Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her formal studies started with the flute at the Conservatorio Juan José Castro with Prof. Raúl del Castillo. She completed her Bachelor Studies obtaining the highest score in her final examination. She took privat lessons with flutists María Cecilia Muñoz, Claudio Barile and Raúl Becerra, she has actively participated in masterclasses with the flutists Félix Renggli, Raphael Trevisiani, Jim Walker, Lars Nilsson, and Maria Cecilia Muñoz among others.
In Hamburg, she studied Flute pedagogy in Institut MenschMusik and Flute Performance in Johannes Brahms Konservatorium. Currently she studies with Prof. Aldo Baerten at the HKU Utrecht Conservatorium in the Netherlands.
During and after her studies in Buenos Aires she joined the most important Youth Orchestras from Argentina, such as Sinfónica Juvenil Nacional Jose de San Martín, Orquesta Nacional del Bicentenario, Sinfónica Juvenil de San Isidro among others, playing several concerts in the main concert halls of Buenos Aires and Argentina where she played principal flute and participated in many performances as a soloist, playing Reinecke and Mozart Flute Concertos as well as the Ginastera's Impresiones de la Puna.
As a flute teacher she has taught in the National Program for Child Orchestras in Buenos Aires and in Musikinsel Finkenwerder e.V in Hamburg.
Álvaro de Gracia Cantero
Álvaro de Gracia Cantero. 23 years old. Tutor: Javier Castiblanque. I have been studying in RCSMVE of Granada for 3 years (3° bachelor). I have played in Young orchestras, like JOSG (Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Granada), OUGR (Orquesta de la Universidad de Granada) and JOCLM (Joven Orquesta de Castilla la Mancha). I have taken masterclass and courses from flutist like Álvaro Octavio, Julien Beaudiment, Francisco López, Miguel Ángel Ángulo among others.
Seray Benli was born in 1994 in Bursa, Turkey. She started her music career at the Uludag University State Conservatory with Sibel Ayhan Bayer in 2005.
In 2009, She won the Dogus Children Symphony Orchestra’s and in 2014 the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s auditions. She took place in opera productions as Tosca, La Boheme with Turkish National Philharmonic Orchestra, which was conducted by Cem Mansur and also attended Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra in 2016.
She performed C. Reinecke Flute Concerto as a soloist with Uludag University Symphony Orchestra in 2015. She graduated from this school as the highest ranked student. Then, she was accepted by the Istanbul Technical University Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music as a master student and studied with Doc. Jülide Gündüz. She continues her master studies at the HKU Conservatorium with Aldo Baerten.
Luca Roncato (Germany) started playing the flute at the age of 11. Post high school he started studying with Prof. Angela Firkins from the Conservatory of Lübeck following this he continued his study with Prof. Aldo Baerten from the Conservatory of Hannover and then Waldo Ceunen from the Conservatory of Hamburg.
He was the principal flutist of the National Youth Orchestra of Hamburg from 2017 until 2018 and won several scholarships for masterclasses and conservatories. He performed in masterclasses with various international flutists such as Peter-Lukas Graf, Mario Caroli, Christina Fassbender, Peter Verhoyen, Rudolf Döbler, Ulf-Dieter Schaaf and Robert Pot.
Currently, he studies at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory of Arts with Prof. Aldo Baerten.
Alvin Chan started playing the flute at the age of 13 under the tutelage of Wang Tong. Since then, he has pursued his passion for music and graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Diploma in Flute Performance. During his time in NAFA, he was awarded the Ngee Ann Kong Si Award. Currently, he is under the tutelage of EvgueniBrokmiller; associate principal of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
As a Military Expert with the Singapore Armed Forces Band, Alvin continuously aims to enrich himself with numerous overseas Military Tattoos as well as local performances and recitals. He was also given the opportunity to master the Ryuteki and Dizi for various solo performances such as the WMC-WBAS Intercontinental conducting course conducted by Maestro Douglas Bostock and for the Amur Waves International Military Tattoo in Khabarovsk, Russia. Besides performing, he has also achieved a Distinction in the Enhanced Basic Military Musician Course.
As an orchestra and chamber performer, Alvin involves himself with various musical genres and styles. He is the Principal Piccolo of the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and Associate Principal of the Young Musician’s Foundation Orchestra. He also frequently plays in groups such as The Orchestra of Music Makers, The Philharmonic Orchestra, the Anglo Chinese Wind Orchestra, VeritaSG as well as Tomodachi Winds.
In 2013, he participated in the 7th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Austria, Vienna held at the Musikverein with the SMU Symphonia and was awarded the Outstanding Award. He has also attained the Gold award with the Anglo-Chinese Wind Orchestra in the 2012 and 2014 Singapore international Band Festival. In 2017, he was invited to represent Singapore at the Daegu Flute Festival, Korea, promoting Singapore’s young musicians at an international level.
