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Viktoriia was born in 2002 in Ukraine. Her musical journey has begun at the age of 11 when she started developing interest in classical music. Paweł Majewski- a teacher in State Music School in Szczecin, Poland- had the most impact on her musical growth. Since 2018 Viktoriia has shown her increasing interest in orchestration, countrepoint and history. Later she became a pupil of the Polish contemporary composer Artur Cieślak. Since 2020 Viktoriia is a student of Academy of Arts in Szczecin. She now studies flute under the supervision of prof. Renata Guzik and actively participates in theory and performance masterclasses.
After attending Conservatory in Ljubljana I began my studies at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität under prof. Johanna Dömötör. Additionally I took part in masterclasses by Hansgeorg Schmeiser, Philippe Bernold, Rachel Brown, Nina Assimakopoulus, Janos Balint, Jan Ostry and Eva-Nina Kozmus. I have received Silver Award at international competitions SVIREL 2015 and 2016, Golden Award and third prize at international competition EMONA 2015, Silver Award at competitions TEMSIG 2016 and 2019, Second prize at International Competition Giovani Musicisti in Treviso 2017, First prize at International Competition OPUS 2021 and competed in the finale of Tampere Young Artist Competition 2021.
My name is Marta Cerina. I have been playing flute for 9 years. Now I am studying at Jazepa Medins Rigas Music High School. I have successfully participated in some international competitions such as I prize at the Wind Stars 2020, II and III prize at Karlis Strals international flute competition "Young flutist " in 2018 and 2020.
Sandra Kocyk, Kozienice-Poland I’m 17. I was born in Kozienice and I went to Music School. Now I’m studying in second-level Oscar Kolberg’s Music School in Radom in the class of Mrs Anna Włodarska-Szetela, accompanied by the Mrs Emilia Markowska-Tomala. I got Grand Prize in the ,,International Youth Music Competitions” in the USA, 1st place & the Audience Award in the ,,Future Stars" in Italy, 1st prize in the ,,Music Charity Contest” in Thailand, 3rd prize in the ,,Silk Way” competition in Moscow and the Excellence Award in ,,The Sound of Music” in Oradea.
Dmytro Kyryliv was born in Ternopil, Ukraine on 12.05.2002. He is a young Ukrainian clarinetist and composer. Dmytro started his education in hometown Ternopil, Ukraine. He graduated from Ternopil Gymnasium, Ternopil School of Arts and Ternopil Music College. His first clarinet teacher was Evgeny Gayda. Currently he is studying in Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna in Austria with Reinhard Wieser. Dmytro is a winner of several International Clarinet and Composition competitions. He is regularly participating in Clarinet and Composition masterclasses. In summer 2020 Dmytro released his debut album „Madness” with his own music.
Eduardo Peco was born in 2002 in Valencia, then he started his clarinet studies at the age of 9 years old at Centro Musical Paternense in Paterna, Valencia. Afterwards, he continued his music studies at Professional Conservatory “Mestre Molins” in Quart de Poblet (Valencia) obtaining the “Professional Music Award”. In 2020 he began Clarinet Performance Degree at Conservatorio Superior de Música “Joaquín Rodrigo” (Valencia) where he is currently studying. He has won several awards such as the second place in National Clarinet Competition “Lliria Ciutat Creativa” (2021) and the Shining Talent Award of Silverstein International Clarinet Contest (2021), Eduardo has participated in several masterclasses with clarinetists from national and international level. .
Krishna Sepúlveda Nieto, born in August 2001, she is currently an undergraduate student at the Universidad Mayor under the tutelage of Kathya Galleguillos Diaz and since 2021 in joint cathedra with Master Luis Rossi. He began to practice clarinet from the age of 9 being a member of the orchestra of his school where he had the opportunity to participate in tours to countries such as EE.UU and Bolivia. After that she has won different competitions to integrate youth orchestras throughout the country and in 2018 she was the winner of the young talent contest organized by the Solistico de Santiago.
