William Kincaid

William Kincaid

American flutist
Date of Birth: 26.04.1895
Country: USA

  1. Biography of William Kincaid
  2. On March 27, 1967, William Kincaid passed away due to natural causes.

Biography of William Kincaid

William Kincaid was born in 1895 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the capital of the state. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Honolulu, Hawaii, but soon returned to North America, specifically to North Carolina, due to his father's illness. In 1911, William settled in New York City and enrolled in the Institute of Musical Art to study the flute under the guidance of Georges Barrère.

William Kincaid

During his time at the institute, Kincaid excelled as a student and after completing his studies, he joined the New York Symphony. He also became a member of the board of directors of the New York Flute Club, serving as vice president. In 1921, his teacher Georges Barrère introduced him to Leopold Stokowski, who, after listening to Kincaid's performance, offered him a position in the Philadelphia Orchestra. For the next 39 years, he performed with the orchestra as the lead flutist, participating in over 200 concerts.

By 1934, Kincaid became a flute teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music. Every year, he carefully selected the best students and sought to develop their love for the flute, just as Barrère had done for him. Many of his students dedicated their compositions to him, with at least 40 musical compositions being housed in the Curtis Institute of Music's music library.

Considered by many critics as one of America's finest flutists, Kincaid's recordings of works by composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi continue to serve as exemplary performances for thousands of young musicians around the world.

On March 27, 1967, William Kincaid passed away due to natural causes.