In the same year, he was also selected to attend the International Flute Seminar in Bruges. He had the privilege of learning under master flute and piccolo players Aldo Baerten( Principal Flute for the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) and Peter Verhoyen (Principal piccolo for the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra).
Saúl Ferrer was born in Formentera, Spain. He start his studies of flute when was eight years old at Conservatori Profesional de Música d’Eivissa i Formentera.
He graduate in the Royal Conservatoy of Music of Madrid in 2017.
During this period he was teaching flute and music theory in diferent schools in Madrid and Formentera and he has played a lot at Auditorio Nacional de Música de España with different orchestras such as Orquesta Metropolitana de Madrid.
Miquel Guillem Gómez Ramos was born in Valencia, where he was graduated with honours under the guidance of MªDolores Tomás and Magdalena Martínez. He won the extraordinary prize end of studies of the “Conservatori Superior de Música de València”. Miquel also won the second prize in the “Vicent Galbis” Competition (2013). He played as a soloist with the orchestra of “Conservatori Professional de Música de Torrent” in the Palau de la Música de València. He was invited to the “Orquestra Filharmònica de la Universitat de València” several times and was involved in the Wind Orchestra of Valencia as a member. Besides, he has taken lessons with Magdalena Martinez, Salvador Martinez, Juana Guillen, Andrea Oliva among others. Currently he is studying a Master Program with Aldo Baerten at the HKU Utrecht Conservatorium.
Isabelle, born in 1996 in the Netherlands, started playing the flute in 2005. After a year, she could join the youngest pupil orchestra. In 2011, she played her first solo with the brass orchestra Apollo Goor (conductor: Carl Wittrock): Treble Concerto, Ted Huggens. This amazing experience made her wanting more in music, so from 2012 till 2017 she played in the Twents Jeugd Symfonie Orkest, conducted by Carl Wittrock. With this orchestra she played in Kiev, Florence and Prague. In 2014 she played Rhapsody for Flute (Stephen Bulla), with Apollo Goor, as part of her final exam at the music school. Next to her high school she participated You!XL during years 2011-2013, a weekly program containing private lessons, concerts and music theorie/singing. From 2015 she had lessons with Hans Nijman (ArtEZ Conservatorium). After graduating high school in 2015, she started the preparatory year at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium with Aldo Baerten, in combination with Musicology at Utrecht University. Summer 2016 she participated International Flute Seminar Bruges, where she had lessons with Aldo Baerten, Peter Verhoyen, Robert Pot and Blaz Snoj.
Since September 2016 she’s doing her Bachelor Degree in Utrecht. January 2017 she participated with a Haydn-trio the chamber music festival in Zaltbommel, organized by pianist Martyn van den Hoek. Nowadays, she plays in the Sweelinck Orchestra (Amsterdam). Other orchestra experiences she had with Utrechts Studentenkoor en –Orkest (conductor: Gilles Michels, playing St. Matthew-Passion); CREA Amsterdam (conductor: Bas Pollard); Nederlands Symfonie Project (conductor: Pim Cuijpers); Wagenings Studentenkoor- en Orkestvereniging (conductor: Frank Adams). Coming April she will play J. Haydn Flute Concerto in D-dur with Musica Mondana, conducted by Jan Schoonenberg.
Núria Ferrer Rodrigo
Núria Ferrer Rodrigo (València, 1994) studied the Bachelor degree in the Upper Grade Conservatory of Valencia, receiving the Honour Mention when finishing.
She has been part of the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid and The Youth Orchestra of the Federation of Musician Societies in Valencia. Also, in 2016 she was awarded with the 3rd prize in the Castellnovo Young Inteprets Contest.
She studied regularly with Magdalena Martínez and Maria Dolores Tomás, and she also received lessons from Vicens Prats, Salvador Martínez, Alvaro Octavio, Philippa Davies, Andrea Oliva, Silvia Careddu.
Currently she is studying the Master degree with Aldo Baerten in HKU Conservatorium Utrecht.
Lola Salas de Rueda
I was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, where I started my musical studies in 2004. I studied the Bachelor with Vicens Prats at ESMuC (Barcelona). Then I studied an Orchestral Postgraduate at EAEM (Santiago de Compostela). I will start the master degree in 2017 with Aldo Baerten in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.
I have been part of several youth orchestras. The JONC (National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia) has been very important in my musical formation with greats professors often from the MCO (Mahler Chamber Orchestra), BandArt, and also greats conductors as Manel Valdivieso, Pablo González... I also played with the Real Filharmonia de Santiago. I had the opportunity to play as a soloist with this orchestra, playing Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Concerto in G Major.
I had masterclasses with Javier Castiblanque, Álvaro Octavio, Christian Farroni, Julien Beaudiment, William Bennet, Davide Formisano, Franz Jürgen, Anaïs Benoit...
In 2016 we created in Barcelona a quartet of flutes called Quartet Atiko, which won several prizes.
