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Hello! My name is Urszula Tulik. I’m 10 years old. I study in The Music School Complex No. 3 in Warsaw. I’m in the 4th grade. My teacher’s name is Małgorzata Borzym. I like playing the flute very much. I love horse riding.
My name is Zofia Jakubowska. I started playing flute at the age of 6. I have been learning to play the flute at the Poznań Secondary Music School no. Jadwiga Kaliszewska in the class of Mr. Krzysztof Saturna. I am the winner of many prizes at national and international competitions, including: 3rd place at the XII National competition of music schools "Wind Instruments" Chełmno (2021), XXVIII Poznań wind instrument competition (2021), 1st place in the Beethoven International Music Competition (2022).
Tanya Ganesh started her musical journey with piano, aged 7. She excelled at piano for 7 years, also playing viola for 2 years. She took an avid interest at playing oboe from 5th grade, quickly racking up multiple 1+ scores at NIMCon and was selected for the Junior ILMEA in middle school. She was chosen as the 1st chair at the ILMEA All-District Senior Orchestra and ranked 4th in Illinois performing at the All-State Honors Orchestra. She is currently the Principal Oboist at the Midwest Young Artists (MYAC) Symphony Orchestra where she has been playing for the last 5 years.
I was born in Estonia and I live in my favorite Estonia . I have been playing the saxophone for six years. Over the past four years, I have become a laureate of international competitions and festivals. I also play saxophone in the orchestra. I really like music. I love both classical music and jazz. My Favorite Composers are Jerome Naulais, Joseph Kosma, Peter Tchaikovsky and Astor Piazzolla. I really want to develop in a musical direction. I have a dream: I want to study at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College.
My musical journey began with learning the tabla and basics of Piano, Guitar, and Clarinet, before discovering my true passion 6-years ago; the Alto Saxophone! I have been part of groups like California All-State (2022, 2023), performed as a soloist for SCCBDA (2022, 2023), and received an invite to perform at Carnegie Hall from American Protege. During the pandemic, I missed working with musicians and wanted to help frontline warriors who have always supported us, so created a nonprofit called Magie (musicandgoodinconcert.org). Magic’s purpose is to perform to benefit people in need and raise funds for them. You can check more of my content @vidursax on Instagram!
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My name is Victoria Justino. I was born in Poland in 2014. I started learning the flute at the age of 6. I am a laureate of many national and international competitions. My other passion is ballet.
Izabella studies music since the age of 7 and discovered oboe when she was 9 years old, at Emīls Dārziņš Music School - a junior music conservatory in Riga. It was love at first sound that keeps growing stronger! She also plays piano and loves composing. Besides, she enjoys solfeggio and is eager to teach it to all her family. Izabella has won I prize in VI Paris International Music Competition (2021), I prize in International Youth Music Competition, Category – Composition (2022), I prize in Charleston 19th Century Music Competition (2022), I prize in IMKA International Music and Dance Competition (2022) and I prize in II International Competition of Classic Music Viva-Music All World (2022). She is determined to become a professional musician and is happy to feel that her teachers and her music school inspires her to follow her dreams. She speaks Latvian, English, Italian and at school has just started to learn Russian too.
I was born in November 2008. I have been playing the flute since I was 7. I am currently attending the Secondary Music School of Mieczysław Karłowicz in Poznań, Poland. My flute teacher is professor Anna Zgółka Downar. My other hobby is horse riding. I am a racing pilot from time to time.
My name is Jaśmina Wyżga. I was born in 2008 in Warsaw. I am from Poland. I have been learning to play the flute from the age of 6. I also like to play the piano, my passion is drawing and painting. Currently, I am attending a music high school, the flute class of dr Małgorzata Lange-Banaś. I am a laureate of music competitions in Poland and also international competitions. 2022 - Valencia Awards Music Competition — Summer 2022 - Laureate of the 1st Prize 2021 Serbia, Belgrade – 12th World Open Competition – Laureate of the 1st Prize 2019 Czech Republic, Ostrava - 17th International Competition of Music Interpretation Pro Bohemia – distiction (cestni uznani) 2018 Poland, Warszawa - 11th national competition of students of all specialties "Little or big virtuoso" – 2nd Prize 2018 Poland Łódź - 6th international flute competition Il Flauto Ricercato Flute ensemble with teacher participation – 1th Prize 2018 Poland, Sieradz - 12th Polish Flute Festival – 1st Prize 2017 Poland, Sochaczew - 16th National Spring Flute Festival - distiction
16 year old Chloe Zhong has played the flute for five years and studies under Judy Grant. Chloe debuted with the Rivers Philharmonia after winning the Rivers Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. She was invited to play at the Royal Academy of Music after winning at the International New Talent Festival, won first place at the UMass Young Artist Awards 2022, and received third place at the International Great Composers Competition. Chloe was principal flute of the Rivers Youth Symphony and now plays in New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She has studied under Ethel Farny at the Rivers School Conservatory.
Ryan is a senior in Archbishop Mitty High School and he began playing clarinet in 5th grade. He is section leader as principal clarinetist of his high school's Wind Ensemble and Pep Band. He has received honors in many of competitions, including Prestigious first place medal in in US International Open Music Competition, first place winner in American Protégé International Concerto Competition with solo performance at Carnegie Hall. He performs for his church and community with a prestigious orchestra. His passion led him to go on tours around the world, including Baltics countries; Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland.
Ryan is a senior in Archbishop Mitty High School and he began playing clarinet in 5th grade. He is section leader as principal clarinetist of his high school's Wind Ensemble and Pep Band. He has received honors in many of competitions, including Prestigious first place medal in in US International Open Music Competition, first place winner in American Protégé International Concerto Competition with solo performance at Carnegie Hall. He performs for his church and community with a prestigious orchestra. His passion led him to go on tours around the world, including Baltics countries; Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland.
I started learning how to play on oboe when I was eleven thank of my friend and I immediately knew that this is for me. I play on oboe seven years and over this time, among other things, in 2021 I have managed to get first place in Medici International Music Competition, first place in Music Competition Online 2021- Opus Artis Paris, first place in VII Odin International Music Online Competition, second place in International Music Competition Opus 2021 in Kraków, first place in IV Ogólnopolskim Konkursie Klas Instrumentów Dętych 2021 - Wadowice, Poland;
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
My name is Vanesa Sirma, I was born on September 20, 2009 in Jurmala, Latvia. I'm studies flute at the National Art Secondary School “Emila Darzina Music school” in Riga, Latvia. My flute teacher is a prominent Latvian flutist Dita Krenberga. I have participated in several competitions. Some of them: Muse 2019 International Music Competition – first prize; VII Stockholm International Music Competition – first prize; “Viena” 2019 Grand Prize Virtuoso – first prize; Golden Classical Music Awards, New York 2019 – first prize; “Brussels” 2019 Grand Prize Virtuoso – first prize; Glory Int’l Strings, Winds & Percussion Competition 2020 – first prize; V Odin International Music Competition 2020 – first prize; Karlis Strals XXth International competition “Young Flutist” – first prize; King’s Peak International Music Competition 2020 – first prize; I Nice International Music Competition 2021 – first prize; Alexander & Buono International flute competition 2021 – first prize; Muse 2021 International Music Competition – first prize; II International Competition Of Classical Music “Viva-Music All World” New York 2021 – first prize; VII Odin International Music Competition 2021 – first prize; Marker and Pioneer International Culture Exchange Center music competition – first prize; VI International Flute Competition Varna 2021 – second prize; V International online music competition “Academia Dolzhikova 2021” – second prize; Moscow International Flute Academy IV International Music Video Competition “GoodWin Art” – second prize; Music@E-contest 2021 – first prize; 2021 Trinity International Music Competition – platinum award; Naujene Wind 2022 – first prize; Wind Stars 2022 – first prize. In May 2021, I received an award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia for success in international competitions. I have performed at the winners concerts: Glaserner Saal, Musikverein, Viena; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York; The Historical Museum, Stockholm; Lecture Hall at Megaron Athens Concert Hall. I have masterclasses: Carlo Jans, Luxembourg and Ginevra Petrucci, Italy
My name is Amelia Ciszek. I was born on July 20th, 2010. I began learning to play flute at the age of 6. Currently I’am studying at the Maria Zduniak Primary Music School in Wrocław (Poland) in the class of professor Ludmiła Szuber-Wolny. Since childhood I have developed a keen interest in music - I loved to watch and listen to performances of various flutists on YouTube. I like playing flute and I hope that my music will bring joy to others and make the world a better place...
My name is Martyna Kruk. I was born in 2009. Since 2015, I have been a student of the State Secondary Music School No. 2 in Poznań. For the seventh year I am learning to play the flute in the class of Ms Justyna Pikulska. I am a laureate of many national and international competitions. Another year in a row I am also the laureate of the President of the City of Poznań Award for outstanding achievements among the students from Poznań schools. I am sensible, honest and very sensitive. Music is my true passion and my dream is to travel as much as possible, to be able to meet people with whom to share my passion.
Barbara Pyśk is 11 years old. She currently studies Year 4 at the Primary Music School in Cieszyn, Poland, under the guidance of Katarzyna Popek. Barbara participated in several national and international competitions and she won 2nd price in Concord of Sounds 2021(ensambles category), 3rd price in Mławski Festival of Accordion Music 2022 (ensambles category), she was awarded distinction in Polish Flute Competition in Gdów (2019) and Polish Flute Festival in Sochaczew (2022). In addition to her passion for flute she also plays the piano.
Lilian Perlin is a 12 years old, 4th year flute student in Koeru Music School. She is a member of Koeru Music School’s brass band. Lilian dances Estonian folk dance group and like outdoor activities. 2022 VIII Odin Music Online Competition 2.prize, 2022 Naujene Wind 2022 1.prize, 2022 Wind star 2022 1.prize
Hi my name is Blake Miao and I have learnt clarinet since 3 years ago. Clarinet is a way to share and express my passion of music, sometimes I went for street performance with my dad, it was so fun! For now, I am still at the beginning of my music journey, with no doubt that I will keep walking on it during my life.
My name is Evan Chang, 11 years old from Australia. I started playing piano when I was five and found my real passion for music. At the age of nine, on top of piano, I started my oboe lessons with Mr Seng Tong and has made rapid progress since. This year, I was awarded a full music scholarship from a prestigious private school for the duration of my secondary studies. Other than music, I love reading, sports, chess and Rubik’s cubes.
Zuzanna Kącka - attends the Ignacy Jan Paderewski General Primary Music School. For five years she has been learning to play the oboe in Konrad Mika's class. She is accompanied by Kazuko Tsuji. Zuzia is a laureate of many competitions, e.g. 2nd place in Iscart Internatonal Music Competition - Lugano 2021, 2nd place in International Music Competition Opus 2021 - Cracow 2021, 2nd place in XXVII Silesian Competition of Wind Instruments "Wood for the youngest" - Dabrowa Gornicza, 1st place in "XII Confrontations of Wind Instruments" - Nowy Targ 2022. She is a participant of numerous masterclasses and music workshops. In her free time Zuzia takes care of her guinea pig, dog and rides a bike.
Jae Eun Park started her flute journey under the guidance of Ching-Yi(Judy) Ho. She is currently attending Orange County School of Arts Wind Studies Conservatory, pursuing her passion for music. She has won branch and state honors in the Certificate of Merit program. She has won 1st and 2nd places in MTAC Romantic Festival and Classical Festival, American Protege, Golden Classical Music Awards, and Grand Prize International Music Competition. To inspire others and share her musical talent, she is part of the Dragon Kim Foundation, where she instructs younger students. She is also a vice president of Empowering Arts, a nonprofit organization, where she performs in senior facilities weekly.
Anete Duntava was born in February, 2007. She lives in Ropazu district / Latvia and since age of six she started her music studies at Ulbroka’s School of Music and Art. Anete developed her flute performance under the guidance of teacher Daina Treimane who leads her to become a laureate of several international competitions. Anete’s recent international competition achievements in the past years includes such as - Karlis Strals XXth International competition “Young Flutist 2020” – First prize, VII Odin International Music Online Competition 2021 – 1st prize; “Alexander & Buono International” – 1st prize winner; King’s Peak International Music Competition – 1st place, International Association of Art competition “The Muse” – 1st prize winner, International Music Competition “OPUS 2021”- 1st prize, “The North International Music Competition 2021”- 1st prize winner and 1st place in International Competition “WIND STARS” in 2022. Anete participated in flute competitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Austria, Germany, Italy, USA and mainly received an award-winning place. In year 2021 and in year 2022, Anete received an award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia for success in International Music Competitions. Anete is always open and passionate for new opportunities and loves to be in journey of music.
I'm Maja Morka I have played flute for nine years. I go to music school in Poland. I play piano too and sing in school choir. I realy like reading books, cooking and skiing. I live in northern Poland near the Baltic sea.
Liselle Kellner is a 8th year flute student in Koeru Music School. 2019 competition ,,Young instrumentalist” diploma 2020 competition ,,Naujene wind” diploma 2021 competition "D. O. Wirkhaus" diploma She is a member of Koeru Music School’s brass band. Liselle loves horses and outdoor activities.
Seung Hee Rhew is a junior at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey. She began her clarinet studies at the age of nine. Sunny has been a member of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program since 2019. Traumerei, her clarinet ensemble group, won silver medal in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2020 and was the finalist at NPR’s From the Top last year. In addition, she has won prizes in various prestigious music competitions such as the American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition, VIVO international Music Competition, North International Music Competition, Manhattan International Music Competition, Camerata Artists International Competition and has performed at distinct venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Leon Klimiuk was born in 2007 in Warsaw, Poland. A student of class 3 of G. Bacewicz Secondary State Music School No. 3. Since the age of five he has been studying the clarinet. Clarinet is Leon’s great passion and idea for life. He is the laureate of more than 30 international and national competitions. Since 2019 Leon has been a scholar of the program for exceptionally talented children of the National Fund for Children. In 2021, Leon received a government scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding musical achievement.
Caroline Kao is 16 years old and attends 11th grade at The Urban School of San Francisco. She is studying oboe with James Moore III at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Program and bassoon with Stephen Paulson. She is a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and has been selected to attend the California Band Directors’ Association All-State Honors Ensemble in 2022 and 2021. She has attended the Interlochen Advanced Oboe Intensive, Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer program and Philadelphia International Music Festival. She has won first place at the US International Open Music Competition in 2022 and 2021 for both the Young Prodigy and Solo categories, the Crescendo International Competition in 2021, NY International Music Competition in 2020, and Bassoon Academy West Competition in 2021.
I first picked up the bassoon when I was 9 years old. Despite not quite being able to reach the Ab key, this contact marked the beginning of my musical path. I joined my elementary school’s band, a small step that seemed like a huge bound to my 9-year-old self. In one year, I auditioned Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and became second bassoon. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with a full orchestra. To this day, my devotion to the bassoon has led me to be a member of National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) for 2022 and ear awards in some international competitions.
Christopher Hong lives in Long Island, New York and is a sophomore at Portledge School in Locust Valley. He currently attends Juilliard Pre-College, studying the bassoon with Mr. Marc Goldberg. He is a member of Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and Woodwind Quintet. During the 2021 summer, he attended Interlochen Advanced Bassoon Intensive Workshop and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Instrumental Program. This summer, he will be attending Tanglewood Wind Ensemble. During his free time, he loves watching ice hockey and baseball. He also spares his time to perform at nursing homes and charity concerts to share the love of music.
Maria Kazik was born in 2004 in Warsaw. She began her music education at the age of 9. Since then, she has participated in many music competitions. She won the 1st place at the Festival of Wind Instruments in Biała Podlaska and Silver Prize in the International Wind Instruments Competition "Finalis," 1st place in XII World Open Online Music Competition.
Natalia Goś was born in 2003 in Poznań, Poland. She plays oboe for six years. She attended to Poznan Mieczyslaw Karłowicz Secondary Music School. She have some valuable accomplishments such as: Laureate of 1st Prize on 12th Internation Music Competition 2021 in Belgrade Serbia (August 2021), Laureate od 3th Prize on VII North International Music Competition (June 2021), Laureate of 1st Prize on 11th Internation Music Competition 2020, Belgrade Serbia (2020) She also took part in Mastery classes with Alessandro Baccini, Francesco di Rosa, Marino Bedetti and Jurij Likin. Now she plans to continue her carrier as an oboist.
On September 29, 2021, he participated in the "2021 New York Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition", won the first place in the saxophone professional junior group, and was invited by the competition organizing committee to participate in the prestige concert at Carnegie Hall in October 2021. Concert Hall for the winners; In September 2021, he successfully published his solo album "My Heart Will Eternal", becoming the first middle school student in Fujian Province to publish a saxophone solo CD. The album was prefaced by Professor Su Li, Chairman of the Fujian Musicians Association, and recommended by Nikita Zimin. produce significant repercussions;
Anna Lydia Podmenik is an Austrian flutist and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She has successfully participated in several international competitions and has also taken part in several masterclasses, including Andrea Lieberknecht, Martin Kofler, Wally Hase.
Andrea Mouckova was born in March 2002 in Prague, Czech Republic. Being five years old she started attending the Elementary School of Arts in Ricany Prague, enrolling in the recorder class. At seven she transferred to the clarinet class of Mgr. Petr Sinkule, member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Elementary School of Arts she attended clarinet competitions regularly, for example, the International Competition Pro Bohemia Ostrava. In 2015 she won the 1st place at the National round of the Bohemian Schools of Arts competition, in 2017 she gained the 3rd place at the National round of Bohemian Chambre Performance Competition. In the class of Mgr. Petr Sinkule she studied till the 2017, when Andrea succeeded in applying for admission to the Prague Conservatory. She entered the clarinet class of Mgr. Ludmila Peterkova. At Prague Conservatory Andrea attended competitions as 1st International Music Competition Malopolska (PL) winning the 1st place, Mladi and Bohuslav Martinu Competition (CZ) winning 1st place, Lams Matera Award (IT) winning 2nd place, the International Competition Pro Bohemia Ostrava (CZ) winning 2nd place. Andrea now attends the fifth year at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Mgr. Ludmila Peterkova and in the class of prof. Mgr. Milan Polak. Andrea regularly participates the International Summer Clarinet Courses in Domazlice (with L. Peterkova, Joseph Eller, Marek Svejkar) and the International Music Master Classes at Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (with Milan Polak and Vit Spilka). She has attended master classes given by Joseph Eller and Jan Jakub Bokun. She likes to travel, read and do sports.
* I am a student of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow in the clarinet class of dr hab. Piotr Lato I have been involved in music since I was five. in: Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice, Łódź, Lusławice, Rzeszów, Kolbuszowa and many others. I have worked with clarinetists from Poland and abroad. I gained experience by playing in various chamber ensembles. I have played and play in chamber orchestras, with I have performed in such countries as: Italy, France, Moldova, Ukraine and many places in Poland. I have also played in the ensemble and the orchestra of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic and the National Brass Band
Sam Au-Yeung is a music major student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he is currently having an exchange at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying under Dr. Steven Stusek. Having an unquenchable enthusiasm towards saxophone performance, Sam is one of the co-founders of the Première Quartet and a saxophonist in Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia. Recently, he was also prize winners in different international competitions such as Grand Prize Virtuoso 2020 ‘Salzburg’ International Music Competition (First Prize), 10th “Cittá di massa” International Music Competition (Second Prize), The North International Music Competition 2021 (Third Prize) and so on.
Oleksandr Pecheniuk was born on November 23, 1998 in Ternopil, Ukraine. He graduated a Junior High School in. Ternopil in 2014, with particular emphasis Physical Education (football), as well as the Music School named after Vasyl Barwiński in the percussion class of a teacher Andrij Pałyca. From 2014 to 2018 he was a student of the College of Music named after Solomia Krushelnytska in the bassoon class of Andriy Dolishni. He graduated with honors and titles: orchestra artist, ensemble artist, school teacher primary and primary music school, conductor. He became a laureate during his studies, including: 2nd prize at the "Ivano-Frankivsk Competitions 2016 "(Ukraine), 1st prize at the" Kail Ewaldowicz Mulberg Competion 2018 " (Odessa, Ukraine). In 2018 he entered the Academy of Music in Kraków named after Krysztof Penderecki, where he is currently studying at the 1st year of the 2nd degree in the bassoon class of dr Damian Lipień and chamber music classes of prof. dr hab. Paweł Krauzowicz. He became a laureate in international competitions: 1st place - "King's Peak International Music Competition" (California, USA), 1st prize at the "Constantine the Great International Competition" (Belgrade, Serbia) 1st place - "King's Peak International Music Competition ”(California, USA), 2nd prize -“ MEDICI International Music Competition "(London, England), 2nd prize with the band" KRAKOWSKI WIND QUARTET ”for the“ 1st KraCamera International Chamber Music Competition ” (Krakow, Poland), 2nd prize - "International Music Competition OPUS 2021" in Krakow, laureate of the University Competition "I play with the orchestra" at the Academy Music for them. Krzysztof Penderecki in Krakow - a prize in the form of a performance with the Orchestra Częstochowa Philharmonic in Częstochowa, 3rd prize in the competition “Virtual International Music Competition Malaysia "with the band" WIND QUARTET "(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). During his studies in Krakow he took part in master classes of: Sophie Dervaux (France), Carlo Colombo (France), Tomáš Františak (Czech Republic) David Tomas Realp (Germany), Volodimir Apacki (Ukraine), Frank Forst (Germany).
Born in 1986, Portuguese flutist Joana Correia began her music studies at the ARTAVE Music School, in Joaquina Mota ́s flute class. She went on to the Piaget Music Faculty under the guidance of Ana Maria Ribeiro, achieving her Master ́s degree in flute-performance in 2012. She was a finalist at the I Transversal Flute Competition of the Conservatory of Music of Aveiro, 3rd prize winner at the International Wind Instruments Competition - “Terras de La Salette”, 2nd at the Paços Brandão Academy Competition, and 1st at the Internal Competition of the Instituto Piaget– Viseu. Her musical career has taken to play with ARTAVE Symphony Orchestra, APROARTE SO, Gouveia SO, the Remix Ensemble and The Oporto Ensemble, joining in such musical endeavours conductors such as Ernst Schell, Jean-Sebastian Béreau, Martin André, António Saiote, C. Bochemann, Emilio de César, Roberto Perez, Ricardo Tacuchian, Paulo Martins, Luís Cardoso, among others. Joana joined the Gouveia Symphony Orchestra as principal flute since 2017. As a soloist, Joana has performed with Orchestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Symphony Orchestra Piaget, Symphony Band of Gouveia and in the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Seia. In 2018, she was invited to participate in a concert with young soloists at the International Conferences “Hands on Research” in the University of Aveiro. She is currently flute teacher at the Viseu Music Conservatory and at the Seia Music Conservatory.
Ashley Cypher, originally from Palmyra, PA holds a MM Woodwind Specialist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a BM in Clarinet Performance and a BM in Music Education from Liberty University. Her clarinet teachers include Dr. Diane Barger, Dr. Cassandra Hibbard, and Dr. Ibrook Tower. Ashley has studied bassoon with Dr. Nathan Koch and Dr. Rebecca Watson, saxophone with Dr. Paul Haar, and oboe with Dr. William McMullen. Ashley won first prize in both the Americas and Contemporary Music competitions through Charleston International Music Competition in 2021. She won the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate Concerto Competition in 2019 as well as the Annual Concerto Competition at Liberty University in 2018. Ashley was also featured as a soloist with the Liberty University Wind Ensemble on tour in the spring of 2018. Ashley has performed with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra as guest principal, E-flat clarinetist, and bass clarinetist and as a woodwind doubler in various musicals, operas, and ballets. She has worked as a studio musician in the Lynchburg area as well as a conductor for theatrical productions. Currently Ashley has moved to Lincoln, NE and teaches music at Lincoln Northeast High School while maintaining her personal studies and performances.
Chris Murphy is a saxophonist and music educator located in Bowling Green, Ohio. He has completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education and performance from the University of South Carolina and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) as well as a doctorate in contemporary music with a cognate in music cognition from BGSU. Chris is currently an assistant band director in the Maumee City Schools. As the saxophonist for the Altered Sound Duo, he has toured the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.
Born in 1997 in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China, he studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Bordeaux, France, under Professor Marie-bernadette Charrier in 2015 and at the University of Alfonso x el Sabio in 2018, under Professor Andrés Gomis.
Mya Sinuo Li, 10years old, a grade 4 student in Presbyterian Ladies' College at Melbourne. Mya starts playing the piano at the age of 6, completed her piano AMEB grade2 exam with A at year2, Piano AMEB exam grade6 with A+ at year3, and completed piano AMEB exam grade8 with A+ and Clarinet AMEB exam grade5 with A+ at year4.Mya also participated and won some national and international piano competitions:
1，First prize in Pacific Rim International Music Festival competition - Australian National First Round 2，First prize in Pacific Rim International Music Festival competition - AU&NZ Final Round
3，First Prize in 65th Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod - Piano 9 & under12 years old.
4，Second Prize in 65th Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod - Piano AMEB G5/6
5，Silver Prize in London Young Musician Year21-22 -Open Sonata Category,
6，Third Prize in Chopin Avenue International Piano Competition 2021 - Piano Solo Group E.
7，Chopin Waltz Award in Chopin Avenue International Piano Competition 2021
8，Third Prize in London Youth Piano Competition - Group B.
9，First Prize in International Youth Music Competitions - Atlanta, USA. - MODERN and CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
10, Gold Prize in London Young Musician Year21-22 - 10years old Talent Artist Clarinet
Mya studies clarinet with Kate Stockwin-Clarinet AMEB examiner and Australian VCE Examiner for 2021, and studies piano with Christine Luo, keyboard head senior school of Carey Baptist Grammar School from the year2019.
Aeri Seong is a 13 year old who is living in Vancouver, Canada. She has been playing the flute ever since she was 8 years old. She currently is a member of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.
Yan Xin Yue is from Beijing, China. Currently study in Garden International School in Malaysia.
She started learning the flute when she was 9 years old. She is active in school orchestra, woodwind consort and musical performances in school.
Xin Yue passed her ABRSM Grade 5 flute exam and ABRSM Grade 5 music theory exam in 2021, and now preparing for the Grade 7 flute exam.
Xin Yue also participated in few competitions: The 21th Osaka International Music Competition, Silver in 2021 Taiwan International Wind Band Festival Competition and 2021 IYMC.
My name is Markéta Bachová. I´m eleven years old. I live in Duchcov. I´m from the Czech Republic. I have been playing the recorder since I was five and I have been playing the clarinet since I was seven. I go to ZUŠ Ivana Kawaciuka Duchcov. My teacher is Mgr. Miroslav Maleček. I would like to be a music teacher.
Yang Haonan(Daniel) was born in Shenzhen in 2008. He was admitted to the oboe major of the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in 2020. Now he is studying in the second year of junior. He is taught by Professor Wei Weidong, a famous Chinese oboe player, educator, professor of the Central Conservatory of Music, and the first oboe doctoral tutor in China. Since childhood, he has developed a keen interest in music and musical instruments. As the oboe principal of Shenzhen Cuizhu Primary School Orchestra during elementary school, he participated in many performances such as the China-Korea concert and the special concert of Shenzhen Youth Music Week held at the Shenzhen Grand Theater, and assisted the orchestra to win 4 group gold medals and 1 silver medal. Won 5 individual gold medals for oboe solo in the Salzburg International Music Competition in Austria, NMCC in the United States and Royal International Art Competition in the United Kingdom. At the age of 11, he successfully performed the Oboe Concerto "Blue Flower" with the Cuizhu Orchestra. With the help of Professor Wei, his musical quality and oboe performance skills have been rapidly improved.He also received the guidance of world-renowned oboe virtuoso Professor Jonathan Small, Professor Garcia-Cano, Professor Liu Mingjia, Professor Christian Schmitt, Professor Claradent-Boganyi, Dr. Huang Zheng, etc. In 2021,he obtained the “Silver Award of Wind Music.Middle School Grup(Professional) of 2021 Prokofiev International Music Competition Asian-Pacific Region Finals.
Aljoša Oražem (2010) began his musical career in 2017. The first year he played the recorder then he switched to alto saxophone. He has been playing the sax for four years now and he is very enthusiastic about it. Aljoša loves to watch and listen to performances of various saxophonists on youtube. He likes to listen to different musical styles and different bands. He especially likes to listen to saxophone arrangements of various popular songs. He comes from a musical family so music has been present since the beginning of his life.
Roma Jankowska was born on January 12, 2008. She started her journey with music with the violin in 2015 at Primary Music School and finished it at 2021. Than she decided that she doesn't want to be violinist anymore and she went to Secondary Music School to play at bassoon at September 2021. She recorded the pieces for Kings Peak Music Competition in November 2021.
Lada Potemkina (15 y.o) was born on June 15, 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod. From the 2019, I am a student of the Secondary Special Music School of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in the class of the Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation-Irina Petrovna Pimenova PARTICIPATED IN COMPETITIONS: Winner of the 1st degree of the International Music Competition "Crescendo Competition-2021", performance in the final in the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Winner of the 1st degree of the 2nd International Video Contest "Art of the 21st century", a special diploma for the bright artistic performance of the competition program. Actively participate in various master classes. I have performed twice with the Grand Symphony Orchestra of the Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic named after M. Rostropovich.
Jae Eun Park was born in 2007. She started her musical education at the age of 5, and at the age of 10 she started her flute journey under the guidance of Ching-Yi(Judy) Ho. She participated in SCSBOA Honor Band for two years and is currently attending Orange County School of Arts Wind Studies Conservatory pursuing her passion for music. She has won branch and state honors in the Certificate of Merit program and has won 1st and 2nd places in MTAC Romantic Festival and Classical Festival. She has also been invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall as the American Protege Woodwinds and Brass Competition 1st place winner. To inspire others and share her musical talent, she is part of the Dragon Kim Foundation, where she instructs younger students. She is also a vice president of Empowering Arts, a nonprofit organization, where she performs in senior facilities weekly.
Daphne has been learning the piano and the flute for many years and has won many well recognized competitions.
Leon Klimiuk was born in 2007 in Warsaw, Poland. A student of class 3 of G. Bacewicz Secondary State Music School No. 3 in Warsaw. Since the age of five he has been studying the clarinet with Professor Jerzy Czyran. Clarinet is Leon’s great passion and idea for life. In 2021, Leon was the laureate of many international and national competitions. In 2021 was a winner of twelve international competitions and a Grand Prix winner. Since 2019 Leon has been a scholar of the program for exceptionally talented children of the National Fund for Children. In 2021, Leon received a government scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding musical achievement. Currently he performs as a soloist, in a chamber ensemble and in an orchestra. He is regularly preparing for new competitions and concerts.
William Wang is in the 11th grade, and began playing saxophone at age thirteen, and is studying with Dr. Wonki Lee, as well as having studied with Dr. James Noyes, and Dr. Paul Cohen. He is currently enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program, and has received the Gold Prize Winner from Apex International Music Competition, as well as 1st Place in the New York Laureate International Music Competition.
Preston Atkins is a bassoonist and pianist from Cedar Falls, Iowa currently studying at Idyllwild Arts Academy as a graduating senior. He studies with Prof. Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon) and Dr. Suzanne Torkelson (piano). He began his musical studies at the age of four on piano, and ten on bassoon. His musical accomplishments at competitions on both bassoon and piano come from organizations like IMTA, MTNA, MDRS, La Crosse Symphony, Anton Rubinstein Internationale Musikakademie, and more.
Christopher Hong lives in Manhasset, New York. He is 16 years old, and he is in 10th grade at Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY. He currently attends Juilliard Pre-College, studying the bassoon with Mr. Marc Goldberg. He is a member of Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and Woodwind Quintet. During the 2021 summer, he attended Interlochen Advanced Bassoon Intensive Workshop and Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Instrumental Program.
Lydia Chinchilla is currently a Sophomore at the Wheaton College Conservatory, where she studies flute with Dr. Jennie Brown. She is the assistant principal flutist in the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and was principal her freshman year. Lydia has performed in various competitions, which include recently winning the Wheaton College Conservatory Concerto Competition, placing second in the 2021 fall Red Maple Music Competition, and receiving an Honorable Mention in YSDP’s concerto competition in 2020. Her masterclass performances include working with Elizabeth Ostling Klein, Bonita Boyd, Doug Yeo, Marie Tachouet, Luke Fitzpatrick, and Cate Hummel.
Mari Ishii is a 17-year-old high school senior at the American School In Japan. She has been studying the flute for six years with Ms. Yoriko Kasai, and has participated in her school's band program for four years, currently playing in the highest ensemble. She was selected to be in the international school regional league's Honor Band & Orchestra for three years, as second chair for one year and first chair for two years, and as a reserve player for the Association of Music in International Schools' High School Honor Band and Orchestra in her first year of high school (the program has been cancelled since the beginning of the pandemic). Although she really loves the flute, she currently has no plans to pursue it professionally. This was the first competition she has ever submitted to, and it has been a fun experience!
Fiamma Di Gennaro, was born in Rome in 2004 and began studying the Oboe at the age of 6 years old. Since the age of 10 she she obtained a Master's degree at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Roma and at the Royal Philharmonic Academy in Bologna. She also took part in further Masters with Maestros Leleux, Mayer, Schilli, Thouand, Daniels, Ogrintchouk and Sommerhalder. Despite his young age he has tackled a vast repertoire and has to his credit more than two hundred concerts in Philharmonic Orchestras in the role of 1st and 2nd Oboe, also conducted by musicians of the Musicians of the calibre of Accardo, Renzetti, Sollima, Fiore and many others. He has had the opportunity to perform in numerous concert halls including "La Camera dei Deputati" in Rome (Italy) and "Musikverein" in Vien (Austria). Fiamma has won more than fifty national competitions, including 1st prize. Absolute Prize in France, Poland, Austria, England, Canada and the United States.
José Miguel Ortiz Solivelles, who is nineteen years old, is a Spanish saxophone player since he was five years old. He is from Calpe, Alicante (Spain). He completed the Professional Saxophone degree two years early. Besides, he completed the Professional Percussion degree one year early too. When he finished, he prepared the access proof to the Superior Grade in the Islas Baleares. At the same time, he did the High School (Bachelor). Nowadays, he studies at the Conservatori Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares with Beatriz Tirado and Xabier Casal and he studies primary Education Degree at the VIU university.
Haven Kahn is a sophomore music performance major at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, currently studying with David Pope. He is the first freshmen to be a part of the Invicta Quartet and performs with the JMU Wind Symphony as well as the JMU Saxophone Ensemble. He has premiered works for solo saxophone and saxophone quartet along with the Invicta Quartet, and he is a member of NASA and MTNA. Haven is also the current secretary of the Madison Saxophone Society and represents the JMU School of Music in the JMU Visual and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Task Force.
She consequently applied for precollege under Dejan Gavric and entered the competition „Jugend musiziert“ where she won a first prize on national level. Currently Imke performs with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester as Praktikant while also studying her bachelors degree at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Pirmin Grehl. Imke has performed in masterclasses with Peter Lukas Graf, Andrea Lieberknecht and Christina Fassbender.
Tak Him is studying the Master in Music Performance at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, majoring in flute performance. He began his flute studies at the age of 6 under Mr. Peter Chan and studied with Ms. Izaskun Erdocia during his undergraduate studies. He is currently under the tutelage of Prof. Maria Goldschmidt-Pahn. As an active musician, he participates in different kinds of music competitions, festivals and orchestras.
My name is Martina Pepuchova. I am from Slovakia and I study flute at Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. I started to play the flute when I was 7. It was my hobby and I didn’t dream about carrier of professional musician. But it happened and I am glad about it. I attended some courses - Master classes in Komarno(Slovakia) with Mrs. Marta Braunsteinerova in 2016 and online "Warm-up routine course" with Mr.Ory Schneor in 2020. I also played at a lot of concerts and events including Slovak awarding of prices „Krištáľové krídlo“ in 2020 and 2021. In spring 2021 I won first prize in Nationwide inter-conservatory competition in my category. My goals are playing to worship God, showing beauty of God and beauty of music to other people and teaching.
The 20-year-old Slovenian flutist Ajda Zala Obreza is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree with Professor Johanna Dömötör at the Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. Ajda Zala has won Gold Prize at the World Classical Music Awards 2021, she is 1st Prize winner of the International King's Peak Music Competition 2021 (USA), 1st Prize winner of the International OPUS Music Competition 2021 (Poland) as well as finalist of the International Young Artist Competition 2021 in Tampere (Finland). She started her musical path in Ljubljana, studying at Conservatory of Music and Ballet while taking part in masterclasses by esteemed flutists including Philippe Bernold, Anna Garzuly, Rachel Brown, Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin, Nina Assimakopoulus, Janos Balint, Jan Ostry and Hansgeorg Schmeiser.
Ashrey Shah is clarinetist originating from Portales, New Mexico. He is a senior performance major at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Kenneth Grant. Ashrey has performed regularly in Kodak Hall with the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble and around Rochester, NY as a member of the Zeal Quintet. Along with his primary studies at Eastman, Ashrey has played in masterclasses for renowned clarinetists including Yehuda Gilad, Stephen Williamson, Elsa-Ludwig Verdehr, and Diane Haskell. Additional teachers include Dean Leblanc of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Michael Wayne, and Jennifer Laubenthal.
Michał Jania - born in 1998, he is learning to play the clarinet in the class of prof. Paweł Krauzowicz at Academy of Music in Cracow. He mastered his skills at many expert courses conducted by, inter alia, /Jean Michel Bertelli, Karel Dohnal, Florent Héau, Jeremy Reynolds, Kyrill Rybakov, Michel Lethiec/. He is a laureate of many awards at competitions in Poland and abroad in Belgium, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. As a winner of multiple awards Grand Prix, he recorded a CD, he received an invitation to participate in master classes in Poland and the United States.
Dmytro Pylypchak was born in 2000 and, as a child, was already winning awards at national competitions in Ukraine. At the age of 6 he began his music travel at the choir school "Zorynka" and started to play the blockflute. After 5 years of studying and singing in the choir, he started to learn how to play the clarinet at the age of 13 and began to attend the classes of Professor Evgeny Gayda. Dmytro received his initial musical education at the school of music NO.1 in Ternopil. At age of 16 he started studying the clarinet at the local music college in Evgeny Gayda`s classes. AT that time he had already won more than 10 local, 2 national and 1 International music competitions. He also received the Grand Prix prize in the National vocal competition in 2015. Dmytro has often performed as a soloist at music festivals, as a member of vocal ensembles and as a beatboxer in other projects. After receiving his maturity certificate at the age of 19 he commenced studies at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Now, Dmytro is a student in Andrzej Godek`s classes and continues his musical trip.
Wojciech Buczek - born on April 26, 2000. A graduate of the Complex of State Music Schools Stanisław Moniuszko in Bielsko Biała in the clarinet class of Łukasz Iskrzycki. Currently, he is studying under the supervision of dr hab. Piotr Lato at the Academy of Music. Krzysztof Penderecki in Krakow. He began his adventure with playing the clarinet at the age of 16. Since then, his greatest successes include:
• 1st prize in the King's Peak International Music Competition in the United States, 2020. •
1st prize in the 1st Nice International Music Competition in Nice, France 2021.
• 1st prize in the VIII Rome International Music Competition in Rome, Italy 2021.
• 2nd prize in the 1st Kyoto International Music Competition in Kyoto, Japan 2021.
• 2nd prize in the II Brussels International Music Competition Brussels, Belgium 2021.
• 3rd prize in the International Music Competition Opus 2021 in Krakow, Poland 2021. He perfected his skills at master classes conducted by Wojciech Mrozek, Arkadiusz Adamski, Nano Silva, Igor Františák. He has given concerts in Poland and abroad. He regularly collaborates with the Chamber Orchestra of the city of Bielsko-Biała and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Kraków.
Thomas Shermulis is a bass clarinetist and clarinetist from Chicago, Illinois. Thomas earned his bachelor's degree in Clarinet Performance at Illinois State University. He currently is pursuing a master's in Clarinet Performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Charles Neidich. Thomas enjoys performing all styles of music, including classical, contemporary, jazz, electronic, and many more. Thomas' number one goal as a musician is to bring joy to others and make the world a better place through his music. He hopes that you have a wonderful day!
Luis Colomer Llorens was born in 2000 and he is from Valencia, Spain. He's studying at the Conservatory of Castellón "Salvador Seguí" with his teacher Jesús Fuster. He has played the oboe in bands and orchestras with very high quality as Banda Municipal of Castellón. He won the second prize of the Medici International oboe competition in 2021. He often does many masterclasses with outstanding oboists.
