GUEST ARTISTS


Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway, Ireland, USA

The living legend of the flute, Sir James GALWAY is regarded as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide. Belfast born, Sir James studied in London & Paris before embarking on his prestigious orchestral career with, Sadlers Wells & Royal Covent Garden, The BBC, Royal Philharmonic & London Symphony Orchestra, and then solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. Since launching his successful career as a soloist in 1975, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and most prestigious conductors and sharing the stage with an amazing array of entertainers. Alongside his busy performing schedule he makes time to share his wisdom and experience with the young through the educational programmes at his Galway Flute Academy www.galwayfluteacademy.com He has performed for numerous dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II; Pope John Paul II, HRH Prince Charles, The Empress of Japan, Princess Diana. He also devotes much of his free time supporting many charitable organizations. Sir James received an OBE in 1979 & Knighthood in 2001 from HRH Queen Elizabeth II. www.jamesgalway.com

An accomplished flutist, Lady Jeanne GALWAY continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway brings to the audience her unique style and elegance. Lady Galway regularly performs as soloist with Major orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. She is also a very active, collaborative performer with various chamber groups. Appearing regularly as the premiere flute duo partner with her husband Sir James Galway, the two delight audiences and bring a rare freshness to the platform, unique in the music world. Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her articles, master-classes, recordings and most recently the launch of her and her husbands online teaching series, First Flute – www.firstflute.com. Both she and her husband work together through the Galway Flute Academy, which gives them the opportunity to personally nurture students of all levels. She has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA Victor, BMG Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. A native of New York and graduate of the New York City’s Mannes College of Music. She is performing on Nagahara flute. www.jeannegalway.com


Emmanuel Pahud, France / Switzerland

Emmanuel PAHUD received his first flute lessons as a six-year-old in Rome. Later he studied in Brussels, then in Paris with Michel Debost as well as in Basle with Aurèle Nicolet. He gained orchestral experience playing with the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker as a principal flute in 1993. Following a period of teaching at the Geneva Conservatoire, Emmanuel Pahud returned to the Philharmonic in April 2002. As a soloist he performs with the leading orchestras of the world – with the Berliner Philharmoniker his solo appearance was in Carl Nielsen’s, Marc-André Dalbavie’s, Elliott Carter’s, Jörg Widmann’s Flute Concertos and latest Erkki-Sven Tüür “Lux Stellarum” premiered in May 2022 – as well as in duos and larger chamber ensembles. He has won major prizes for his numerous recordings. In June 2009, Emmanuel Pahud was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture for his contribution to French music. Since 2017, Emmanuel Pahud, who appears in many of the orchestra’s chamber ensembles and has won several ECHO awards for his CD recordings, has been honorary president of the national French flute association.


Walter Auer, Austria

Walter AUER is the Principal Flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera. It is no coincidence that he chose an instrument that is very close to the human voice. „Singing in the orchestra“ is what he aims to achieve in his playing and what singles out his famous, unique sound. His first flute teacher was Johannes von Kalckreuth and went on to study with Michael M. Kofler at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, with Andreas Blau during his time at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and with Aurèle Nicolet in Basel. After studying he was appointed principal flute at Dresden Philharmonic and later with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hanover. He was very successful on many flute competitions (Bonn, Cremona, ARD competition/Munich …). He is always on the look out to add new pieces to the flute repertoire. He closely collaborated with Luna Alcalay (1926-2012), the grande dame of Austrian contemporary music who dedicated „en passant“ (for flute solo). As a very engaging, supportive teacher, he presents masterclasses and workshops throughout Europe, the US and Asia. Walter Auer performs on a 24 carats Sankyo flute with a head joint by Werner Tomasi (Vienna).


