Biography

Mia Dreese studied flute with Frans Vester at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland, where she received the First Prize with Distinction. She consequently studied traverso with Frans Vester and Frans Brüggen. In 1976 she was awarded the Prix d’Excellence (the highest award in The Netherlands). She has taken part in various masterclasses in Europe, including those of Marcel Moyse and William Bennett.

She won the Silver Fock-Medal prize and the Silver Vriendenkrans prize of the Concertgebouw.

Mia Dreese has performed in chamber music ensembles, as well as with piano, harp, guitar and the Diabelli Ensemble. And she has been a soloist with several orchestras. She has performed professionally on both modern and historic instruments, including the traverso and the romantic keyed flutes.
One of her solo programs includes eight different flutes which date from the Middle Ages to the present.

She has performed in concerts and on radio and television throughout Europe (West and East), Israel, America and Australia, including a television production of Maxwell Davies’ ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’.

Mia Dreese was a professor of flute at the Groningen Conservatory in Holland for 25 years and now teaches flute, traverso and the historical development of the flute privately. She is a member of the National Music Examination faculty, and is often asked to be a member of the jury at competitions.
Mia Dreese has been president of the Dutch Flute Society from 1991-2007 and is still editor of the quarterly FLUIT.