Paula Robison (flute) studied at the Juilliard School and at the Marlboro Music Festival. When she was twenty, Leonard Bernstein invited her to solo with the New York Philharmonic. She gave her New York debut under the auspices of Young Concert Artists and soon after that became the first American to win First Prize in Flute at the Geneva International Competition. Ms Robison was a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and held the title of Artist Member for twenty seasons. A passionate advocate for new music, Paula Robison has commissioned works by Leon Kirchner, Toru Takemitsu, and Oliver Knussen, and premiered music by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, William Schuman, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Carla Bley. She holds the Donna Hieken Flute Chair at the New England Conservatory.