Denis Bouriakov has been Principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2015 and, before that, was Principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera from 2009. Denis has in recent years established himself as one of the most active and sought after soloists in the flute world. He has won prizes in many of the most important international competitions, including the Munich ARD, Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Prague Spring, the Carl Nielsen, and the Kobe competitions, to name a few.
Denis looks outside the standard flute repertoire for works that allow the flute to shine. In addition to having a phenomenal virtuoso technique and musicianship, he is continually transcribing and performing violin concertos and sonatas, expanding the limits of flute technique and artistry. His first solo CD included the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Bach Chaconne in his own arrangements. Bouriakov has also recorded the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with flutist William Bennett and the English Chamber Orchestra. His 2012 CD, recorded in Japan, includes more traditional flute repertoire, featuring works by Copland, Debussy, Boehm, Jolivet, and Prokofiev. In collaboration with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Denis has recorded his latest album with Romantic-era violin and flute concertos, including the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The CD will be released in 2016.
Denis has performed as a soloist with many orchestras worldwide, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble of Tokyo, the Hiroshima Philharmonic, the Odense Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble of Paris, and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has annual solo recital tours to Japan, and performs frequently in recitals and concertos all over the world.
Denis Bouriakov was born in Crimea in 1981. At the age of ten, he was given a place at the Moscow Central Special Music School, where he studied with Professor Y.N. Dolzhikov. With the support of the ”New Names” International Charity Foundation and the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, he toured in the next few years as a prodigy soloist to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and the U.S., and performed for Pope John Paul II, Prince Michael of Kent, and the presidents of Russia, Romania, and Indonesia. When he turned 18, he went on to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Professor William Bennett (OBE). His graduation in 2001 was accompanied by the Principal’s Award, the diploma for Outstanding Recital, and a Teaching Fellowship Award for the following year. In 2006, the Academy awarded him the title Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2014 he was awarded the Fellow of the RAM title. While in London, Bouriakov freelanced as principal flute with the Philharmonia of London, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leeds Opera North, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.
Denis’ first full-time orchestral position was as Principal Flute with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland (2005-2008), where he also taught at the Tampere Conservatory of Music. In 2008, he was appointed Principal Flute with the Barcelona Symphony under Eiji Oue. Later that year he won the Principal Flute position in the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His 2017 engagements include recitals, concertos, and coaching and master classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S.A.
Denis plays on an Altus PS model flute and a Miguel S Arista headjoint.
Wissam Boustany’s passionate musicality has helped him forge a unique reputation as an international flute soloist. His charismatic stage presence brings tremendous power and subtlety to a wide range of musical genres ranging from baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary and jazz settings. Imaginative programming often mixes the innovative with the traditional, captivating audiences with an engaging style that combines an improvisatory flair with a wide emotional and expressive range, and an acute sense of tone color and nuance.
Wissam has developed a unique duo partnership with pianist Aleksander Szram. In 2015, they toured in Australia, Canada, USA, Holland, and Norway, leaving audiences consistently overwhelmed by the way they both perform from memory, bringing a completely heightened experience and intensity into their adventurous music-making.
Wissam regularly performs and teaches in a variety of contexts, facilitating the growth of young talent. He has created his own teaching method titled “A Method Called Love”, which has spread internationally, focusing on improvisation, memory, self-reliance and the development of the concept of Love as a powerful motivator, facilitator and teacher. He has been a long-standing flute professor at Trinity Laban, London, and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
More recently, Wissam has ventured into composing. Audiences around the world have responded enthusiastically to the transparent textures he weaves into a profoundly instinctive Middle Eastern tonality. His two recent works “And the Wind Whispered” and “Broken Child” are available through Tetractys Publishing.
He has performed with some of the world’s leading conductors including Claudio Abbado, Ivan Fischer, Bramwell Tovey, John Elliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, George Solti, Peter Szilvay, Lubnan Baalbaki, James Judd, Jordi Mora, Volodymyr Sirenko, Levon Parikian, Nicholas Cleobury, Martyn Brabbins, Varujan Kodjan, Clark Rundell, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Ludwig Carrasco. Prestigious orchestras Wissam has worked with include the BBC SSO, BBC Philharmonic, LSCO, State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Utrecht Chamber Orchestra, St Paul’s Sinfonia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Cairo Opera Orchestra, Orquesta 5 de mayo, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and Palestine National Orchestra. More recently he collaborated with the Kristiansand Symphony orchestra, as part of a three-year residency at University in Agder, Norway.
Collaborations with several composers have resulted in inspired new additions to the flute repertoire by: Bushra el-Turk, Houtaf Khoury, Yevhen Stankovych, Edward Gregson, David Sutton-Anderson, Alun Hoddinott, Tarek Younis, Paul Reade, Peter Cowdrey, Carl Witt, Pierre Thilloy, Paul Renan, Dai Fujikura, Michael Oliva, Beat Furrer, Simon Holt, Boghos Gelalian, Waleed Howrani, Marcel Khalife and Shaun Bracey. Please visit Curriculum Vitae page on Wissam’s website for further details.
Six solo CDs are currently available: Wandering Winds, Sounds from Within, Vivaldi’s Children, Mirror of Eternity and This Invisible World on the Nimbus Alliance label, and Edward Gregson’s Concerto Aztec Dances on the Chandos label.
Born in Lebanon, Wissam Boustany began his musical studies in Beirut with his stepfather. He moved to Britain in 1977, where he studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. During these years Wissam received numerous awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He was also the Silver Medalist in the Shell/LSO Competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first 'BBC Young Musician of the Year'. During his early professional career, Wissam was associated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the early 1980s, with whom he appeared as soloist on the award winning Deutsche Grammophon recording of 'Il Viaggio a Rheims'. In more recent years he has free-lanced with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Palestine National Orchestra.
Wissam’s experiences of the war in Lebanon have greatly influenced his outlook on both Life and Music, crystalizing into a burning intensity, commitment, deep sadness, and spirituality that find their wings in the sound of his flute. In 1995, he founded Towards Humanity, a multi-decade international initiative working with musicians and charities, helping communities who suffer from the tragedies of war. This project was inaugurated in February 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall, London; this was followed in 1997 by a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cèdre) in recognition of his music and peace work, and in 1998, he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Wissam’s experiences of the war in Lebanon have greatly influenced his outlook on both Life and Music, crystalizing into a burning intensity, commitment, deep sadness, and spirituality that find their wings in the sound of his flute. In 1995, he founded Towards Humanity, a multi-decade international initiative working with musicians and charities, helping communities who suffer from the tragedies of war. This project was inaugurated in February 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall, London; this was followed in 1997 by a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cèdre) in recognition of his music and peace work, and in 1998, he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions are performed across the globe and these wide-ranging published works have established themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are being embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, syllabuses, teachers, colleges & students alike.
Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Japan, many European countries and numerous times for the British Flute Society (BFS) and for the NFA (National Flute Association) in the USA. He is currently completing a new concerto for flute & strings which he will premiere at the 2017 Minneapolis convention. His acclaimed CD ‘Within’ has been one the flute world’s best sellers and his album Deep Blue reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart; thought to be a first for an album of original flute music. He has given master-classes at many of the leading music conservatoires including London's Royal Academy of Music (RAM) & Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) through to New York's Juilliard & MSM and in countries from Brazil to Japan. In his career he has performed in genres ranging from classical opera to a guest appearance with rock group Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson. He has had a long relationship with Flutewise (UK) and has been their artist of the year and Ian has been a guest artist at many of the top flute courses. Along with RAM's Clare Southworth, he co-led the Woldingham International Summer School for many years. In 2016 he featured in the Complete 21st Century Flutist course in California. In 2017 Grolloo Flute Session 3 will be Ian's 3rd annual collaboration with Matthias Ziegler, Wissam Boustany, Tim Carey and Eva Kingma in the Netherlands and Ian will again be teaching and playing at the Scottish International Flute Summer School in 2017. Through leading, co-leading and taking part in a myriad of flute events, Ian has enjoyed working with all ages and stages in flute-land and beyond.
