PRESS - Cornell Kinderknecht

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dallas-area world flutist up for top Texas Music Award

   Cornell Kinderknecht
   Cornell Kinderknecht; Photo by David A. Price

Cornell Kinderknecht, a musician in the Dallas area, is one of five artists nominated for Musician of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music for his 2008 release of the album "Nightfall." The winner will be announced at the 7th annual Texas Music Awards ceremony on April 26, 2009 at the Palestine Civic Center in Palestine, Texas.

The public is invited to participate in the voting process, accounting for ten percent of the final vote. The public voting period for the award runs from February 2 through February 20 at The remainder of the vote is determined by the Academy board and members.

"Nightfall" features Native American flute, Anasazi flute, bansuri flute from India, Irish whistle and ocarina in beautiful instrumental pieces composed by Cornell. The album has been well-received and has garnered critical acclaim.

Cornell has recorded previous albums, both solo and in collaboration with other musicians. His 2005 solo album, "Returning Home," was an award nominee at the 2006 Texas Music Awards.

Cornell's work can be heard on numerous other artists' recordings; he has provided music for advertisements and documentaries; he and his music were featured in the nationally broadcast television series, "The Art of Living Showcase"; and he has performed the world premier of two works for Native American flute and choir.

At ease in multiple genres, Cornell is a regular performer at venues around Texas, is a frequent featured performer and presenter at music festivals and workshops around the U.S., and has a studio of flute students in Dallas, Texas.

"I am very honored to receive this nomination and I am grateful for everyone's support and encouragement," Cornell stated. Awards are presented in over ten categories. Each category is narrowed down to five nominees out of thousands of entries received.

"Nightfall" and Cornell's other recordings, along with a concert calendar, videos, and biographical information can be found at his website His music is also available from, and other major vendors.

The Texas Music Awards are sanctioned by the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. This year's awards program, now in its seventh year, will be hosted by songwriting legend Michael Martin Murphey who will perform a concert immediately following.

Source: Cornell Kinderknecht Edited for content by Lucky Boyd