Adam Walker, England

Adam WALKER studied with Gitte Sorensen at Chethams School of Music, Manchester, and later at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Michael Cox. The recipient of numerous international awards. He was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra at the age of twenty-one, a position he held until 2020. He performs regularly as a concerto soloist with the major U.K. symphony and chamber orchestras internationally. He has commissioned and given world premieres of solo flute works by many leading composers including Huw Watkins, Brett Dean, Robin Holloway, Kevin Puts and Gerald Barry. A committed chamber musician, he regularly appears at Londons Wigmore Hall and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City, and many major international festivals and venues, collaborating with artists including Sean Shibe, Cedric Tiberghien, Tabea Zimmermann, Pavel Kolesnikov, Mahan Esfahani and Anneleen Lenaerts. He recently launched ‘Orsino’, an ensemble focussed on chamber music for winds. Regularly invited to give masterclasses around the globe, Adam taught a successful flute class for several years at the Royal College of Music, London. Recently has been appointed professor of flute at the University of the Arts, Bern.


Mario Bruno, Italy

Mario BRUNO (born 1997) started playing the flute at a very young age in the class of Antonio Amenduni at the Music Conservatory in Foggia where he graduated in 2015 with cum laude and honorable mention. He then studied with Michele Marasco at the “Accademia Italiana del Flauto”. In 2020 he finished his Master with again cum laude in the class of Davide Formisano at the HMDK in Stuttgart. He is currently attending the Excellence in Performance course in the class of Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Since 2005 he has enjoyed a very successfull carreer, winning first and absolute first prize in several important competitions. In 2022 he won the First Prize and Special Award for the performance of a contemporary piece at the 10th Kobe International Flute Competition and a few days ago he also won the Second prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich. He performed as a soloist in numerous concerts in Italy and abroad and he played in different chamber groups and orchestras.He attended masterclasses with Graf, Fassbender, Oliva, Jacot, Gallois (Accademia Chigiana), Taballione, Fuss (baroque flute), and others. Since August 2021 he is soloflutist at the Staatsorchester Kassel in Germany.


Wouter Kellerman, South Africa

Wouter KELLERMAN received a GRAMMY® Award and three GRAMMY®  nominations for his albums, also reaching #1 on the US Billboard Charts. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures and colors that his magic flute is capable of painting, and creatively blending them with other instrumentation and vocal sounds. He composed the song ‘The Long Road’, a solo flute piece which Wouter wrote for Nelson Mandela, which won the 2016 Global Peace Song Award. In 2018 he collaborated with a South African rural Youth choir Ndlovu – together they created a South African version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’. The song became an internet sensation, with tens of millions of views. Wouter has performed all over the world, including three sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2010 he performed at the FIFA Soccer World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global audience of 700-million viewers. Passionate about teaching and empowering young people, he has sponsored ten children in the SOS Children’s Village in South Africa for the past 20 years; for his continued efforts in helping give these children better lives, he was nominated by the SOS Children’s Villages for the Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.


Szabolcs Szilágyi, Hungary

Szabolcs SZILÁGYI was born to a family of artists. His father was an actor and his mother is a cultural manager, who works as an art gallery director. Graduated from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he was a student of the late Tihamér Elek. He then went to London to continue postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Susan Milan. Meanwhile, invited by the maestro, he attended Sir James Galway’s international seminar in Weggis, Switzerland, on several occasions. He has been a member of Concerto Budapest since 1995. He played at the Frankfurt Chamber Opera, and was a regular member of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of pianist/conductor Tamás Vásáry and later of world renowned conductor Ádám Fischer. As an orchestra musician he has toured in nearly all European countries, Russia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, the Middle East and the USA. He has made TV, DVD and Radio recordings, and CD recordings for Hungaroton, BMC, Teldec/Warner and Naxos. He premiered in Hungary the works of such composers as Lowell Liebermann, Mike Mower and David Heath. Since 2018 he has recorded exclusively for Hunnia Records. Since 2020 he is a Haynes Artist. www.szabolcsszilagyi.com