A prize-winning student, Ian studied part-time with Simon Hunt, Averil Williams and Kate Lukas of the Guildhall School of Music, London. He concurrently studied Mathematics at Imperial College, London graduating with Honours. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ian has worked extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing and performing music for film & television under the name of Diva Music (www.divamusic.co.uk)
A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.
Well-known for her commitment to new music and her history of first performances and commissions by some of today’s foremost living composers, as well as performances with esteemed orchestras worldwide, Ms. Piccinini’s 2016-17 season includes engagements throughout the United States, in Canada, Korea, and Great Britain. Of special note is the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for her, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under principal guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and the world premiere of Kernis’ Air in the version for flute and orchestra with the Korean Chamber Orchestra under conductor Patrick Gallois at Korea’s Seoul Arts Center, both in February 2017. Other highlights include a return to Boston’s Jordan Hall and the First Mondays series, a four-city North American tour with guitarist Meng Su, performances at Korea’s Gonjian Flute Festival and Germany’s Kempten Classix Music Festival, and with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra (UK). She also records the Kernis Flute Concerto with conductor Leonard Slatkin. Future engagements include recitals at the Marlboro Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and premieres of a solo work for flute by Christopher Theofanidis and a sonata for flute and harp by Yuko Uebayashi.
Recent performances of note include the World, New York State and Summer Festival premieres of Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for Ms. Piccinini, with Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Ward Stare, and with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under conductor JoAnn Falletta respectively, as well as a five state US recital tour with pianist Andreas Haefliger. Among her recent season highlights is a highly acclaimed tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in January 2015, performing the Nielsen Flute Concerto four times under the baton of JukkaPekka Saraste; performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center; Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls; the Seoul Arts Center; New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and Town Hall; the Mozartsaal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. With Tre Voci, she released the trio’s debut CD on the ECM label to acclaim.
The list of esteemed orchestras with which Ms. Piccinini has appeared includes the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Hannover Symphony, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Ravenna Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has worked with such celebrated conductors as Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-whun Chung and Gianandrea Noseda, and collaborated with such distinguished artists as the Tokyo, Brentano, Mendelssohn, and Takács string quartets and with the percussion ensemble Nexus and the Brasil Guitar Duo. She is a regular partner of pianists Andreas Haefliger and Mitsuko Uchida. A popular figure at international music festivals, she is a frequent guest artist in Japan, and has performed (at the personal invitation of Seiji Ozawa) at the Saito Kinen Festival. Ms. Piccinini has also appeared as Guest Principal Flute with both the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
While equally at home with contemporary and traditional works, Ms. Piccinini is deeply committed to music of the present, and expanding the repertoire for her instrument. She has given first performances of works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Michael Colgrass, Paquito D’Rivera, Matthew Hindson, Miguel Kertsman, Lukas Foss, Michael Torke, John Harbison, David Ludwig and Roberto Sierra.
An active recording artist with CDs on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, Ms. Piccinini is the latest in a distinguished line of virtuosos to make the Paganini Caprices their own. Her new Paganini arrangements can be heard on her recent highly acclaimed recording for Avie. The printed music for Piccinini’s Paganini arrangements was published in autumn 2014 by Schott Music. Other recent recordings include Tre Voci’s acclaimed debut CD of works by Tōru Takemitsu, Claude Debussy and Sofia Gubaidulina on the ECM label; a DVD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire from the Salzburg Festival, along with an accompanying documentary entitled Solar Plexus of Modernism; for Avie, the J.S. Bach’s complete flute sonatas and solo Partita in collaboration with the Brasil Guitar Duo, and the flute sonatas of Prokofiev and Franck with pianist Andreas Haefliger; and for Claves, Belle Époque with pianist Anne Epperson, and sonatas by Bartók, Martinů, Schulhoff, Dohnányi, and Taktakishvili with pianist Eva Kupiec.
A highly regarded educator as well as performer, Ms. Piccinini enters an exciting new collaboration with the New World Symphony. Following a decade at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Piccinini moves the Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses (MPIMC) to the New World Center in Miami this summer 2017.
The first flutist to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Marina Piccinini’s career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, First Prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Ms. Piccinini is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including Musical America’s Young Artist to Watch, the McMeen-Smith Award, the NEA’s Solo Recitalist Grant (twice), the BP Artist Career Award, as well as various grants from the Canada Council, among others.
Marina Piccinini was born into a family of distinguished scientists. She began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser and later received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. She also worked with renowned musicians flutist Aurèle Nicolet, and tenor Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland. A staunch supporter of education, Ms. Piccinini regularly gives masterclasses worldwide around her performance schedule, and is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and was formerly Professor at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. A 36th-generation Shaolin Fighting Monk, Ms. Piccinini lives with her family in Vienna and New York.
Matthias Ziegler is one of the world’s most versatile and innovative flutists. He is committed both to the traditional literature for flute as well as to contemporary music and concepts that cross the boundaries between classical music and jazz. Accordingly, his performances take place in a vast range of contexts: he plays principal flute with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, has toured with the percussionist Pierre Favre and performed with the pianist George Gruntz as well as with the American contrabass player Mark Dresser. He is also a member of the ”Collegium Novum Zurich“, where he has worked with Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger and George Crumb. Concert tours have brought him to the US, Japan, Australia, South America and Israel. Many recordings on CD document his inclusive musical interests. Matthias Ziegler currently teaches at the Musikhochschule Winterthur Zurich. Searching for new sounds he enormously broadened the expressive potential of the traditional flute and the electroacoustically amplified contrabass flute. Amplifying the flute allows him to increase the volume of the microsound structures of the flute to an audible level. Inspired by the new dimension of sounds of these instruments, composers such as Michael Jarrell from Switzerland, Benjamin Yusupov from Tadjikistan, Matthias Rüegg from the Vienna Art Orchestra and the American Mark Dresser wrote flute concertos for him. Matthias Ziegler performs on a flute manufactured by Louis Lot (1880), on a quartertone flute Brannen/Kingma system , on a Alto- and Bassflute by Eva Kingma (Holland) as well as on his own invention, the ”Matusiflute”, a uniquely designed instrument with a vibrating membrane. His contrabassflute has been constructed by Kotato Fukushima (Japan).
Joshua began his studies at Chetham’s with Gitte Marcusson, Richard Davis and Katherine Baker, during which he became Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Cox completing his BMus in 2014. While a student of the school Joshua spent a year studying with Jacques Zoon at the Haute Ecole de Musique Genève where he also became principal flute of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
Joshua has guested as Principal Flute with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Halle, Opera North, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, BBC Wales, Aurora Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, John Wilson Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St John's and Ensemble 360. Solo highlights include Buckingham Palace, Bridgewater Hall and National Concert Hall Dublin.
