Emily Beynon, UK

Emily Beynon

Emily BEYNON is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. She began her flute studies as a junior with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily has performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the Vienna, Prague, Netherlands and English Chamber Orchestras and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Emily has made guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Skampa Quartet, Steven Isserlis, Dame Felicity Lott, Jean-Yves Tibaudet, the Kungsbacka Trio and Brodsky Quartet. She is frequently heard on BBC radio and Classic FM, and has featured in several television documentaries for Thames, the BBC and AVRO (Netherlands). Emily is an enthusiastic protagonist of new music and has had many new works written for her by some of the UK’s leading composers. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. In 2009 she set up the Netherlands Flute Academy.

Jasmine Choi, South Korea

Jasmine CHOI has performed throughout the globe in a variety of genres from solo, chamber, and orchestral to experimental, jazz, and pop. Ms. Choi is a full-time soloist concertizing more than 100 concerts per year. Her previous orchestral positions include the principal flute of the Vienna Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony. She is currently the principal flute of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. As a soloist she performed with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozart Players, New York Classical Players, Sarasota Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic in Finland, Seoul Philharmonic in Korea, as well as recitals in Paris, Vienna, London, Munich, New York, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Choi has participated in Marlboro Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival, Sarasota Festival. Ms. Choi’s performances were featured in Winter Olympics celebration in PyeongChang, Korea. She was the last pupil of the late Julius Baker. She studied also with Jeffrey Khaner at Juilliard School. She has recorded several solo CDs under Sony Classical label. She enjoys teaching and guiding young students in master classes around the world.

Matteo Evangelisti, Italy

Matteo EVANGELISTI began studying the flute at age 13 with Filippo Cianfoni and graduated in 2003 with highest honors. Then he graduated with Glauco Cambursano at the Academy of Imola, where he obtained a Master’s degree. Currently is the principal flutist of the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (chosen from Riccardo Muti), he has collaborated with the most important Italian orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia’s Academy, the Teatro all-a Scala, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. He won first prizes on many important national and international competitions in Italy, such as Krakamp, Severino Gazzelloni, Syrinx, Ovada, Palmi and Leonardo de Lorenzo. He won the International Competition Biwako in Japan and the International Competition Timisoara in Romania, second prize in the International Competition in Nice Maxence Larrieu and special mention to Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition in Paris. He has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonic Valcea in Romania and Vidin, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Cameristi and has given recitals in Geneva and Nice with Maestro Larrieu.

Christina Fassbender, Germany

Christina FASSBENDER studied at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Prof. Jean-Claude Gerard. She postgraduated at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Michael Martin Kofler. From 1996 to 1999 she was a flutist in the Munich Radio Orchestra and from 1999 to 2012 was the Principal Flute in the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. As a guest principal flutist, she was invited by orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of WDR and many others. As a soloist she performed with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin (with conductor Kirill Petrenko), the Orchestra of Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Lucerne Festival Strings, and others. She appeared in Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Chile, Costa Rica, the United States and Canada. She has made numerous radio broadcasts and CD recordings. She has taught at the conservatories in Berlin, Lübeck, and Rostock. She was the Flute Professor at the University in Münster (successor to Prof. Konrad Hünteler) at Musikhochschule Würzburg and since 2017 she is a Professor at the University of Art in Berlin.

Adriana Ferreira, Portugal

Adriana FERREIRA has been recently appointed as Principal Flutist of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since 2012 she is Co-Principal Flute at the Orchestre National de France; for one year, she was also Principal Flute of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010 she won 1st Prize, Orchestra Prize and the Young Jury’s Prize at the Carl Nielsen competition. In 2013, she was awarded 3rd Prize at the Kobe International Competition in Japan, before obtaining 1st Prize of the Severino Gazzelloni Competition in Italy in 2014. Finally, she won the Geneva Competition (joint 2nd Prize, the 1st Prize was not attributed). With pianist Isolda Crespi she recorded the CD “Danse des Sylphes” in Portugal and a CD for the Falaut collection in Italy. Recently, she released a CD as a soloist with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, for the Swiss label Claves. She studied at the Artave Music School with Joaquin Mota. Laureate of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, she joined the class of Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire (2008-2015), where she graduated. She also studied with Benoît Fromanger in Berlin Hochschüle Hanns Eisler and holds a Musicology Degree from the Paris-Sorbonne University.

Stefan Keller, Switzerland

The classical studied flute player Stefan KELLER is searching with his instruments the “unheard soundscapes”, which are named as “Flute Trends by Stefan Keller”. As a musician and composer between baroque – classical – jazz and avant-garde, he found his own musical language. He got several achievements for his innovative artwork from the “Aargauer Kuratorium”. Keller was at the “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris and as a scholarship in Berlin. His unique instruments like the BeBe flute, the glissando flute, the quartertone – alto – bass and contrabass flute until the spectacular subcontrabass flute gives him many sound and possibilities in any musical field. When he combines his instruments with live electronics and surround loops, he gets an unbelievable sound-carpet like an orchestra. He creates his own music for Solo, Duo or for three and many more instruments. For daily exercises, he did write books like “Improve it!”, “All you need”, or “Palette, 12 studies for contemporary flute playing”, as well the “4 elements” and so on … With his music projects like “underwater”, “sound castle”, “concert with a carpenter”, “concert in factories” with machines and the collaboration with other arts he is well-known in Europe and in Japan.