Julin Cheung, USA

Julin CHEUNG (born 2007) started flute lessons with Mary Macrae at the age of six and joined the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra when he was nine. In 2016, at Sir James Galway’s invitation, Julin participated in the Galway Flute Festival where he collaborated with some of the most accomplished flute players in the world. Since then, Julin has won a number of local and international awards, notably a first prize in Severino Gazzelloni International Flute Competition, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia National Collegiate Competition, Classical KING FM Young Artist, as well as Seattle Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Young Artists awards. He performed as a soloist with several professional orchestras, reaching out to diverse audiences of all ages. Julin currently is a student of Jeffrey Khaner at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In Seattle, he was privileged to learn from Demarre McGill, Jeffrey Barker, and Zart Dombourian-Eby. Over the course of his studies, he has benefited from masterclasses and workshops with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, Donna Shin, Jennifer Rhyne, Mimi Stillman, Carolyn Christie, Francesco Loi, Davide Formisano, Kersten McCall, Daniel Matsukawa, Erica Peel, Chelsea Knox, Judy Dines, and Anthony McGill.

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In memoriam Fedja Rupel (1937-2021), his former students

Flutist Fedja RUPEL (1937-2021) graduated flute at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, in the class of Professor Boris Čampa. From 1957 to 1959, while he was still a student, he was a member of the RTV Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra. He continued his studies as a scholarship of the French government at the Paris Conservatory with Professor Gaston Crunelle, and also studied at the Ecole normale de Musique Conservatory in Paris. Throughout his career he was a solo flutist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Slavko Osterc chamber ensemble, Ljubljana Wind Trio and a solo flutist of the Teatro Verdi Orchestra in Trieste. He has performed throughout Slovenia, Europe and Asia and has premiered a large number of works by Slovenian composers, many of which are dedicated to him. From 1974 to 2012 he was a professor of flute and chamber music at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, and from 1985 to 1993 he was also the Vice Dean for artistic affairs. Fedja Rupel has won several notable awards, such as Student Prešern Award, III. Award at the Young Music Artists of Yugoslavia Competition in Zagreb (1959), Yugoslav Radio and Television Award (1967), Award of the Society of Slovene Composers (1972), Independent Award of the Society of Slovene Composers (1984) and Betett Award of the Slovene Music Artists Association.


Zagorje Music School Flute Orchestra, Slovenia

The Zagorje ob Savi Music School Flute Orchestra was founded in the school year 2004/05 with the aim of helping flute students to gain orchestral practice as quickly as possible, and above all to develop a positive attitude towards work and strengthen social skills, cooperation and friendship by playing in the orchestra,. At concerts and performances, the orchestra presents itself with various musical genres – from fun, folk, jazz to classical and contemporary music. We consider it a great honor that quite a few well-established Slovenian composers have dedicated their original works to us. Among them: Nana Forte, Blaž Pucihar and Igor Podpečan. The orchestra mainly performs at school performances and concerts organized by the Zagorje ob Savi Music School, charity events and magazines. They also prepare solo concert almost every year. Our greatest honor is the performance at the 8th Festival of Slovenian Flutists in 2010. The orchestra’s artistic director, conductor and founder is Nataša Burger, professor of flute at the Zagorje ob Savi School of Music, who fulfilled her long-standing desire to found an orchestra in which could bring together all flautists – from younger to slightly older, regardless of whether they are still attending a music school or not. She was able to do this thanks to her great dedication to work, diligence and perseverance. She continues her work successfully and with great love for working with children more than successfully on the way to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the orchestra. We are proud of this and also of the fact that the first flute orchestra in Slovenia was founded in Zagorje ob Savi.


Pianists:

Amedeo Salvato, Italy

Amedeo SALVATO enjoys a career as a solo performer, chamber-music player and accompanist, partnering many different instrumentalists and singers. He began his piano studies at the age of 5 and graduated with honour grade at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella, Naples, with Paolo Spagnolo and Antonio Florio. He, then, attended courses with Andrej Jazinskj and with Aldo Ciccolini, Alain Menieur and Christian Ivaldi. His intense musical activities led him playing all over Italy as well as the whole Europe, Russia, Japan and South America. He has played concerts in famous halls such as the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Burj-Kalifa Concert Hall in Dubai and many others. In 2002 he was appointed official pianist by the International Singing Competition of Clermont Ferrand. From 2010 he is a member of “La Scuola dell’Opera Italiana” held by Teatro Comunale di Bologna, where he regularly coaches professional singers and piano accompanists as well. He is currently teaching at Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” in Bologna and, since 2021, is appointed musical director and artistic advisor at the “Scuola dell’Opera del Teatro Comunale di Bologna”.