Joshua is the former Principal Flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin (2015-17), a tutor of flute at the Royal Northern College of Music, and most recently became Principal Flute with Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Jane Bolinowsky studied under many of the leading exponents of her art — including Vernon Hill, Margaret Crawford and Thomas Pinschof in Australia and William Bennett and Severino Gazelloni in the UK and Italy.
Jane performs as a soloist and chamber musician in recitals and at ceremonies and corporate functions. Her collaboration with organist Amy Johansen led to performances in the UK, France, Spain, Switzerland and at many locations throughout Sydney.
She was a founding member of the Hills Chamber Ensemble — a group which continues to explore and present the repertoire for flute, strings, keyboard and voice, as well as creating their own arrangements and commissioning original works.
Jane is an experienced teacher whose approach embraces the physical, mental and emotional aspects of music making. She specialises in preparing students for the HSC, for scholarships and tertiary entrance auditions and Diploma level examinations.
She has been teaching at PLC since 1987 and has taught graduate and post graduate students at the University of Southern Queensland, Sydney Conservatorium, UNSW and AIM.
She has private studios on the North Shore and in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia.
Abigail Burrows leads a varied freelance career working as a soloist, orchestral, chamber and pit musician, as well as running courses, outreach programmes, leading masterclasses, innovative educational projects and workshops around the world. She is the flute teacher at The Purcell School of Music in London and is currently performing on the UK & Ireland Tour of Les Misèrables.
As a soloist, she has appeared at most major London venues and performed extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. She freelances for several orchestras and west-end musicals and has held chairs on shows including Pinocchio, Fiddler on the Roof, Flowers for Mrs Harris and the UK & Ireland Tours of Wicked and The King and I. She has worked in many of London's recording studios, appeared on film and television, and has performed at music festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury.
A passionate teacher, she has been a guest artist at numerous flute festivals and courses. Her creative (and unorthodox!) teaching style has earned her an international reputation, with several of her innovative and inspirational workshops being scheduled in events across the UK, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Holland, America, Hong Kong and Australia.
Abbie is a Haynes Artist and lives in London with her husband and fellow flautist, Gareth McLearnon.
Dr Jeanell Carrigan is currently an Associate Professor in the Collaborative Piano Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. She has performed throughout Australia and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative duo partner. Her area of research is Australian solo piano repertoire and more recently in the piano music composed by early 20th Century Australian women composers. In December 2018, she released her nineteenth CD of solo Australian piano and chamber works and her publications include several books, most recently, Composing against the Tide and fifteen critical editions of piano and chamber music written by Australian women.
Adelaide-born Margaret Crawford played piano and composed from the age of nine. At fifteen she began flute lessons with David Cubbin at the Elder Conservatorium and then moved to Melbourne in 1960 to undertake a tertiary degree at the Melbourne University Conservatorium, studying flute under Leslie Barklamb and piano under Ronald Farren-Price. In 1963 she gained her BMus and two years later a Master of Music majoring in flute performance.
In 1966 she won the ABC Concerto Competition (now Young Performer of the Year), which led to solo performances with all of the State Symphony Orchestras and numerous broadcasts. A major focus for her at this time was the performance of contemporary music. In 1967 she travelled to Vienna where she specialized in baroque music, studying recorder under Professor Hans-Maria Kneihs and flute under Hans Reznicek at the Vienna Academy of Music, graduating with honours in 1969. She also studied flute in Paris under Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion and attended masterclasses given by Rampal, Gazzeloni, Gerard Schaub and Marcel Moyse.
Since returning to Australia in 1970 Margaret Crawford has taught flute at the Canberra School of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Queensland Conservatorium, the Melbourne University Conservatorium, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. From 1990 to mid-1997 she held the position of Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Returning to Australia, she held the position of Senior Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium from 1998 to 2003. She moved back to Melbourne at the end of 2003.
Margaret Crawford has presented masterclasses and lectures on a wide range of musical and flute-related subjects. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician she has toured Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, and South East Asia. She has broadcast extensively in Australia and recorded a number of works by Australian composers. Margaret Crawford teaches at the VCA and at the Music Faculty of Melbourne University and is Artist in Residence at the Australian National Academy of Music.
Catherine Davis was educated at the Conservatorium High in Sydney and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won all the major piano and accompaniment prizes culminating in the Recital Diploma.
Since returning to Australia, she took up fulltime lectureship at the University of Newcastle and, since 1999, has freelanced in Sydney where she is regularly employed by the Sydney Conservatorium, Cantillation Choir, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Lyric Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Trackdown Scoring Stage in the capacity of both orchestral pianist/celeste/synth player and audition pianist.
Catherine has performed concerti with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras on a number of occasions. Recent highlights have been sharing the stage with violinists Julian Rachlin and Maxim Vengerov as well as the newly appointed Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic, David Cooper.
2018 includes further work with ACO, Sydney Symphony and Sydney Conservatorium as well as recitals with her piano duo partner.
Christine studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, and with Zdenek Bruderhans at Adelaide University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours). She was a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 1981-86 and has freelanced with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the AOBO and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. From 1982-2007 she was a member of the contemporary music ensemble The Seymour Group. She has recorded three CDs of Australian flute music, Streeton’s noon (1999), Eat Chocolate and Cry (2009) and Spirit of the Plains (2013) all available through www.fluteworthy.com.au . She has also made studio recordings for ABC Radio and Fine Music (2MBS) FM. Christine is a partner in Fluteworthy Publications; writing, arranging and editing educational flute music. She is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre with works for solo flute, flute and piano, flute quartets, flute choir, woodwind quintet and theatre pieces. She is currently writing a concerto for flute and string orchestra for the Bourbaki Ensemble in Sydney, to be premiered in 2019.
Dr. Cobus du Toit is the Director of Artistic Planning at the Longy School School of Music and also serves as the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an international soloist and chamber musician Cobus has concertized in Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany and France. Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.”
Other professional affiliations include the Antero Winds, a professional woodwind quintet that has been prizewinners at the Fischoff and Plowman competitions, the duToit/Sutton duo with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton, and the duToit/Lee duo with collaborative pianist Doreen Lee. Cobus also serves as the principal flute for the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Current creative projects include recording the complete flute oeuvre by Jacques Castérède for the Naxos Records label.
Cobus received his MM and DMA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria. His principal teachers include John Hinch and Christina Jennings. Cobus is also proudly associated with the Wm. S. Haynes flute company as an Ambassador Clinician and Artist.
Vela is a constellation in the southern sky and is Latin for sails of a ship. Duo Vela is the husband and wife, flute and guitar ensemble which aims to transport its audiences to far away lands through eclectic and alluring musical soundscapes. Australian Dr. Daniel Nistico met his American wife Marla Nistico while they were both studying at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Shortly after formation in 2015, they toured through Eastern China and made their Australian debut with a two month tour of performances in Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne. Duo Vela is passionate about presenting music that resonates strongly with audiences. They will be performing the world premier of their first commission here at the AFF. infinite arrow is an intense and sweeping five movement work by world renown composer John Anthony Lennon.
Melbourne-born flautist Kim Falconer completed her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours in at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, before studying with Virginia Taylor at the Australian National Academy of Music. She holds her Licentiate Diploma with Distinction, for which she was awarded the Leslie Barklamb Flute Award. In 2015, Kim won First Prize in the Australian Flute Festival Open Competition, and was also awarded the prize for Best Performance of the Set Work – Paul Dean’s Falling Ever Deeper.
Kim moved to Sydney in 2017 to work full-time with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Fellowship program. Throughout the year, she gained experience playing in over 80 concerts with the orchestra, including some performances as Principal Flute and Principal Piccolo. Kim also was Principal Flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2017.
Kim is a casual musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra, and has also worked with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Ensemble Q, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Orchestra and the Melbourne Bach Orchestra.
Jocelyn Fazzone is a Sydney based flutist, pianist, educator and examiner. Jocelyn currently teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and UNSW, she is Woodwind Advisor/Chief Examiner and Federal Examiner with the AMEB NSW, and founding member of Windfall Sextet and Fluteworthy publications. She has received 12 AMEB awards to date for achieving the top annual student examination results in NSW. Jocelyn is a published author of flute music collections and teaching reference material, and has recorded a number of CDs featuring Australia’s leading flutists.
Jocelyn is frequently featured as guest performer, master class teacher, lecturer & teaching mentor around Australia. She has recorded for Fine Music and ABC radio, and has worked as orchestral flutist with a number of major orchestras, including the SSO, AOBO, QSO & TSO. Her flute & piano studies for the degrees of MM, BMus, Virtuosite, LMusA, LTCL and AMusA, were under the renowned masters Maxence Larrieu, Bob Willoughby, David Cubbin & Nancy Salas in Sydney, Canberra, Switzerland & the USA.
Founded in 2018, Flutescents has embarked on their first story telling musical production – The Nutcracker, in August 2018. The production was a great success - all four shows sold out and received fabulous feedbacks. Since then, the ensemble has host and performed for Miyazawa Flute Fair & Concert in Malaysia; The Nutcracker Re-staged and other performances. This exciting ensemble is in quintet formation, which uses members of the flute family from piccolo to bass flute. All the players are professionally trained; they share the same passion towards making wonderful chamber music. Everyone in the group are dedicated, and there is great rapport and chemistry between them which brings their music to life. As a newly formed ensemble, they will continue to contribute and enhance the music scene in the years to come.
Since 2009 Fluteworthy have created an invaluable collection of sheet music, CDs and books for flute players. Lamorna, Jocelyn and Christine have used their combined experience as teachers, performers, composers and arrangers to publish music which is suitable for Australian flute teachers and students. This includes music which can be used for HSC exams and AMEB exams. They have made two recordings of Australian flute music; ‘Eat Chocolate and Cry’ 2009 and 'Spirit of the Plains' 2013. Several new works were commissioned by Fluteworthy for inclusion in the CDs. Many other works were adapted in consultation with Australian composers to make them suitable for the NSW year 12 syllabus.
Jocelyn Fazzone teaches flute extensively, at the Sydney Conservatorium and in her private studio. She has won 10 teaching awards, is the Woodwind Advisor, Federal & senior examiner for the AMEB, and also loves to use her piano skills working as associate artist with leading flautists.
Lamorna Nightingale is a core member of the new music group - Ensemble Offspring and has been performing with them since 2007. She has appears regularly with some of Sydney's best orchestras and chamber groups. Lamorna has an active teaching studio and is a senior examiner for the AMEB. From 2012-14 Lamorna was the President of the Flute Society of NSW.
Christine Draeger teaches students of all levels. She is a founding member of Tucana Flute Quartet. She works regularly with pianist John Martin and particularly enjoys composing and arranging music for flute.
Maddilyn Goodwin is an Australian flutist and piccoloist based in Brisbane, Queensland. She has performed with numerous orchestras, ensembles and projects in Europe and Australia, and is currently developing her work as a chamber and freelance musician in Brisbane. She has competed as a piccoloist internationally, having won semifinalist prizes in the 2016 (San Diego) and 2018 (Orlando) NFA Piccolo Artist competitions, as well as Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work in the 2018 competition.
Maddilyn has studied performance degrees in Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, and Antwerp (Belgium). She is a 2017 graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where she was awarded two Master degrees with high distinction (flute, piccolo), studying with Aldo Baerten and Peter Verhoyen.
Maddilyn has commissioned and performed new works for flute by Australian composers (premiered in Belgium 2017) and is also involved in music research, presently looking at Baroque performance practice in relation to the piccolo and recorder; she has presented her work in Belgium and the USA.
Jessie commenced her studies with Prof. Felix Renggli at the age of 16 which she completed both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees with honours at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel in Switzerland.
She has been invited to festivals such as the Flötenfestival Freiburg, Australian Flute Festival, Internationale Musiktage Arthur Lourié in collaboration with the Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft Basel, Singapore Flute Festival, Flautissimo in Rome and the Baselbieter Konzerte organisation in Liestal.
Jessie won the 2014 Fritz-Gerber Stiftung stipendium and the 2011 Migros-Kulturprozent Studienpreis in Switzerland. She was awarded 5th prize at the 2010 Nicolet International Flute Competition, with further success with participation at the 2017 Kobe International Flute Competition, 2008 Rampal International Flute Competition in Paris, 2008 Concours National d'Exécution Musicale Riddes, 2007 First International Flute Competition Maxence Larrieu in Nice and the 2006 Inaugural Nicolet International Flute Competition.
She has performed with the Kammerorchester Basel, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Principal Flute with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as a “musician of rare talent and intelligence”, and is one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras. He has an internationally lauded reputation as an associate artist, having collaborated with such luminaries as Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish cellist Mats Lidstrom; and British pianist Mark Gasser. He is also a committed teacher and speaker, having earned much acclaim not just as a performer, but also as a presenter and pedagogue. He holds a PhD in piano performance, and two University medals. He also enjoys a bit of coffee and yoga (though not at the same time).
Deborah Hart has been a professional horn player since 1985 and has worked all over Australia including the Melbourne, West Australian and Sydney Symphony as well as the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
She has taught all levels of brass players but Deborah has always had a special interest in musical performance anxiety – trying to work out how to play your best in auditions and on the concert platform, when stage fright inevitably shows up.
In 2010 Deborah was introduced to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and since then has applied ACT to her own performance. After completing her Master of Counselling in 2016, Deborah began running workshops at Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland Conservatoria, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, The University of Western Australia and Monash University as well as secondary schools in Victoria.
Deborah has a private counselling practice for musicians struggling with auditions, performance, career challenges as well as counselling for non-musicians. www.actformusic.com
Alan Hicks is a graduate of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He was appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RNCM in 1992 and subsequently joined the staff as Accompanist and Tutor in Piano.
In the course of eight years as a freelance pianist in London, Alan appeared at major recital venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square. His CD recording with Kate Romano, 20th Century Music from the British Isles for clarinet and piano, was BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Pick of the Month (Metier MSV CD92013). As pianist with the King Piano Trio he worked on Lord Menuhin’s Live Music Now! concert scheme and appeared at the 2000 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford. Alan was pianist with the London-based Australian contemporary music group the Bennelong Ensemble, appearing live on BBC Radio 3, at the Cheltenham Festival, and in concert tours of Italy and the UK.
Since his return to Australia, Alan has been appointed Vocal Coach and Accompanist at the ANU School of Music and was Assistant Musical Director, Repetiteur and Language Coach for their 2005 production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. He continues to be in demand as a recital partner for national and international instrumentalists and vocalists.
Vernon was Principal Flute in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for more than 10 years. He represented Australia in the World Symphony Orchestra in the USA in 1971 and has played guest principal flute with many orchestras including the London Symphony, the BBC, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
He has performed many concertos with all of the Australian Symphony Orchestras in addition to numerous solo recitals in all four capital cities. On his European solo concert tours he has performed in London, Hungary and the former Yugoslavia, at the Jerash Festival in Jordan, for the Israel Philharmonic Society in Tel Aviv, and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Greece. His overseas concert tours with the Canberra Wind Soloists have also been quite extensive, taking him through Japan, Russia, Yugoslavia,New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Vietnam, and in 1996 he toured Asia as Guest Principal Flute with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for EMI, Festival, Peter Mann, Move,Fluteworks and the ABC, in addition to playing on many film soundtracks and an Olivia Newton John CD. His EMI recording of the Colin Brumby Concerto received wide acclaim and sold out almost immediately. It has since been re-released on a CD featuring Australian compositions, and the slow movement of this concerto is also featured in a ?swoon? collection CD! He has also recorded all of the Bach flute sonatas on 2 CD's on the Move label. Vernon is a highly respected master teacher of the flute and is the author of "The Flute Players Book with Demonstration CD" by Vernon Hill, which is now in its third edition,and continues to be sold throughout the world.
Mr. Hill's teaching career spans more than 40 years and in that time he has had a profound influence on helping to raise the quality of flute playing in Australia. He joined the faculty of the Canberra School of Music in 1980, was Head of the Woodwind Department from 1983 - 1999, and is now continuing his association at the School as a Distinguished Artist for the Australian National University.
Jude Huxtable is one of Sydney’s most experienced and dedicated flute teachers.
Jude has devoted her life to the pursuit of excellence in introducing young people to the flute and guiding them to an understanding of their potential as musicians. With over 40 years teaching experience, she remains driven to find a way to bring students of all ages to a clear understanding of the power of music to inform and speak to every part of their lives.
Jude teaches at Abbotsleigh School in Sydney, teaching girls from Year 3 through to HSC and diploma level and frequently being privileged to accompany her students on their journies from beginner through to accomplished musician. Many of her students have become music educators themselves.
Jude is co author, with Jocelyn Fazzone, of the pedagogical guide for teachers, ‘Starting Out, Tips Traps and Troubleshooting”. She is an AMEB woodwind examiner and enjoys playing with several Sydney recorder consorts and Sydney Wind Symphony.
Jude is a firm believer in life long learning and music making.
Bronwyn Kirkpatrick (B.Mus A.Mus.A clarinet) is a master of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), who studied with shakuhachi grand-master Dr Riley Lee. A Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grant enabled her to further her studies with shakuhachi masters in Japan. Bronwyn’s performance highlights include working with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company and TaikOz. Bronwyn has performed at numerous festivals nationally and internationally, including the World Shakuhachi Festival, the OzAsia Festival, Sydney Sacred Music Festival, Four Winds Festival and the National Folk Festival. She performs regularly as a freelance artist and is particularly interested in performing new works for shakuhachi with western instruments. Bronwyn is an active teacher of the shakuhachi in the Blue Mountains, Sydney and around the world via Skype.
James Kortum is Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior to this current position he was Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. As an orchestral player, James has been Principal Flute with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Second Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
James has appeared as Guest Artist at Flute Festivals held in Sydney, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Canberra and in Hamilton and Christchurch, New Zealand. A devoted ‘yogi’, James teaches yoga classes at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and will once again be offering classes at the 2017 Australian Flute Festival. James recently gave classes for the Emily Beynon Flute Summer School in NSW and also at the International Flute Symposium in Christchurch, New Zealand. James is honoured to be on the Artistic Committee for the 2017 Australian Flute Festival.
Ewa studied the flute in Poland under a distinguished Professor Jerzy Mrozik receiving her Master of Music in Performance Degree from the Conservatorium of Music in Wroclaw. During her studies, Ewa received a number of distinctions and awards in Polish national and international competitions, such as 1st Prize at the International Woodwind and Brass Competition in Wroclaw, 1st Prize at the National Flute Competition in Olsztyn, 3rd Prize at the International Woodwind Competition in Jastrzebie Zdroj, 4th Prize at the National Flute Competition in Warsaw.
Shortly after receiving the Master of Music degree, Ewa migrated to Australia. One of the first performances in Australia was a solo recital at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney. In December 2006 Ewa performed at PolArt Classical Music Festival in Hobart, giving both solo and chamber music recital. In the following year Ewa has appeared as a finalist at Sydney Flute Festival Open Flute Competition.
Ewa has collaborated with Wind Energy Ensemble, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Ewa is a founding member of the Hourglass Ensemble since October 2015. She has given over 20 performances with the group in Australia, Poland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Ewa has recently appeared as one of Hourglass Ensemble’s members at Fine Music FM in July 2018. She is currently preparing for a premiere of Everything I Touch Flute Concerto by Margery Smith. The concerto will be premiered with Hourglass Ensemble on May 4th 2019 at the Sydney Opera House.
Doreen Lee is the Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano/Piano at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Lee has performed with notable artists such as Takács Quartet violist Geraldine Walther, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Principal Horn Michael Thornton, flutists Christina Jennings and Katherine Kemler, and cellist Johannes Moser, among others. She is also the pianist of the du Toit / Lee Duo, formed in collaboration with flutist Cobus du Toit. The duo's debut album, Mythavian, takes inspiration from mythological folklore and birdsong.
Lee received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying with Margaret McDonald and Alexandra
Nguyen. She specialized in solo piano performance under the tutelage of Walter Ponce at the University of California Los Angeles, and went on to earn her Masters in Music at the Peabody Institute with Benjamin Pasternack. She was selected to perform in master classes for pianist and music theorist Robert Levin at the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. As a collaborative pianist, Lee has received instruction from members of the Takács, Cassatt, and Tokyo Quartets as well as Jean Barr, Anne Epperson, and Jonathan Feldman. She has participated in various music festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Music Academy of the West.
Prior to joining the faculty at USA, Dr. Lee served as Adjunct Instructor of Collaborative Piano (Instrumental) at Colorado State University, as well as Lecturer of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Henry Liang is a serving member of the Royal Australian Navy Band and Vice President of the Flute Society of NSW.
In 2015, Henry was invited to attend the Japanese Gagaku (ancient imperial court music of Japan) Mentor/Protege scholarship program by Columbia University of New York. He travelled to Tokyo for a seven-week intensive residency to learn a rare 7th-century bamboo free-reed wind instrument called the showith sho master Mayumi Miyata.
Henry has since taken part in a gagaku demonstration at the 2015 Australian Flute Festival, performed with the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble in New York, collaborated with visual artist Todd Fuller at the opening of the St. Leonards Creative Precinct, and presented a series of performances at the Brett Whiteley Studio to premiere new commissions by Australian composers.
In 2018, Henry came together with Rosamund Plummer and Bronwyn Kirkpatrick to form TrioBamboo with the aim to share the incredible sounds of various Japanese bamboo instruments.
Xavier Luck was born in Sydney and educated at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and the University of Melbourne studying with Noelene Poole and Mardi Mc Sullea respectively. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, London and the University for performing Arts, Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz.
During his 15 years in Vienna, Xavier performed regularly with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic as well as Klangforum Wien.
Xavier has held principal flute positions in the Hyogo Performing Arts Orchestra Japan as well as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2013 he has been professor of flute at Kobe College in Japan
Xavier has performed as guest principal flute in orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker (2018), London Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed at many international festivals and on numerous orchestral recordings for labels such as Deutsche Gramphon, Chandos and LPO live.
Since settling in Japan, Xavier is continuing his passion of new music for the flute and is performing solo and chamber music recitals throughout Japan and Europe.
In 2016 Camerata records released his first solo recording “Taffanel Master Fantasist”
Andrew Macleod has been Principal Piccolo of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2003.
Aside from the MSO, Andrew has played as a guest with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony as well as the Adelaide, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the Australian World Orchestra.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from The University of Queensland, where he studied flute and piccolo with Jeanette Manricks. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Music and a Master of Philosophy degree in music from The University of Queensland.
Andrew later studied in England with renowned teacher Trevor Wye.
Andrew has appeared as a soloist with the MSO on numerous occasions, and in 2013 gave the world premiere of Paul Stanhope’s Concerto for Piccolo Flute with the MSO. The recording of the performance was released on the MSO LIVE label by the ABC, and in 2014 the album was nominated for an ARIA in the Best Classical Album category.
Andrew teaches flute and piccolo at The University of Melbourne and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Andrew is also Co-Director of The Complete Flute, which presents courses for performers and teachers.
Tomomi Matsuo has been awarded several prizes throughout Japan both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, including the Gold Prize in the 26th All Japan Ensemble Contest and the 3rd Prize at the 58th Student Music Competition of Japan in Osaka. She has also been awarded prizes at the 19th Music Competition of Kanagawa in Japan and the 9th Biwako International Flute Competition.
Tomomi completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts with Professor Tomio Nakano. She then took part in a two-year intensive course at Trevor Wye’s Flute Studio in the UK. In the summer of 2014, Tomomi graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts with a Master’s degree in Music Performance (Orchestra) where she studied with Professor Matthias Ziegler. She was then accepted into the Specialised Master of Music (Soloist) program there which she completed in 2016. During her studies, Tomomi acted as the assistant teacher to Professor Ziegler.
Tomomi is a regular assistant performer at Trevor Wye's lectures in the UK, USA and Japan and in September 2011, she began performing with the Senzoku-gakuen New Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomomi has also been invited as a guest performer at the National Flute Association Convention, the British Flute Society Festival and the Australian Flute Festival and performed regularly with the Philharmonia Zurich and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. Tomomi has collaborated with many world-renowned conductors including Kazuki Yamada, Nello Santi, Fabio Luisi, Alain Altinoglu and Jun Marrkl and in 2015, she had the opportunity
to collaborate with Toshio Hosokawa as a soloist for his work, Voyage V.
In 2017, Tomomi moved to Sydney and is teaching and performing regularly around Australia, including with the Opera Australia Orchestra.
Multi award-winning Northern Irish flautist Gareth McLearnon leads a truly international and diverse career. An alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2003), Gareth has gone on to carve out a unique career encompassing many genres and styles of music, and a multitude of varied artistic activities. In 2017-18 he performed concerts and gave masterclasses in Australia, Portugal, Iceland, France, The Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Spain, UAE, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Poland and the USA as well as many UK engagements.
He regularly performs in orchestral concerts, chamber music, West End shows and in recording session work, including concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and Orchestra of St John’s. He has been Principal Flute of the Heritage Orchestra since 2009; a Yuri Bashmet Academy Professor in since 2013, teaching classes all over Russia as well as performing concertos with Moscow Soloists; and has given masterclasses at Yale University, Boston Flute Academy, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Norwegian Academy of Music, Swedish Royal College of Music; Flutewise Academies, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
A published composer and arranger, Gareth’s works for flute & piano, and for flute choir are performed across the globe. He is delighted to have been invited back to Australia for the third time to direct the Festival Flute Orchestra, where he has premiered two of his works for Flute Ensemble. Gareth is extremely proud to be the very first European Artist-in-Residence for the Wm. S. Haynes Co. and plays on a Custom made solid 14K Haynes Flute made for him in 2015. He lives in London with his fellow flute-playing wife (and fellow Haynes Artist) Abbie Burrows.
Angus McPherson is an Australian flutist and arts journalist based in Sydney, specialising in contemporary music and extended techniques. He has performed and taught in Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada and runs classes on
extended techniques, circular breathing and contemporary flute playing. He is a regular adjudicator at the NSW Flute Society’s annual Eisteddfod as well as the Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship. His articles on flute playing have appeared in Flute Focus, Flute Tutor Australia, the British Flute Society's Journal, Pan, and the Dutch flute magazine, FLUIT.
Angus holds a PhD in Music from the University of Tasmania, where his research focused on the work of Hungarian flutist-composer Gergely Ittzés, and completed a Master of Music (his researching focusing on the Glissando Headjoint) and Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Alexa Still.
Angus is Deputy Editor at Australia's national arts and classical music magazine, Limelight, where he has interviewed artists ranging from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Swiss flautist Emanuel Pahud.
Originally from Australia, Kathryn Moorhead has been the Associate Principal flautist of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand since 2010. She teaches flute at the University of Auckland and as a chamber musician has performed at International Arts Festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Aberdeen and London and has toured with the Koru Wind Quintet for Chamber Music New Zealand.
She has performed with many orchestras including the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, Tasmanian and Netherlands Symphony Orchestras, the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Victoria.
Kathryn holds a PhD in Music from the University of Adelaide and is has won prizes at the Leslie Barklamb Flute Competition and the Australian International Solo Flute Competition. She has performed on several solo, chamber music and orchestral CDs for Move Records, ABC Classics and Naxos.
Ingrid Bauer is the Principal Harp of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with Bach Musica, the Bay of Plenty Symphonia, the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, and the Wellington Youth Orchestra. Ingrid has performed solo in competitions and recitals in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and has a solo CD called Dreambird.
Patrick Nolan's rewarding performance career has seen him playing flute in chamber, symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. Nolan was Principal Flute in firstly the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently The Queensland Orchestra (now QSO). He has played baroque, classical and contemporary concerti in flagship concert series and has participated in numerous recordings for ABC Classics, ABC Classic FM, Naxos, Tall Poppies and 4MBS Radio. Patrick derives much satisfaction in his work as a chamber musician and was a founding member of The Lunaire Collective and the Aether Ensemble. He was artist director of the 1999 Australian Flute Convention.
Since moving from orchestral life Nolan has embarked on a career in the education of young musicians at tertiary and pre-tertiary levels. He is Specialist Tutor for Flute at the University of Queensland. He tutors at summer and winter music schools and for the wind sections in Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles. In January Patrick embarked on a project with Michael Cox and Joanna Sullivan in collating insights and a pedagogic framework for teaching flute.
Karen has enjoyed bringing music into the lives of children and adults for over 30 years in her work as an educator and performer. With an M.Mus, B.A. (Hons.Mus), and Dip.Ed. (Mus), Karen’s career has encompassed flute teaching, class music teaching and conducting orchestras, choirs and flute ensembles. Karen was Director of Music at Sydney Grammar (Edgecliff) School and has taught at both primary and secondary levels. She is also an experienced lecturer and adjudicator.
Karen is the author of one of Australia’s most popular and enduring flute teaching methods – “The Young Flute Player”. This series now has five books, including collections of duets and trios, with two new titles due for release in 2019. Karen is passionate about teaching young children and adult beginners, aiming to lay a strong foundation for their flute playing.
Karen loves to use games to teach fundamentals such as hand positions, note reading and aural skills, and has shared these creative ideas in her book “Fun & Games”, plus an extensive range of music card games for all instruments.
Tania Owens graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1989 and has worked as a music teacher throughout Queensland. She is a passionate educator across both primary and high schools.