Rhonda Larson, USA

Rhonda LARSON is a Grammy Award-winning player of the flute, born and raised in the mountains of Montana. This Big Sky Country in the Wild West helped form her into a nature-loving, free-spirited trailblazing artist. She entered the national music scene by winning first prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition at the age of 22, including a Carnegie Hall debut. Composing much of her own music, Larson’s visionary force showcases her gold flute and an array of ethnic flutes in a new and refreshing light. Rhonda has also expanded the sonic capabilities of her instrument with entirely new techniques, most notably her inventive flute-and-voice unison, performed simultaneously. “My first priority is to artistic authenticity, hoping to better serve the odds of lifting people’s hearts—THAT is why I am a musician.” Rhonda tours worldwide and has a discography of over 20 commercial recordings. As a sought-after teacher, she conducts masterclasses at universities, flute organizations, community outreach events, and individual instruction. She owns and operates her publishing company, Wood Nymph Music, producing her sheet music from graphic design to distribution. When not playing the flute, Rhonda can be found outdoors.

Yuan Yu, China

Young Chinese flutist Yuan YU (born in 2001) is a student at the Conservatoire National de Musique et Danse de Paris in the class of Professor Philippe Bernold, assisted by Florence Souchard-Delépine. He has achieved success in a number of competitions. In 2012, he won first prize in the children’s section of the inaugural China Flute Association. In 2015 he was given an honorable mention at the 67th International Prague Spring Music Competition. In 2017, at the age of fifteen, he was the winner of the 7th Krakow International Flute Competition. Later in the same year, he also won first prize at the 9th Kobe International Flute Competition. This year he was named the 2018 winner of the ‘Discovery Award’ by the International Classical Music Awards. Yuan receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and takes part in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy.

Group TERRAFOLK, Slovenia

Bojan Cvetrežnik, violin, mandolin, double bass
Danijel Černe-Mystica, guitar
An Černe, flutes, vocal, nai, violin
Barja Drnovšek, violin, double bass

Slovenian folk band TERRAFOLK was founded in 1999 at Festival Lent in Maribor, Slovenia by progressive rock composer Danijel Černe (aka Mystica), former classical soloist Bojan Cvetrežnik and multi-instrumentalist Boštjan Gombač. They quickly rose to fame, performing at numerous festivals throughout Europe, including the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury, before winning the BBC World Music Audience Award in 2003. Although their music is rooted in folk, they draw on a huge range of musical styles ranging from classical to jazz and alternative rock to now playing mostly Terrafolk composed music. They are also known for their sense of humor, performing songs such as “You Are My Sunshine” on the mandolin in the style of a death metal band, or playing on the top of 4m high ‘pods’, surrounded by fireworks in The World Famous Full Circle. One British journalist described the Terrafolk sound as “Everything respected, nothing sacred”. The band formed the ONE music society (Društvo za ENO glasbo) to better define the unlimited approach to their musical style. Live performances started as duo gigs but now the band is performing more concerts with orchestra.

Raffaele Maisano, Italy

Pianist Raffaele MAISANO was a pupil of Paolo Spagnolo. He graduated in 2001 at Music Conservatory in Napoli magna cum laude, with unanimity and the special commendation with the highest rating and the honorable mention. Later he graduated from the International Piano Academy in Imola. Here he studied with Piero Rattalino and later with Giovanni Valentini and Leonid Margarius (the pupil of Regina Horowitz). Since 2015, Maisano has been a professor at the Latina Conservatory, and in 2016, he was also a professor in Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome. He was the guest of important stages and festivals in the world, such Teatro San Carlo of Napoli, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Festival Monteverdi in Brussel, Sala Della Conciliazione in Rome, Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Theater Politeama in Palermo, Ravello Festival, Stresa Festival and many others. He has also built an important experience in chamber music, through the regular partnership with Italian Associazione Falaut. He graduated also in Philosophy at the University of Napoli.

Amedeo Salvato, Italy

Italian pianist Amedeo SALVATO plays as a soloist, chamber musician, and piano accompanist for instrumentalists and singers. He studied also with Andrej Jasinskj and Aldo Ciccolini. He has been awarded at the Premio Internazionale Pausilypon-Denza and Premio Internazionale of Vietri Sul Mare. He has performed as a soloist and within chamber ensembles in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, East Europe and Russia. He regularly appears all over Italy as well as in Austria, Germany, France, Spain, England, East Europe, Russia, Japan, and South America. He is invited as the regular pianist for different competitions, conventions and festivals where he plays with artists such as Maxence Larrieu, Peter Lukas Graf, William Bennett, Michel Debost, Jean-Claude Gerard, Davide Formisano, Andrea Oliva, Sharon Bezaly, Bruno Grossi, Francesco Loi, Mario Caroli, Thomas Indermhule, Vicens Prats, Jose Luis Estelles, David Thomas… Recently he works at “La Scuola dell’Opera Italiana” of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna.

 Andrew West, UK

Pianist Andrew WEST has been one of the artistic directors of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival. The festival has promoted a wide range of British music, from Purcell to Adès. Andrew is particularly known for his work with singers. He is Chairman and Artistic Director of the Kirckman Concert Society, which for over 50 years has auditioned exceptional young musicians and offered them London debut recitals. His recordings include Lieder by Strauss, Marx and Bruno Walter and Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. As a duo pianist, he has appeared at the City of London and Cheltenham Festivals. Besides playing with Emily Beynon Andrew has worked with violinist Sarah Chang and with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras at many of the major European halls. He won second prize at the Geneva International Piano Competition and has since made solo tours of South Africa, South America, and the United States. He is currently professor of chamber music and accompaniment at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.