in sympathy at every turn and has served him very well indeed. A great disc in every way...” Steve Arloff – musicweb-international.com
"...very nicely delivered with a wry touch of humour where required by Boustany and Warzycki... ...delivered with delightful insouciance by Boustany with perfect syncopated rhythmic touches from Warzycki.... ...The slow movement is one of Martinu’s mysterious nocturnes, a beautiful meditative piece which Boustany delivers with ideal poise..." Paul Corfield Godfrey - musicweb-international.com