I am a 19-year old oboist from Jacksonville, FL USA. Currently, I am a sophomore student at Manhattan School of Music in NYC under the direction of Mr. Robert Botti studying oboe performance. My love for oboe started in grade school during a music class where students were encouraged to listen to multiple different instruments. By the end of that class I had fallen in love with its sound and knew I wanted to tie my future with this instrument. I have won numerous awards, with some of his greatest achievements so far being; participation in the Florida All-State Symphonic Orchestra, winner of the American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2018 with a solo performance at the Carnegie Hall, and All-District 17 Honors Band. I also have a long list of music summer programs that I attended including John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen, Curtis Summerfest, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute, Florida State University Honors Chamber program and International Music Camp in Canada, and several others. My aspirations are ultimately play with an internationally recognized orchestra.
Lucas He is a rising senior from Solon, Ohio. He has been playing the Alto Saxophone and Cello since he was 10 years old. Lucas currently studies with saxophonist Ethan Miller and cellist Pamela Kelley. He plays in the Akron Youth Symphony and the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, as well as his school’s Sinfonia Orchestra. His favorite part about making music is showing people how versatile both the Saxophone and Cello can be. Outside of music, Lucas enjoys playing soccer and competing in Public Forum Debate. He also loves spending time with his family and friends.
Pablo Castaño started playing the saxophone when he was just 9 years of age, age at which he started attending lessons at Escola de Música de Valga. He starts his higher education in 2019 at Centro Superior de Música de Galicia, being taught by Adrián Pais. He frequently attends courses and masterclasses, some of them by prestigious musicians such as Marie Bernadette Charrier, Xabier Casal, Pedro Pablo Cámara Toldos... He is currently part of the Banda de Música de Valga.
Marcin Sokoleńko was born in 2001. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 11. The saxophonist develops his skills at numerous solo master classes and courses. He has performed at many festivals in Poland. Marcin Sokoleńko has been an award winner of Polish and international solo as well as chamber music competitions. He has collaborated with brass bands and big bands. After receiving his maturity certificate at the age of 19 he commenced studies at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków.
I'm studying in Frederic Chopin's Second-Degree Music School in Gdansk-Wrzeszcz in a bassoon class lead by Ewa Naczk-Jankowska. I've been playing the bassoon for 4 years.
Dayna Hagstedt is a flutist and educator based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, she is pursuing an Advanced Music Studies degree in flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University with Lorna McGhee. Additionally, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University with Alberto Almarza. Prior to her time at Carnegie Mellon, she studied flute performance at the prestigious high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her major teachers include Alberto Almarza, Tadeu Coelho, Lorna McGhee and Nicolas Duchamp.
Flautist Leila Hooton has recently graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a first-class honours BMus(Hons) degree where she learned with Marie-Christine Zupancic. She has also studied with Anna Noakes, Judith Hall, and Andrew Lane and spent a semester studying on Erasmus at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Thies Roorda. Leila has wide performance experience ranging from playing at the Barbican with the Britten Sinfonia, recording for the Peaky Blinders Soundtrack, performing at the EU Parliament with Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and touring Serbia playing for Birmingham School of Acting.
My name is Beatrice Miniaci (class 1998), I am a 22-year-old Amsterdam-based musician. My passion for music arose back in the days of primary school, where I attended an after-school music course. Immediately, I got fascinated by the sound of the flute and soon I wanted to investigate this growing interest, therefore in 2010 I enrolled in the flute class of the conservatory of Brescia (IT) under the guidance of Mauro Scappini. During these first years of musical education, I followed seasonal masterclasses with Marco Zoni, already the first chair at "Teatro La scala", who brought me on stage for my first soloist performance on July 2016, when I performed the 1st movement of W. A Mozart’s concerto for flute and orchestra (K313), in the context of "Salso Summer Class & Festival” in Salsomaggiore. During this period I also won some competitions, as the “10° National Competition of musical performance - Città di Piove di Sacco” (1st price, 2017), the “8th International Competition for Young Musicians City of Treviso”. (2nd prize, 2016) and the “9th International Competition for Young Musicians City of Bardolino - Jan Langosz” (1st prize, 2015) After graduating from the Italian conservatory, I decided to continue studying abroad, I enrolled in the Conservatory of Amsterdam, under the guidance of Marieke Schneemann first, and later of Kersten McCall, already the first chair at “Concertgebouw Orkest”. During this period, I attended several masterclasses, to name some: Felix Renggli, Robert Dick, and Andrea Oliva, and took part in competitions, as the “Antonín Reicha Award for wind instrument players" (1st prize, 2019). I love performing in classical music setting and also in collaborative projects , as I am intrigued by investigating the connection between music and other forms of art. I love the colour Bordeaux, folk baroque music, the smell of cut grass, and slacklining.
Iga was born in Brodnica and there she started her flute education as thirteen-year-old girl. Now she is student of Maria Peradzyńska-Filip and Joanna Przewoźniczuk-Kaszewska in ZPSM nr 4 in Warsaw and psychology student at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw as well. She takes part in many master classes and music competitions. Becoming a professional musician is Iga's biggest dream.
She was born in Cullera in 1998 and she finished her Professional Degree studies in 2017 at the Professional Conservatory "Rafael Talens" of Cullera obtaining the Extraordinary Award of Professional Degree in the specialties of Clarinet and Chamber Music with professor Jose Ángel Murillo Arce. She made her higher degree studies at the “Conservatorio Superior Joaquín Rodrigo" first with Vicente Pastor and then with Carlos Lacruz and also she studied Pedagogy courses. In 2019 she obtained by audition-contest and by vote of all the Chamber Music teachers, the Honor Roll Student in the Chamber Music subject. In 2020, she has won the 3rd prize in the XIII National Chamber Music Competition “Villa de Cox” with her clarinet quartet called “A Ixena Quarteto”. She has collaborated in several orchestras such as the International Regions Orchestra (IRO) of Germany as clarinetist and bass clarinet, she is also a member of the Women's Band of the Federation of Musical Societies of the Valencian Community, she is also a member of the Young Symphonic Band of the Federation of Musical Societies of the Valencian Community. Currently she is also a full member of the Young Symphony Orchestra of the Federation of Musical Societies of the Valencian Community and reserve of the Young Orchestra of the Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV).
Claire Zwiefelhofer currently studies with Sang Yoon Kim at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and has studied previously with Jennifer Gerth. She grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI, and began her studies with Dr. Melissa Koprowski in Eau Claire. Ms. Zwiefelhofer has placed in several competitions, such as Thursday Musical and Rico: Take First, and was a featured soloist twice in her high school band. She frequently performs in her Dixieland band, the Chippewa Valley All-Stars, and has been invited to play concerts with her guitarist, Jeremy Hiniker.
Sojung Lee is doing her Master studies in HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin. She has won a lot of competitions in South Korea such as JoongAng Music Concours, Journal of Music Competition and others and got 2nd Prize in New York Artists International Competition. Furthermore, she is also known as a good ensemble player that she was selected as Kumho Young Chamber Artist.
Maja Lagowska is a student at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw, oboe class of prof. Arkadiusz Krupa. She has developed her music skills during masterclasses given by oboists such as Jerzy Kotyczka, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Peter Frankenberg, Juan Garcia-Cano, Ralph van Daal, David Walter. She is a laureate of multiple music competitions, i.a. 2nd place at the All-Poland Inter-university Oboe Competition named by Stanislaw Malikowski in Warsaw (2019), 1st place at the 1st All-Poland Oboe Competition in Cracow (2019), 1st place at the 8th International Competition of Child’s and Youth Contemporary Music ‘’Srebrna Szybka’’ in Cracow (2018), 2nd place at the 16th International Music Competition ‘’Pro Bohemia’’ in Ostrava (2018). She has taken part in orchestral projects and festivals such as Polish Youth Orchestra LYO, European Spirit of Youth Orchestra in Italy, Emirates International Peace Music Festival in Dubai.
Born in Italy in 2000, Giulia Cadei received her first bassoon lesson with Maestro Giorgio Versiglia. At the age of 20, she graduated with distinction from Gaetano Donizetti conservatory in Bergamo with the same professor. She has attended numerous masterclasses with maestri: Marco Postinghel, Sergio Azzolini, Klaus Thunemann, Carlo Colombo, Giorgio Mandolesi, Pedro Silva, Matthias Racz, Andrea Cellacchi and Stefano Canuti. She has played whit: orchestra A. Vivaldi di Valle Camonica, Futurorchestra (youth orchestra in Milan), Milanoclassica, OSCOM (symphony orchestra of the conservatory of Milan), Philarmonic of the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo. In summer 2019 she participated in the AYO (Asian youth orchestra) taking part in the tour following the orchestra in the most important theaters in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In summer 2020 she participated with EUYO in the European Music Gallery Festival She is also a member of the QUartetto Acero 4.1, a bassoon quartet, that received first prize cum laude at the European Music Festival for Young People in Neerpelt.
