Canadian-born flutist Jeffrey Khaner has been Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990. From 1982 to 1990 he was principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, and has also served as principal of the New York Mostly Mozart Festival, the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, and as co-principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
A noted soloist, Mr. Khaner has performed concerti with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Asia collaborating with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus-Peter Flor, Hans Werner Henze, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Yutaka Sado, Jose Serebrier, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwartz, Franz Welser-Most, and David Zinman. His concerto repertoire is extensive and he has premiered many works including the concerto by Ned Rorem, written for him in 2003. As a recitalist, Mr. Khaner has appeared on four continents with pianists Charles Abramovic, Christoph Eschenbach, Lowell Liebermann, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Hugh Sung, and many others. He regularly incorporates into the programs the music of today’s composers, many of whom have written expressly for him.
Khaner is a founding member of the Syrinx Trio (with fellow Philadelphia Orchestra principals Roberto Diaz, viola and Elizabeth Hainen, harp) which made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 in the Weill Recital Hall.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Khaner was named to the faculty as Flute Professor in 2004, holding the position formerly held by his mentor, the late Julius Baker. Since 1985 he has been a faculty member of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has given masterclasses throughout North, South and Central America, Europe and Asia.
Khaner has also participated as a performer and teacher at many summer festivals and seminars including the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, The New World Symphony, the Pacific Music Festival and the Hamamatsu Festival in Japan, the Sarasota and Grand Teton Festivals, and the Lake Placid Institute.
In 1995, he was selected by Sir Georg Solti to be Principal Flute of the World Orchestra for Peace, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. The orchestra regularly reconvenes, most recently in 2005 for a tour of Europe and Asia commemorating the end of World War II.
Khaner’s editions of repertoire including the Brahms sonatas are published by Theodore Presser Company.
Jeffrey Khaner is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician.