Born in the USA, Rikki Wolpowitz began his career in music studying the recorder, and then the flute at the age of nine. Earning such encouraging feedback as “a natural flutist-playing with a pure tone, beautifully flowing, clean, soulful technique,” Rikki enjoys the diverse musical career as a chamber/ensemble musician with his love as that of playing a broad range of 17th,18th and 19th-century repertoire with some of its finest interpreters. He has always felt the truth as stated by Johann Sebastian Bach who said, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
After two years of study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Rikki transferred to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where he achieved the bachelor’s degree (Traverso) performance in the Early Music Department in 2018, also minoring in the Renaissance flute. Rikki is now enrolled in the Early Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, as a student for the degree of Master of Music, privileged to study with the world-renowned flutists Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark.
“As an artist I strive to be relevant to our world, wanting my music to be seen, heard, and enjoyed by as diverse audiences as possible. It is essential that I, my music, and those I work with have all-embracing lived experiences, encompassing as far as possible joy, equality, diversity, and inclusivity to achieve this ambition.”
Rikki is the artistic director of the Early Music Open Stage performances at Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag and is a member of the Student Council of that conservatory. Rikki has spent his summers at training programs advancing his technique, musicality and as an active participant in all courses such as those given by Barthold Kuijken, Rachel Brown, Mark Hantai, Wilbert Hazelzet, and Ashley Solomon. Rikki enjoys swimming and is a certified Advanced level SCUBA diver and has dived in many parts of the world, particularly the Caribbean. He also enjoys cooking, reading about music history and traveling to new destinations. Rikki is a citizen of Malta and the USA. When at home in Colorado, winters are spent practicing in front of a roaring fire, and summer playing to the snowcapped mountains, and always close by, his loving dog, a Husky named Sky!