Born on 20 October 1998 in Zakopane, Poland. She started playing bassoon at the age of 10. Graduated the Secondary Music School of Bronislaw Rutkowski in Krakow in 2020 in the class of dr Damian Lipień and got a Bachelor's degree at the Music of Academy in Krakow with Dr Wojciech Turek on 2021. Currently is a first-year Master student. Took part in the masterclass of Carlo Colombo (France), Sophie Dervaux (France), David Tomas Reap (Germany), Frank Frost (Germany), Jaroslaw Augustyniak (Poland).
Yip Chun Hei graduated from the King's College, a cradle of Hong Kong Harmonica Players. He studies for a Bachelor degree in Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, major in Harmonica. As a frequent winner in international Harmonica Festival, Yip was the champion of Chamber and Orchestra group in Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival in 2016. In the Seoul International Harmonica Festival 2018, he achieved the second place of Chromatic Harmonica Solo (Teenagers). Apart from his competition experiences, Yip is a member of RedBricks, the local Harmonica Ensemble, actively performing in various local and international events including the Hong Kong Sevens, Hong Kong Harmonica Successors Concert and ''Hello Hong Kong'' project directed by Korean Cultural Center.
I am a graduate of MA studies at the K. Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. I work as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. I have played numerous projects with world-famous conductors such as Alexander Liebreich, Antonino Fogliani, Krzysztof Penderecki, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, Jean- Pierre Torteriel, Colin Metters. I participated in a masterclasses with world-famous flutists such as Wally Hase, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Emily Beynon, Łukasz Długosz. Sabina Kołodziej (my accompanist) is also a graduate of the K. Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. We’ve been playing together since 2020, during this time we have won awards in international competitions: Ist prize on ISCART International Music Competition, Lugano 2021 Ist prize on International Moscow Music Competition, Moscow 2021 (ensemble category) IIIrd prize on Inernational Music Competition OPUS 2021 (ensemble category)
My music education began back in 2007 in Warsaw, Poland. I have studied at the Karol Kurpiński State School of Music and the Józef Elsner State School of Music. I then decided to pursue further studies in the flute with Professor Łukasz Zimnik at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where I also played at my Bachelor Diploma in 2020. During the course of my education, I have participated in a host of different Master Classes across the Europe. This has given me the opportunity to work with renowned flutists from across the world like Wally Hase, András Adorján, János Bálint, Carsten Eckert, Agata Igras and Gareth McLearnon. I have also participated in many Orchestral Projects and Concerts. During projects I worked on, I have worked with some fine Artists like Ruben Silva, Misha Katz, Boon Hua Lien, Andrzej Zubek and Marek Moś.
Alexander Lipay is a three time Grammy Award winning musician. He is the principal flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and True Concord Voices and Orchestra.
Flautist Erica Wilkins is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her 2020-21 musical achievements include winning UNO’s Concerto-Aria Competition and the Nebraska Wind Symphony Memorial Scholarship. She was also accepted to be a part of the 2021 and 2022 National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir. Erica is a substitute musician and Music Mentor for the Omaha Symphony. She has performed in masterclasses for Sergio Pallottelli, Sir James Galway, Ervin Monroe, and Jim Walker. Her principal teachers include UNO Woodwind Professor Dr. Christine Erlander Beard and Maria Harding (principal flute, Omaha Symphony).
Krisztina Lanczkor-Kocsis made his diploma with honours at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music (Prof. Zoltán Lass) in 2006 and received his doctorate degree (DLA) ”summa cum laude” at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 2013. She has participated in the masterclasses of András Adorján, János Bálint, Csalog Benedek, Sir James Galway, Gergely Ittzés, Lóránt Kovács, Barthold Kuijken, István Matuz, Emmanuel Pahud. Krisztina Lanczkor-Kocsis won the 1st prize in the Zoltán Jeney Hungarian National Flute Competition in Kaposvár in 2000, and in the Prosper Amtmann Flute Competition in Sellye in 2010. She was the winner of the International Flute Competition in Timisoara in 2005 and of the International Flute-Harp Chamber Competition in Arles in 1999 with Anastasia Razvaljaeva. She was the flute professor of the István Vántus Music High School in Szeged from 2004 to 2018. Krisztina Lanczkor-Kocsis is the first flutist of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra from 2007.