In 2014 she returned to the QLD Conservatorium of Music to study composition and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Music Studies. She has studied with Stephen Cronin, Gerard Brophy, Josaphine Jin and Ralph Hultgren.
In 2017 Her piece Fantasie for Solo Flute won second prize in the Australian Flute Festival’s Composition Competition, as well as the Howard Bowles Prize at the Music Teachers’ Association of Queensland Composer’s competition. She is currently working on several commissions including a concert band piece for high school band and a small ensemble piece for flute, piano, violin, cello and voice. She is also writing music for her own flute and piano duo with her friend and fellow composer, Josephine Jin.
When not composing or teaching, Tania plays both Classical and Irish flute and has performed at festivals, dances and concerts in her local community.
Rosamund Plummer began her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium High School as a student of Peter Richardson and Margaret Crawford. In 1978 she was appointed Principal Piccolo with the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (now the State Orchestra of Victoria) and, a year later, Associate Principal Flute. During her time in Melbourne, she took a year's leave to study in London with Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Bennett of the English Chamber Orchestra.
As winner of the Sixth National Flute Competition in 1986, she travelled to New York to perform in masterclasses with James Galway and Louis Moyse. That same year she was appointed Principal Piccolo of the Sydney Symphony. In 1999, as the recipient of a Friends of the Sydney Symphony scholarship, she studied with Walfrid Kujala, Principal Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In order to make time for other musical pursuits, Rosamund handed over the baton of Principal Piccolo in the SSO to the next generation of piccolo players at the end of 2018. As a founding member of the flute quartet Tucana, she regularly commissions and performs new music by Australian composers. Rosamund also teaches flute and piccolo at the Conservatorium High School and Sydney University , and regularly tutors the national and Sydney Youth orchestras. With Christine Dreager, she has co-authored "Studies for the Advanced Flautist" (Australian Music Centre and Fluteworthy) and "Piccolo:from Novice to Professional" (Fluteworthy).
As the first recipient of Columbia University’s Global Wind Artist Residency, in 2014, Rosamund spent 3 months in Tokyo learning to play the ryuteki, a medieval Japanese flute. Since then her love of Japanese flutes has grown to include the study of the shakuhachi ,with Bronwyn Kirkpatrick,a truly lifetime project, and the weird and wonderful nohkan, with the help of Kaoru Watanabe in New York. TrioBamboo was formed in 2018 with Bronwyn Kirkpatrick on shakuhachi and Henry Liang on Sho, with the goal of exploring and creating music for traditional Japanese flutes along side Western flutes.
Italian-born pianist Gabriella Pusner studied at the Conservatorium of Music with Igor Hmelnitsky, graduating with both Teacher and Performer Diplomas and awarded the Shadforth Hooper Prize for the most outstanding recitalist.
She has maintained a busy career as soloist and also associate artist for visiting international artists such as Denis Bouriakov, Aldo Baerten and Alexa Still.
Her teaching positions have included the Sydney Conservatorium Keyboard Department, Australian Institute of Music and Newcastle University Music Department.
Presently, Gabriella maintains an active teaching schedule with a private studio and, more recently, being involved in the establishment of the Theme and Variations Piano School operating from the Theme and Variations Piano Showroom in Sydney.
Michal gave his debut as both composer and soloist at the age of 17 performing his composition “Adagio & Scherzo” for flute and orchestra with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland. He has been Principal Flautist with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and a member of Esprit Flute Trio. In Australia, he has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Queensland Festival Philharmonic, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s and is a member of Resonance Ensemble. He has appeared as performer and composer at AFFs in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney.
Since 2011 Michal has been an Associate Artist with the Australian Music Centre:http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/rosiak-michal. His music has been performed in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and broadcast by ABC Classic FM. In 2014 Michal released his debut CD Angry Tunes. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre in Canada (2015) and at the Bundanon Trust in Australia (2016). In 2016 he was a Co-Director of Unbound Flute Festival in Brisbane. Since 2017 Michal has been a lecturer at Griffith University.
Anna Rutkowska-Schock has been a laureate of many national piano competitions and she reached the final stage of the European Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt, Germany, as a piano student of Prof. Helena Fumanowicz-Kurzynska. She is a graduate of Magna Cum Laude (Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance). In 2001, the pianist graduated with Master Degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the piano class of Prof. Grzegorz Kurzynski.
In 2003 she received the Best Accompanist award in the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition. She has been invited to work as the staff accompanist for the IBLA Grand Prize Competition every year since, and in the same capacity for international music competitions in Rome, Peru, Slovakia and Poland. Since 2007, she has been a jury member of the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition.
Anna Rutkowska-Schock completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2006 and received a post-doctoral degree in 2013. She has given solo and chamber concerts in Poland, the U.S.A. (including several performances at Carnegie Hall), Indonesia, Peru, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia.
Anna is currently a core member of Hourglass Ensemble. She has given over 15 performances with the group in Australia, Poland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Emily is a freelance orchestral flautist and chamber musician as well as a sought after flute teacher in South-east Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Music with a major in Advanced Flute Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium. In 2014 Emily was awarded the James Carson Memorial Prize. She has been a soloist with Queensland Philharmonia, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Mandolin Orchestra, Ensemble Fabrique, Queensland Wind and Brass, Brisbane Chorale, in the Queensland Youth Symphony in 2010 - 2014, principal flute with Queensland Philharmonia, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera Queensland for Queensland Music Festival’s regional performances, Tina Arena and James Morrison for QMF’s Regional Chamber Orchestra Tour, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Queensland Mandolins, Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestras. Internationally, Emily has undertaken intensive programs including Charterhouse Summer Music School, Netherlands Flute Academy and Oxford Flute Summer School. Emily has been fortunate enough to perform for flautists including; Dieter Flurry, Emily Beynon, Paul Edmund-Davies, Michael Cox, Leone Buyse, Lisa-Maree Amos and others.
Joanna Sullivan has enjoyed a varied musical career. She won the Lesley Barklamb scholarship in 1982 and was a finalist in the National Flute Competition in 1983. Joanna freelanced in Melbourne, playing with the VSO before moving to Queensland. In 2011 she performed with acclaimed Sarod player Arman ali Khan in India and travels to France regularly to perform with a piano trio. Joanna is principal flute with the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra.
Joanna’s studio teaching experience spans 40 years. She taught flute at the Queensland Conservatorium and Sommerville House prior to moving to the Gold Coast where she has taught flute at All Saints Anglican School for the past 20 years.
Joanna has a Master’s Degree from the University of Queensland in Music pedagogy. Her study led her to write a thesis investigating the beliefs, values and pedagogical practices of performer flute players of advanced students. This inspired her instigation of an exciting joint project with Michael Cox and Patrick Nolan exploring the pedagogical practices of Michael Cox, investigating and collating an effective framework for teaching flute.
Virginia Taylor was the winner of The National Australian Flute Competition. This was followed shortly being awarded, 1st Prize in the ABC's 'Young Performer of the Year', winning outright in the overall category section.
Virginia has given recitals in all Capital cities of Australia, and performed as soloist with almost all of the Symphony Australia Orchestras, as well as having been guest Principal Flute for many of these Orchestras on numerous occasions.
Virginia equally enjoys playing chamber music with some of her long-standing friends and colleagues, including many performances at The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and concerts with The Australian String Quartet and The Goldner Quartet. Her collaboration with guitarist Timothy Kain has continued for more than 15 years, and together they have recorded 3 CDs for the Tall Poppies and ABC labels. Their CD entitled 'For Flute and Guitar' was listed as a best selling classical release.
