Perhaps the most highly regarded English flutist of her generation, Jennifer Stinton possesses an amazingly broad repertory, from Baroque to modern, from the well-trodden paths to the adventurous byways. Her impressive technical skills on the flute have been compared with those of Martha Argerich on the piano. Stinton has concertized across Europe and the Middle East as soloist, recitalist, and chamber player, and her collaborations are often out of the ordinary: in her 2008 recording Hidden Tango, on the Cadenza label, she teams up with guitarist Richard Hand in works by Piazzolla, Jerry Owen (the title work), and more mainstream fare by Debussy, Villa-Lobos, and others. Highly regarded on the contemporary scene for championing many new works, like John Gardner's Flute Concerto, which she recorded for ASV in 2000, she has had important new compositions dedicated to her, such as Matthew Curtis' Flute Concerto, which she also recorded for the Cameo label. But Stinton hasn't shortchanged the traditional side of her repertory, as she has performed and recorded to great acclaim works by Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach, Nielsen, Prokofiev, Khachaturian (in her own transcription of his violin concerto), Poulenc, Rodrigo, Martinu, Copland, and many others. She has made numerous recordings over the years for such labels as Collins Classics, Albany Records, Regis Records, and Resonance.
Jennifer Stinton was born in Kent, England, in 1963. She studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London and had later studies in the U.S. with the iconic English-born flutist Geoffrey Gilbert. In 1988 Stinton won the South East Arts Platform Competition, which helped launched her career in England. She began making a series of recordings for Collins Classics in 1989; among them would be an acclaimed 1993 disc of flute concertos by Vivaldi.
Meanwhile, Stinton was drawing notice in the concert hall: her 1991 debut at Royal Festival Hall was a major event; with Princess Diana in attendance, Stinton gave a highly praised account of the Mozart D major Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Throughout the 1990s and into the new century, Stinton regularly appeared with leading British orchestras not only as a soloist but as guest principal, including with the Royal Philharmonic for a lengthy stint. In the 21st century Stinton remained active on all fronts. Among her more acclaimed recordings is the 2005 CD of the Nielsen Flute Concerto, on Regis Records.