Rose Bishop serves as Instructor of Flute at Coe College, Cornell College, and Kirkwood Community College. She serves as Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Second Flute/Piccolo with the Quincy and Ottumwa Symphony Orchestras. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop and the Cornell College Summer Flute Summer Camp. Additionally, she serves as a member of the National Flute Association’s Career and Artistic Development Committee. She is a Trevor James Alto Flute Artist and co-author of A Flutist’s Guide to the Voxman Etudes. www.rosebishopflute.com
Svetlana Suvorova (flute, Russia) is a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has graduated Saint- Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky- Korsakov. In 2001, still being a student, Svetlana succeed in an audition and obtained a position of a flutist in a professional orchestra. In 2003 Svetlana won the 1st prize of the “XXI Century Art” International Competition in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2011 joined St- Petersburg State Symphony as a co-principal flute. As a member of the orchestra, she took part in concert tours in USA, South America countries, Republic of Korea, Finland, Norway, etc.
She began his musical studies in Sóller (hometown) with the teacher Aïda Borràs where he studied the Elementary Degree. He then entered the Professional Conservatory of Music in Palma where he studied the Professional Degree with Professor Catalina Roig and culminated his studies with the Honorable Mention of End of Degree. She continues his studies at the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands with professor Josep Francesc Palou and receives masterclasses from Mario Caroli, Massimo Mercelli, Salvador Martínez, Cristina Sapiña, Margdalena Martínez, Juana Guillem, Eduard Belmar and Christian Farroni. Once finished, the postgraduate begins with ESMUC (Barcelona) with Professor Vicens Prats, and can also do masterclasses with Sarah Louvion. In 2019 she entered the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland) to study the Master of Performance with Professor Andrea Oliva (currently studying), and that same year she was selected to participate as an active student in the prestigious international festival "Flautissimo" (Rome) having the opportunity to do a masterclass with Professor Philippe Bernold. Since 2018, she is a flute player of the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya She won Firt Prize of X Internacional Competition "Citta di Massa" on 2021
Yiqiao Chen completed Master's and bachelor's degrees with Prof. Richard Stoltzman at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at Ohio. 2021 International Music Competition "Rome' Grand Prize Virtuoso, First prize 2021"Golden Classical Music Awards" International Competition, NY, US, First prize 2012 Principal Clarinet of Philharmonic of Interlochen Arts Academy in the 50th-anniversary performance tour, performed with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein at Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Detroit, with violinist Ida Kavafian, clarinetist David Shifrin in Washington, D.C., and New York City. 2009 International Music festival Clarinet Competition, Shanghai, China, Second prize
Graduated from Osaka College of Music. Performed in the graduation concert of the same university. Graduated from the Haute École de Musique de Genève. Won the 1st prize in the Grand Prix at the 3rd Sakai Wind Instrument Competition. Won the 3rd prize in the woodwind section of the 43rd All Japan Junior Classical Music Competition for university students.
Jiyeon Lim is a graduate of Ewha Women’s University and the New England Conservatory, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively. During her undergraduate training, she won second prize in the Ewha Chamber Competition and first prize in the Ewha Concours. Jiyeon is from South Korea and currently serves as Teaching Assistant for the clarinet studio, and now she is a candidate while completing her DMA.
Melissa David is born in Spain (Pontevedra) and began her musical studies at age of 9. She studied in "Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo" and finish the bachelor degree with cum laude. She has received masterclass of Nicolas Baldeyrou, Lorenzo Coppola, Arno Piters, Calogero Palermo, Robert Spring, Matthias Muller and Sergio Pires. Melissa has often performed with "Orquesta Vigo 430" and Banda Municipal de Música de A Coruña. In chamber music, she plays in Cuarteto Tetramorph and Ensemble Verxel, which she achieved many prizes in music competitions.
Tianyi Shen is known as one of the best solo clarinetist of his generation. He launched his soloist career at the age of 17 featuring Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. He was recognized as “another new music star in China going to the world” by mainstream media at home and abroad. Later on, Mr. Shen was also invited to perform with renowned orchestras including Russian National Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Armenian National Philharmonic and etc. Mr. Shen entered the Prague Spring International Clarinet Competition in 2020. He was awarded the 3rd place in Vandoren Emerging Competition 2017, and the first prize in the Band Music Competition of Asia in 2016. Mr. Shen is often praised with his wide range of tone color and profound techniques. He is now a master of music candidate at Yale School of Music under Mr. David Shifrin’s instruction. And he finished his undergraduate study at Curtis Institute of Music, as a student of Mr. Ricardo Morales, Mr. Anthony McGill and Mr. Michael Rusnik.
Clarinetist Sheng Chen is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed in Beijing, Singapore, Japan, Israel, etc. Sheng was a winner of the 2020 Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition，Gold Award of the 2016 Singapore International Chinese Music Festival and 1st prize of Charleston Competition. He holds Bachelor of Music degree from the China Conservatory of Music, Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is currently studying for Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Minnesota. Sheng’s principal teachers include Yi He, Alexander Fiterstein. Timothy Zavadil and Sang Yoon Kim.
My name is Zsuzsanna Móricz and i'am student of the University of Szeged in Hungary. My teacher is József Tönköly. I am currently the clarinetist of the Kecskemét Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band of Kiskunfélegyháza.
I am an oboist from Denmark with a masters degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Currently I hold the position as oboe and english horn player in Kaunas Symphony Orchestra and principal oboe in the Lithuanian State Wind Orchestra. I have performed as soloist with various orchestras and I have been laureate in several international competitions.
I was born in 1994, Dalian, Liaoning Province China.Currently, I am a third-year DMA student in saxophone performance at the University of North Texas. I have received my Bachelor degree of musical arts in saxophone performance in China Conservatory of music from 2013-2017. I have achieved my master of music degree in saxophone performance at the New England Conservatory of music in 2019.
Benjamin Bradburn is an accomplished performer and educator. He has performed extensively in the Atlanta area with ATLas Saxophone Quartet, Decatur Performs, Outfront Theater, Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble, and others. He is currently the saxophonist for Reedplay, a Los Angeles-based reed quintet whose aim is to expand the original repertoire through commissions. Ben holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Appalachian State University where his primary professor was Dr. Scott Kallestad, and a masters degree from the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Jan Berry Baker.
Hello, I am Shun Jiang from China. I graduated from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China with a bachelor's degree, and graduated from the Krakow Conservatory of Music in Poland with a master's degree. I have won first prizes in many international competitions in Poland and Italy.
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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