László Borbély, Hungary

Pianist László BORBÉLY got his diploma with honours (Master of Music in Performance and Teaching) then his doctoral degree (Doctor of Liberal Arts) at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, where he is an assistant professor of Piano Faculty. He was awarded with Junior Prima and Artisjus Prize. He has won several awards at international competitions (among others 2nd Prize at the Liszt-Bartók International Piano Competition in Budapest and 2nd Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition). He has performed concerts in most of countries of Europe, the United States and Asia as well. He had lessons with Dmitrij Bashkirov, Gábor Csalog, Christopher Elton, Noel Flores, Péter Frankl, Jan-Marisse Huizing, Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, Claudio-Martinez Mehner, Murray Perrahia, Livia Rév, András Schiff, Tamás Ungár and Rita Wagner. He has released five solo albums (Bach’s Goldberg-variations, Bach’s The Art of Fugue, Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue of Birds, etc.) and two more recordings with Szabolcs Szilágyi flutist under the label of Hunnia Records. Most currently he is working on the integral recording of the three Bartók piano concerts. www.borbelylaszlo.hu


Huw Watkins, UK

A pianist and one of Britain’s foremost composers, Huw WATKINS, who was born in Wales, performs with orchestras, in chamber collaborations, and in festivals around the globe. He is deeply committed to the performance of new music and has had piano concertos written for him. His own compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Nash Ensemble, the Belcea and Elias quartets, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others. He won the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2016 Elise L. Stoeger Prize in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition. He is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer. He has made several chamber recordings for Wergo and EMI Classics. NMC Records released In My Craft or Sullen Art, a disc dedicated to Mr. Watkins’s work. He teaches music at the Royal Academy of Music and is Composer-in-Association with BBC NOW.


Lorenzo Cossi, Italy

Italian pianist Lorenzo COSSI completed his studies at the “G. Tartini” conservatory in Trieste with prof. Giuliana Gulli. His musical education developed also with other important artists, such as Nino Gardi, Elisso Virsaladze, Joaquìn Achùcarro, William Grant Naborè and Jerome Lowenthal. His performance of the Brahms first Piano Concerto in D minor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Roberto Minczuk received a standing ovation. In the last year, as a collaborator of the Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, he played in some of the most important concert halls, such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Hamburg “Elbphilharmonie” and the Wiener Konzerthaus. His repertoire ranges from the baroque era to contemporary music, with a special interest for Jazz music and improvisation. Lorenzo has always been fascinated by chamber music, and had the possibility to collaborate with many important musicians such as flutist Walter Auer from Wiener Philharmoniker and many others. A passionate teacher, after being piano professor for three years at the “G. Paisiello” Conservatory in Taranto, Italy, Lorenzo is now a piano professor at the Gustav Mahler Privatuniversität in Klagenfurt, Austria. www.lorenzocossi.it


Lecturer:

Ana Kavčič Pucihar Phd, Slovenia

Ana KAVČIČ PUCIHAR, PhD, works as an assistant for Woodwind Pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she graduated in Flute Performance, Flute Pedagogy (1999), and finished Postgraduate Diploma in Flute Performance (2001) in the class of prof. Fedja Rupel.  Under his mentorship she received M. Sc. in Flute Pedagogy (2011) and PhD in Music Education (2019) with dr. Branka Rotar Pance. With her husband Blaž Pucihar they created Igramo se flavto, first Slovenian flute tutor book; translation of the book, Fluting Stars, is 2016 winner of the Newly Published Music Competition at the National Flute Association/USA. As a 2015 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boise State University/USA, Ana was researching effective teaching strategies in flute instruction. She continues to research what makes instrumental music teaching effective and shares her insights at numerous seminars for music teachers in Slovenia and internationally. She is recipient of the prestigious Slovenian Music Educators’ Gerbič award (2015). Ana teaches the flute at the Music School Kamnik and leads her Private Flute Studio Glasbénium.