Zixuan Yan is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance at the University of Miami and is a teaching assistant to Dr. Jennifer Grim. As an avid soloist, she has been a prizewinner of various festival and competitions including the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), and the Madeline Island Chamber Music festival. Other accolades include being a winner of the 2021 Frost Concerto Competition and 2018 UNLV Concerto Competition, the top winner in 2021 Quebec International Music Competition, the third prize in 2021 Charleston International Baroque Music Competition, Honorable mention in the Schubert Club Competition in Minnesota and a selected performer on Thursday Musical Artist Series at MacPhail Center for Music in 2017.
Ana Carina Sousa is graduated in Flute by the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. She attended the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland. She is also master in Musicteaching. She was invited to the final of the Concertgebouw Orchestra audition in Amsterdam. Ana Carina Sousa was finalist of the Youtube World Orchestra. Ana Carina Sousa is a soloist, teacher and composer. She is also Director of the Academy of Performative Arts. She is an author edited by AvA Musical Editions.
Sanda Mašić earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, under professor Miomir Simonović and a Chamber Music Certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she worked as a graduate teaching assistant under Dr. Jennifer Clippert. She performed throughout Europe and the U.S. and appeared as a soloist with the UWM Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra Orfej. As recent winner of the UNL Concerto Competition for 2020/21, she will perform the famous Concerto in d minor Wq 22 by C.Ph.E. Bach this October. As an orchestral musician, Mašić participated in many orchestral tours including a tour of Romania (Piatra Neamt), Italy (Trieste, Milan) and California (Los Angeles). She won numerous flute competitions in Serbia and worldwide. Mašić is currently enrolled as a DMA student and graduate teaching assistant and fellow studying with Dr. John Bailey at the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music.
Born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine. Studied at Kirovohrad Musical College in the class of V. Zalevskyi. In 2020 received bachelor's degree in flute performance at Lviv National Music Academy in the class of O. Pavlenko. Since 2020 - Artist of LefreQue (Netherlands). Principal flute in Kendlinger's K&K Philharmoniker. Took part in different international masterclasses with: D. Bouriakov, W. Bennett, M. Bennet, A. Kosenko, M. Semotyuk, T, Fret, A. Adorjan, A. Fedchenko.
I had the honour of studying with Nicola Jurgensen, Phillip O. Paglialonga, Roeland Hendrikx and Andrew Simon. In 2017 I was chosen to be an exchange student at Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherland. As a performer I have been a member of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta, Pro Musica, Studio28, Feroci Philharmonic Winds, and the Rangsit Yamaha Wind Orchestra, Thailand Wind Philharmonic, Bangkok Wind Orchestra, Worldship Orchestra from Japan, Shade Wind Chamber, Silpakorn University Wind Orchestra, Silpakorn University Orchestra, and the Bansomdej Rajabhat University Wind Orchestra. I have joined many competitions including TIWEC (Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition), Young Thai Talented Classical Musicians, Rangsit Music Competition, PGVIEC (Princess Galyani Vadhana International Ensemble Competition 2018), finalist round PYO call for soloists and 1st Prize Virtual Virtuoso solo Competition by Siam Sinfonietta. Apart from my life as a performer I have taught master classes in Songkla Thailand, Bangkok Christian Collage and Penang Maleysia. I teaching at the primary and high school music department at St.Andrews International School Bangkok for also a Clarinet instructor of the Faculty of Music at Silpakorn University. In addition to teaching field, I’m Clarinet artist of Yamaha Music Thailand and is a Clarinet player with a range of orchestral, opera, chamber and solo. Other than the clarinet profession, also teaches ukulele, wind band and Jazz band. I earned a Masters of Music Research and Development at the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University, where I studied clarinet under Yos Vaneesorn. During the course I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarships from the “Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.”
