Michelle Caimotto is principal flutist of the Festival Opera and West Bay Opera Orchestras, piccoloist of the California Symphony and a member of the Symphony Silicon Valley. As a free lance musician, Ms. Caimotto performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras. Active in the recording industry, her credits include motion picture soundtracks for Fox, Merchant-Ivory, Miramax, and Paramount as well as projects for ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, PBS television, and National Public Radio. She can be heard on the CBS/Sony Classics CD Music from the Star Wars Trilogy conducted by John Williams as well as on the original cast soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème and in the Disney/Pixar animated short film Exploring the Reef, which is included on all Finding Nemo DVDs.
Ms. Caimotto studied with Barbara Breeden and Paul Renzi in San Francisco, and with William Bennett in London, England. Ms. Caimotto is on the faculties of California State University, East Bay; Mills College, Oakland; and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. Her students' accomplishments include positions with many local youth orchestras, Command Performances in the CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, winners of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition, participation in All City, All County, All State Bands and in the National Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. In addition, her students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions including the Oberlin College-Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, and Trevor Wye's postgraduate flute studio in England.