Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson is the principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a distinguished international soloist and chamber musician.  He was appointed to the post in 2015 by Music Director Riccardo Muti.  Prior to joining the CSO, he served as principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2008-2015.

 A native of Iceland, Stefán has been praised by the New York Times for his agility and warmth of expression.

Mr. Höskuldsson has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan under the skilled direction of James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Riccardo Muti. He regularly performs at Carnegie Hall with the Met Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble and in 2009 he was featured as a soloist in Pierre Boulez’s Mémoriale-Explosant Fixe. Stefán has collaborated on performances and recordings with such artists as renowned pianists Evgeni Kissin, Alfred Brendel and Yefim Brofman, violinist Gil Shaham, and sopranos Diana Damrau and Anna Netrebko. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mr. Hoskuldsson has received two Grammy Awards in the category of best opera recording for Wagner´s Ring Cycle and Thomas Ades’ The Tempest.

 Stefán has been invited as guest principal flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His extensive solo performances include engagements with the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, recitals at the Sir James Galway International Flute Festival in Lucerne and a live radio broadcast with BBC Radio 3 In Tune in London.

In 2011, Stefán performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Met. Orchestra at the Parlance Chamber Concert series. Mr. Höskuldsson also frequently appears as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and in 2013 he performed the Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. Previous performances with the orchestra include the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto and the W.A. Mozart Flute Concerto in D major.



Stefán currently teaches at DePaul University in Chicago and has been a faculty member with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan since 2010. He has given master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music.

Mr. Höskuldsson attended the Reykjavik School of Music in Iceland where he studied with Bernhard Wilkinson. Following his graduation, Stefán attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he studied with Peter Lloyd and Wissam Boustany.

Stefán can be heard and seen on live HD broadcasts with the Metropolitan Opera. He has recorded for Castle Classics and the Naxos label-American Classics Series.

In 2015 Stefán will release his debut solo album on the Delos label.




Solitude by Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

A varied program of proven classics for flute and piano by Schubert, Liebermann and Prokofiev – plus a haunting novelty by Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson.

Masterly and thrilling performances by Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and vaunted pianist Michael McHale

A beautifully recorded debut solo CD from a flutist to watch.

Purchase the CD at:      Delos             iTunes     I       Amazon  





October 02, 2015

"With a new principal flute, Muti and CSO mix it up with winning results"
 - Chicago Tribune  

To no one’s surprise, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Friday that Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson would be the CSO’s new principal flute. Currently principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a post he has held since 2008, the Icelandic native will take up his new position May 30, 2016. 

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March 17, 2015

"Mad Scene solo flute accompaniment exquisitely played by Stefán Ragnar
 - Huffington Post  

Donizetti may be one of the best things to happen to Sir Walter Scott. And with the return of Lucia di Lammermoor to the Met Opera stage last night, Albina Shagimuratova is one of the best things now going for Donizetti. 
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December 7, 2009

"Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson
 played with agility and warmth" 
 - New York Times   

James Levine is back in action, at long last, after an absence from the podium occasioned by back surgery. Having conducted the opening of Offenbach’s “Contes d’Hoffmann” at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday evening, he took some of his Met players to Weill Recital Hall on Sunday afternoon for a weirdly balanced but oddly satisfying program.
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March 17, 2015

"Playful cadenza spellbindingly spun by Stefán Ragnar 
 - New York Classical Review

Never mind St. Patrick’s Day; on Monday night the Metropolitan Opera took its third trip of the season to the Scottish highlands with Donizetti’s beloved Lucia di Lammermoor. Even if the performers’ casual acting kept the piece from reaching its dramatic potential, the vocal acrobatics on display provided more than enough excitement.
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June 12, 2014

Switching Seats:
An Interview with Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson   

“First chair or bust,” in four short words, sums up the philosophy of every talented, ambitious young musician. From early musical studies through graduation from college, everyone clamors to be the best, the manifestation of which is sitting in the “hot seat” - the principal position.
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