Kathleen Nester is Assistant Principal Flute/Solo Piccolo of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Second Flute of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Connecticut, Kathleen lives in New York City and freelances with many orchestras there, including The New York Philharmonic, The New York City Opera, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, among others. She has appeared as a concerto soloist on flute, piccolo and alto recorder with the New Jersey, Stamford, Ridgewood and Centre Symphony Orchestras as well as on tour of Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Kathleen was featured on the PBS broadcasts specials, The Music of Danny Elfman for Films of Tim Burton and Live from Lincoln Center At Home with Friends with violinist Joshua Bell.
In demand in the field of commercial music as well as symphonic music, Ms. Nester has been solo flutist for several major Broadway theater productions, including the award winning An American in Paris; Roundabout Theater’s She Loves Me; Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Man of La Mancha with Brian Stokes Mitchell; Evita with Ricky Martin, and at the Radio City Christmas Show, among others. She has been featured on flute, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute with many pop and jazz vocal artists, including Sting, Ute Lemper, Jane Monheit, Nathan Gunn, Juliette Greco, Howard McGillin and Bria Skonberg; and on major motion picture soundtracks for Julie and Julia, The Alamo, The Last Mimzy, Tower Heist, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Noelle, and The Joker. Ms. Nester is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Ransom Wilson. She maintains a private teaching studio in New York City and is a member of the adjunct flute faculty at New York University. Kathleen has enjoyed playing with the Iris Orchestra since 2014.