2024 Virtual Adjudicators

Kelly Zimba Lukić


Kelly Zimba Lukić

Kelly Zimba Lukić joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2017. Previously a flute fellow at the New World Symphony, she has performed with the Chicago, San Francsico, Pittsburgh, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras and performs with the Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra in Brainerd, Minnesota during the summer season.

As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ms. Lukić has performed around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Albert Hall, and the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile. She was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine in October 2017.

In addition to performing, Kelly is Adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of Toronto and has served on the faculties of NYO Canada, NYO2, Sinfónica Azteca, Atlantic Music Festival, Orford Winds Workshop, Credo Flute, Toronto Summer Music Academy, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and Belvoir Terrace. She regularly teaches masterclasses at universities, youth orchestras, and flute clinics across the United States and Canada.

During the pandemic, Kelly co-founded Trillium Flute Collective with American flutists Rachel Blumenthal and Amanda Galick. Together, they designed a series of online flute workshops for students of all ages and commissioned three new pieces for solo flute by composer Kenzie Slottow. In Toronto, Kelly teamed up with TSO colleague Clare Semes to form Sonority Sisters, a flute and violin duo that creates virtual and in person events across the GTA and has been featured on BlogTO, CBC News Toronto, CTV Your Morning, and Global News.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kelly completed her graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and received bachelor's degrees in flute performance and music education from the University of Michigan. She is greatly indebted to all of her teachers, especially Leone Buyse and Amy Porter.