Overseas concerts have taken Virginia to the USA, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Saudi Arabia. She has appeared as Soloist with many orchestras in China including The Shanghai, Hang Zhou, Guangzhou and Xiamen Symphony Orchestras. Virginia was Principal Flute with Australia's leading Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra for over 10 years.
2011 sees Virginia return to Hong Kong and China performing and teaching at a number of Festivals. Virginia is guest lecturer and performer at many national and international flute events and festivals. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, as Associate Professor of Flute at the Australian National University, Virginia, the ANU and Flutes & Flutists hosted the Australian Flute Festival, a biennial event which attracts hundreds of national and international flute players and delegates.
The ANU flute class constitutes pre-tertiary, tertiary and postgraduate students. Many of the students from the ANU have gone on to hold major positions in orchestras both nationally and internationally. The flute class is recognised as a leader in the field of performance both nationally and internationally.
Brijette Tubb enjoys a busy career as a soloist, orchestral musician and educator. A Master of Music graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium, she also holds both her AMusA and LMusA (awarded with Distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Brijette has been successful in many competitions (local, state and national) including winning the prestigious James Carson Memorial Flute Prize and being a finalist in the ABC's Young Performer Awards, and the Great Romantics Competition. She has been a featured artist in the 2015 and 2017 Australian Flute Festivals, at the Unbound Flute Festival and as a concerto soloist with several University Orchestras, State Youth Orchestras and with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra as winner of its 2014 Concerto Competition. Brijette is highly sought after as an orchestral musician and regularly performs as Principal Piccolo with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and Queensland Festival Orchestra. She has performed as Principal Flute and Piccolo in the Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Ipswich City Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony, Australian Youth Orchestra, and Queensland Conservatorium Ensembles.
Peter Verhoyen is principal piccolo for the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra) in Belgium. He studied flute at the conservatories of Brussels, Meudon/Paris and Antwerp. He was a prize-winner in the Belfius Classics competition and the Concours International UFAM in Paris, and a semi-finalist in the NFA Orlando Young Artists Competition in 1995.
Peter has commissioned several works for piccolo from Flemish composers. His piccolo recital CDs Piccolo Tunes, The Birds, Piccolo Polkas, Psychobird and La Gazza Ladra with pianist Stefan De Schepper were received enthusiastically in the international music press and established his reputation as a piccolo specialist.
Peter Verhoyen has been invited to give masterclasses and concerts in conservatories in Belgium, Europe and the United States, and has given piccolo recitals and masterclasses at numerous NFA Conventions and the BFS Convention.
Peter Verhoyen currently teaches at his private studio in Bruges and at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, where he developed a specialist piccolo master program, and organizes the annual International Flute Seminar Bruges.
VIVA FLUTIST FLUTE ENSEMBLE was founded by Mr Carson Yu and a distinguished group of Hong Kong-based professional flutist in 2012. Core members are active flute performers who graduated from music departments of local and oversea universities and conservatories such as École Normal Musique de Paris, Royal Northern College of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University as well as The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. VIVA FLUTIST is a passionate group of performers of flute music and share the goal of inspiring and promoting flute through the various type of performance.
VIVA FLUTIST participated in various flute festival in Japan and the UK for the purpose of embracing international flute techniques and exposure. As a flutist, music educator and arranger, Mr Carson Yu is leading VIVA FLUTIST aims to grow with the new members, through active participation in music performance and education as well as promote flute music at all ages and audiences.
Thomas Waller is a music honours student studying percussion at the University of NSW. Based in Sydney, Thomas performs regularly with a large variety of musicians and ensembles, ranging from orchestral, contemporary, chamber music and musical theatre. Some recent production credits include ‘Cry Baby’ (the Hayes theatre, 2018) and new Australian musical ‘Evie May’ (the Hayes theatre). As a student of virtuosic percussion specialist David Lockeridge, Thomas one day hopes to complete a masters degree specialising in solo percussion.
Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-flautist at home in many musical worlds. Characterised by an ongoing fascination with astronomical phenomena and the incorporation of dance forms, jazz harmonies, improvisation and electroacoustic elements into her compositions, her works are diverse, engaging and linked to her personal spirituality. Her work has been described as "Arresting, genre-blurring..disquieting music with massive breadth and high drama." by the Sydney Morning Herald and "Full of sonic textures and infinite possibility." by Jazz and Beyond. She was one of three finalists in the 2018 nation-wide APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual. With international classical training, she has branched into jazz, experimental live theatre, flamenco fusion and improvisation in a wide range of ensembles. In 2015 she formed her own trio, Ephemera, and after a series of successful shows around Sydney, were invited to feature at the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival in 2017 and Extended Play New Music Festival at City Recital in August 2018. In 2017 she launched her flamenco and jazz-infused contemporary solo flute album, Air in Motion, at the Flute Tree Studio (Leichhardt) to critical acclaim. Her compositions are published by the Australian music publishing house, Wirripang, and have been performed around the world. Having completed her Master of Music Composition at Sydney Conservatorium in 2016, she also has an MA in Flute Performance from Bristol University (UK) and BA Mus involving study at Sydney Conservatorium, Bath Spa University (UK) and Hildesheim University (Germany). www.keynawilkins.com
Mark has won numerous competitions and awards throughout Australia including the Leslie Barklamb Scholarships, the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. In 2006, he was the winner of the Open Flute Competition at the Australian Flute Festival. Internationally, Mark was the recipient of the British Flute Society Award, the Zangger-Weber Stiftung and in 2012, he received the Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the August-Everding Music Competition in Munich, Germany.
Mark began learning the flute with Tony Barnden at the age of 10, who helped him attain his Associate Diploma from the Australian Music Examination Board at the age of 13. Whilst studying with Alan Hardy at the age of 14, Mark was awarded a Licentiate Diploma with Distinction, making him the youngest flutist in Australia to have received the honour. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University where he studied with Virginia Taylor and Vernon Hill, after which he travelled to the U.K to study with Trevor Wye at his Flute Studio; Zurich, Switzerland with Matthias Ziegler where he received his Master of Music Performance and Specialised Master of Music for Soloists degrees; and Munich, Germany with Andrea Lieberknecht where he received his Master of Performance in New Music degree.
Mark was a guest member of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich and has collaborated with several notable composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, William Blank and Heinz Holliger; and conductors such as Kent Nagano, Lionel Bringuier, Roland Kluttig, Zsolt Nagy, David Zinman, Werner Ehrhardt, Douglas Boyd and Nello Santi. As a soloist, Mark has performed with the Bach Collegium München and the Filharmonie Hradec Králové.
Mark is now teaching and performing around Australia and is the Artist-in-Residence at Flutes & Flutists Pty Limited.
Katie Zagórski graduated with first class honours from the Australian National University School of Music before taking up a scholarship position at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has been a finalist in the New Zealand Flute Competition, the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award, a winner of the Victorian Flute Guild Competition and a winner of the Australian International Flute Competition. Katie thoroughly enjoyed her year as the Sydney Symphony Fellow in 2011.
In addition to an active chamber music and solo career, Katie frequently plays with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Opera Australia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and most recently as guest principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed concerti with Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, has twice been an artist in residence at The Banff Centre, Canada, and was the sole Australian competitor for the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition, Denmark, 2010.
Katie enjoyed the past two years down in Hobart playing with the TSO, and is now thrilled to be back in sunny Sydney, living by her favourite Bronte beach.