A founding member and Artistic Director of the Sylvan Winds, Svjetlana Kabalin was born to parents from the former Yugoslavia, and was presented in her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition. One of five Americans invited to participate in the first International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan, she also appeared as a soloist with the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Ms. Kabalin has served as principal flute with the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, the New Jersey Ballet and Paper Mill Playhouse Orchestras, the Stamford, Jupiter, and Queens Symphony Orchestras, and has played for the PBS-TV Great Performances production of Kern’s Show Boat. She has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the New Jersey Symphony and New Jersey Festival Orchestras, as well as the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Kabalin is the flutist of the Paper Mill Playhouse Orchestra, has played numerous Broadway shows, including Chinese flutes on Miss Saigon and Flower Drum Song, as well as the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. A former member of the Hofstra University faculty, Ms. Kabalin has also taught in the Juilliard Music Advancement Program, at the Simon’s Rock campus of Bard College and Rutgers University, and has coached chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music. She has recorded for the Desto, Vanguard, Koch, CRI/New World and North/South labels.