Adria Sternstein Foster


Principal Flute

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra Principal Flutist, Adria Sternstein Foster has been praised by the Washington Post for her “molten phrasing” and tone of “sheer iridescence”.  She appeared as a soloist with both the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony and has performed as guest principal flutist with the New York Philharmonic as well as guest assistant principal with the Boston Symphony. A member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society (, Ms. Foster regularly performs music for flute, harp, and strings throughout the DC metropolitan area. 

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.

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.

She can be heard performing the Vivaldi “Il Gardellino” Flute Concerto on the IBIS Chamber Music Society’s cd “IBIS x 2”.  Her duo recital with KCOHO Principal Harpist Susan Robinson at Georgetown University’s McNeir Hall was broadcast on WETA’s “Front Row Washington”. Their new cd of works for flute and harp is due to be released in 2018.