Chinese clarinetist Hanyuan Zhao began studying clarinet with Chinese clarinetist Yuhua Gu at the age of 9. In 2014, he enrolled in the School of Music at Soochow University, where he studied with Dr. Xiaoting Ma and received his undergraduate degree. Since 2018 he has been studying in the United States, first enrolling in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a scholarship. During his studies in Chicago, Hanyuan Zhao studied with John Yeh, Associate Principal Clarinetist and E-flat Clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and received his graduate degree. In 2021, Hanyuan Zhao received an acceptance letter from the University of Minnesota and began his doctoral studies. During his studies, Hanyuan Zhao was mentored by many renowned clarinetists such as Professor David Shifrin (Yale University), Professor Chad Burrow (University of Michigan), Professor Michel Lethiec (Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris), Professor Mingzhe Wang (Michigan State University), Professor He Yi ( China Conservatory of Music), Andrew Simon (The Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra), Walter Seyfarth (Berlin Philharmonic), Brooks Thon (Osaka Philharmonic), Bai Tie (China), Genisson Pierre (France), Massimo Mazzone (Italy), Dr. Junghwan Lee (South Korea), Dr. Madelyn Moore (Kerry) Madelyn Moore (Kilgore College, Texas), Dr. Sarah Labovitz (Arkansas State University), Professor Spencer Prewitt (Austin Peay State University), Marco Thomas (Germany). In addition, Hanyuan Zhao has been actively participating in competitions such as the Chongqing Clarinet Festival Competition and Soochow University Chou's scholarship of Chamber Music.
Bulgarian born clarinetist Ivan Ivanov studied at the Sofia State Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" and finished his Bachelor's degree with distinctions. In 2004 Mr. Ivanov became a permanent member of the Sofia Philharmonic and worked with such conductors as Sir. Neville Marriner, Jean Bernard Pommier, Rossen Milanov. Dr. Ivanov earned his Master's degree of Clarinet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University from the studio of Michael Rusinek, and his DMA at UNLV from the studio of Dr. Marina Sturm. Ivanov collaborated with surrealist composer Leonardo Balada and recorded his music for clarinet in a CD Leonardo Balada Works for Clarinet.
My name is Vasco Viana I’m 24 years old and I’m from Portugal. I started play clarinet with 10 years old on a wind band. My musical studies started with 12 years old at the Eborae Musica- Conservatório Regional de Évora in the year 2008, where I studied for 4 years. In 2012 I started to study at the Escola Profissional Metropolitana where I did my high school and continued my musical studies on clarinet with Iva Barbosa, after 3 years at this school I went to the University of Évora where I did my bachelor's degree with the teachers Luis Gomes and Ana Maria Santos.
Jonathan is a freelance clarinetist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University where he studied with Bil Jackson, and his master's degree from the Royal College of Music where he studied with Tim Lines. Jonathan has a tabby cat named Snickers and I enjoy doing New York Times crossword puzzles (Monday through Wednesday).
Luo Tianze is a passionate saxophonist who graduated with a Bachelors of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours under the tutelage of Leslie Wong and Kyle Horch from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Royal College of Music (NAFA-RCM). During his studies, Tianze was also awarded with the NAFA Merit Award and RCM Musical Excellence Award by Royal College of Music. Since picking up the saxophone, Tianze has performed various solo works, new music works with the most recent at the 1st Asian Saxophone Congress and 18th World Saxophone Congress.
Started learning classical saxophone in 2013 in Józef Elsner’s State Music School (2nd level) in Warsaw. Student of first year of master’s studies in prof. dr hab. Paweł Gusnar’s and assistance teacher Michal Knot’s saxophone class at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Studied at Sibelius Academy in Joonatan Rautiola’s saxophone class as part of the Erasmus Exchange programme. Laureate of international competitions. Active member of following ensembles: Warsaw Saxophone Orchestra, Chopin University Big Band, Accantus (nationwide touring band performing movie music), Chopin University Modern Ensamble, Rebel Babel Film Orchestra, Duo Virta, Chopin University Saxophone Quartet. Participated in masterclasses with world class musicians such as: Claude Delangle, Nobuya Sugawa, Vincent David, Frank de Bruine, Jérôme Laran, Gordan Tudor, Arno Bornkamp, Lars Mlekush, Asya Fateyeva, Jean Denis-Michat, Simon Diricq, Christian Wirth, Veli Kujala, Mika Väyrynen. Collaborated with following orchestras: Sinfonia Varsovia, Santander Orchestra, The FCUM Symphony Orchestra. Musician eager to fully engage in the projects connected with various musical styles.
