Professional flutist, Gia Sastre has been praised by colleagues and audiences alike for her beautiful sound, developed technique, and natural sense of musicality. Ms. Sastre hails from Miami, Fla. and holds a Master’s of Music in Flute Performance from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s of Music from Florida State University. Distinguished teachers have included Eva Amsler, Charles DeLaney and Mary Stolper. Early in her career, Ms. Sastre also traveled to Great Britain to pursue a resident course of study with Paul Edmund-Davies, then principal flutist of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Sastre spent several years in Chicago performing with a variety of chamber groups, new music ensembles, and orchestras. As a soloist, Ms. Sastre was recipient of the Musicians Club of Women Farwell Award and invited to perform at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center as well as other concert venues throughout the city of Chicago. In 2009, Gia returned to her home state of Florida, and now performs regularly throughout the city of Jacksonville. Recent engagements include a children’s production series of Tchaikovsky’s Peter and the Wolf at Jacksonville’s Downtown Public Library as well as solo and chamber concerts with the Chamber Music Society of the Good Shepherd, Riverside Fine Arts Series: Project Listen & the Taste of Talent, Jacksonville’s historic Friday Musicale, Music @ Main Intermezzo series, Riverside Presbyterian's Wednesday Happenings, Advent Series of the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville and performances at the Mayo Clinic's Kinne Auditorium. Ms. Sastre performs frequently as part of The Vivace Trio and on occasion with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia.
Teaching through her home flute studio, Ms. Sastre works with many dedicated and talented students. She has served as an adjudicator for the Florida Flute Association and helped to found Jax Flutes, an organization that develops and connects flutists in the Jacksonville area through events, performances and masterclasses. Ms. Sastre also teaches applied secondary flute at the University of North Florida. Previously, she served as flute faculty for the DePaul University Community Music Program in Chicago as both applied flute instructor and flute choir director. Her debut recording, Abellimento, is a classic collection of flute and harp selections, which is available through Pandora Radio, Amazon and iTunes. When she is not playing or teaching music, Ms. Sastre is enjoying time with her family.