Praised by the Washington Post for her “molten phrasing” and tone of “sheer iridescence,” Adria Sternstein Foster enjoys a wide and varied musical career. Ms. Foster joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra as principal flutist in 1994. In this position she performs for the Washington National Opera as well as Kennedy Center ballet productions and musical theater.
As a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society, Ms. Foster performs chamber music for flute, harp and strings throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In this capacity she has been heard on NPR’s Front Row Washington and appears in the 2017 documentary film Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty.
Recordings include Vivaldi’s flute concerto “Il Gardellino” on the disc IBIS x 2, and Iridescence, a CD of works for flute and harp with Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra principal harpist, Susan Robinson.
Adria is honored to be collaborating on Volume II of the indispensable flutist’s publication “Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment” with her mentor Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic.
A native of New York City, Ms. Foster attended La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts and was a student of Bonnie Lichter at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. She continued her education at Juilliard where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees studying under Julius Baker and Jeanne Baxtresser.