Claire Salli is a saxophonist and educator currently based in Lubbock, Texas. She is working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Texas Tech University and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She holds degrees from Georgia State University, Bowling Green State University, and Stephen F Austin State University. Her primary teachers include David Dees, Dr Jan Berry Baker, Dr John Sampen, David Bixler, Dr Nathan Nabb and Dr Eric Nestler.
Yuri Fujisawa completed her Master's degree with Prof. Nikolaus Maler at the University of Music in Nuremberg. Now she is studying with Prof. Karsten Nagel at the University of Augsburg. Previously she studied with Prof. Masayuki Okamoto in Tokyo. She played as an intern with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmoniker. As a soloist she has performed with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie as well as the orchestra of the Nuremberg University of Music. She was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra, with which she went on a concert tour in Asia in 2019. She also played bassoon in the orchestra of the Höri music festival in 2018 and 2020. In 2021 she won the 2nd price at the International Music Competition OPUS.
In July 2011: 2nd prize at the "9th China Wind Chamber Solo Competition of the Central Conservatory of Music". In April 2012: 1st prize at the International Bassoon Association's International Bassoon Choir Chamber Music Competition in Strasbourg, France. In July 2014: 1st prize of the 12th China Woodwind Chamber Music in Solo Bassoon. In April 2016: nominated for the Swiss International Bassoon Solo Competition "Muri". In January 2018: nominated at the German international bassoon solo competition "Markneukirchen". In November 2018: 1st prize and the best performance at the 8th International Solo Competition by Karl Maria von Weber. In January 2020 nominated for the 72nd International Bassoon Solo Competition "Prague Spring". (Affected by COVID-19, the competition will postpone to 2022.) In May 2021: 1st prize at the International Music Competition OPUS 2021.
Gabriela Kwiecińska was born in 1995. She graduated 2nd degree at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School in Katowice. In this year she graduated studies in the bassoon class of adta dra hab. Krzysztofa Fiedukiewicza at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. As a free-lance musician, she has cooperated with Symphony Orchestra in Jelenia Góra, Chamber Orchestra – AUKSO, Opole Philharmonic im. Józefa Elsnera. In 2018 she admitted to I, Culture Orchestra program, performing in such places as Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg or Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Gabriela has participated in many courses and workshops run e.g. by: prof. Ole Kristian Dahl, prof. Pierre Martens, prof. Jaroslav Kubita or prof. Carlo Colombo. In the academic years 2018/19 and 2020/21 she received the rector’s scholarship for the best students. Her latest achievements are: the Silver Award in the 4th International Competition for Woodwind Instruments – FINALIS (Białystok, 2019), participant of the orchestral academy of the Philharmonic Leoš Janáček in Ostrava (season 2019/2020) and third prize in the International Music Competiton - OPUS (Kraków, 2021)
Michał Szydłowski started playing the bassoon at the age of 13 in the mgr Dawid Daszkiewicz-Dąbrowski’s class in Płock. In 2017 he graduated from the Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna II st. im. Karola Szymanowskiego in that city. Currently, he is completing his master of art’s studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the bassoon class of prof. Zbigniew Płużek, with whom he also completed his bechelor of art studies. He participated in many courses and workshops, such as Polska Orkiestra Młodzieżowa LYO, Młoda Polska Filharmonia or International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra. He performed in the largest concert halls in Poland, including: Filharmonia Narodowa, Filharmonia Pomorska, Filharmonia Łódzka, Filharmonia Szczecińska He perfected his bassoon skills under the supervision of such great teachers as: Artur Kasperek, Grzegorz Dąbrowski, Arek Adamczyk, Katarzyna Zdybrl-Nam, and Matthias Racz. He received a honor diploma at the Polish bassoon-oboe festival in Bytom in 2015, semifinalist of VI Łódzki Międzynarodowy Akademicki Konkurs Fagocistów i Oboistów im. Józefa Ciepłuchy 2021.
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