Anna Jansà Bayona
Anna Jansà Bayona started her musical studies in Reus Conservatory with her teacher Nèlia Sanxís. In 2012, she continued her bachelor studies in Zaragoza Conservatory (Spain) with her teachers Fernando Gómez, Antonio Nuez and André Cebrián. During those years she has took part in Contemporany Ensemble of Zaragoza conservatory with her teacher Nacho de Paz.
In order to improve her musical studies she has participated in some summercourses and masterclasses with flutists such as Clara Andrada, Aldo Baerten, Emily Beynon, Mario Caroli, Paul Edmund-Davies, Júlia Gállego, Francisco López, Álvaro Octavio, Vicens Prats. In 2017, she played piccolo in Young National Orchestra of Catalonia. Now, she is studying his master degree in Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp with his teacher Aldo Baerten.
Ibon Barriga Ariznabarreta
Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (1993). He started studying flute at the age of 7 in the Conservatory “Jesús Guridi” of Vitoria-Gasteiz and he finished his Professional Degree with Jose Luis Oroz. Finished his Bachelor Degree at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del País Vasco “Musikene” with Bruno Claverie, Miguel Ángel Angulo and Álvaro Octavio. After that he studied in the Conservatory of Italia “A.Corelli” with Stefano Parrino. Currently he is studying Master in Music at the “Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerp” with Aldo Baerten.
He also attended flute masterclasses with; Javier Castiblanque, Silvia Careddu, Beñat Arrieta, Juliette Hurel, Julie Moulin, Philippe Bernold, Clara Andrada, Stephanie Winker, Davide Formisano, Jose Sotorres, Vicens Prats, Pirmin Grehl, André Cebrián, Andrea Oliva and Antonio Nuez among others.
He has collaborated with different orchestras, such as the OSE “Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi”, EIO “Euskadiko Ikasleen Orkestra”, JOEX “Joven Orquesta de Extremadura” and the orchestra of “Musikene”. He has been conducted by Aberto Zedda, Eduardo Portal, Jose Luis Estellés, Arturo Tamayo, José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Bruno Cinquegrani and Gianluca Marciano among others.
He played in diverse festivals,“Martes Musicales” in Vitoria-Gasteiz and “Musika-Música” in Bilbao, besides he has been selected to performance two times with the Municipal Band of Vitoria-Gasteiz such soloist.
Marianna Siamisii was born in 1999 in Limassol, Cyprus. She began her music education when she was ten years old by taking flute and music theory lessons. In 2012 she was accepted to Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she had concerts in Cyprus, Rome and Vienna and she was the principal flute for the last 2 years. She also went to Music High School in Limassol where she was also the principal flute of the flute choir and had concerts in Cyprus and in Strasbourg. She was an active member in her town's choir and bands. Currently she is doing her bachelor degree at the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium with Aldo Baerten.
Lin Kwai Kit
Flutist Lin Kwai Kit is one of the active orchestral players and tutors Hong Kong. He played as the flutist and piccoloist in various orchestras and symphonic bands include Hong Kong Police band, Hong Kong SAR Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band, HKIEd Orchestra, City University Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Cantabile Winds etc. Lin contributed to many overseas tours, the places visited include Austria, Japan, Taiwan and Macau. In 2013, he gave his first concerto performance in Tusen Wan Town Hall with Hong Kong Cantabile Winds conducted by Mr. Sit Hok Chuen.
Lin obtained the Bachelor of Music in Education (Honours) (Contemporary Music and Performance Pedagogy) from the Hong Kong Institute of Education (Now retitled to the Education University of Hong Kong), majoring in flute performance taught by Mr. Timothy Wilson. He also obtained his Diploma in Music Performance (Flute) in 2011 from ABRSM. Lin is now having his master study in Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht majoring in flute and taught by Mr. Aldo Baerten.
He was born in 1993 in Linyola (Catalonia).
Jaume Darbra started to play piano and flute at the elementary music school of his hometown. Later he gained access to the Lleida’s Music Conservatory, where he spent only two years under the tutelage of Professor Arnau Millà, and he won the same year the first prize in the XIIIrd Music Performance Competition and the first prize in the XIIIrd Chamber Performance Competition organized by the same school. Here he finished the professional studies of music with the higher marks and that gave him the greatest distinction the conservatory concedes: the Extraordinary Prize in Flute.
Afterward, he gained access to the Conservatory of Liceu (Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu) where he did the Bachelor of Music with the Professor and flutist Júlia Gàllego. During these four years at Conservatori del Liceu he did the course “Contemporary Music through Non Western Techniques” ward by Rafael Reina in the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC – Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) during 3 years. He took part in masterclasses by professors Clara Andrada, Felix Renggli, Emily Beynon, Silvia Careddu, Henrik Wiese and Andrea Oliva, among others. At the same time, he performed throughout Europe including many radio broadcasts, a soloist with orchestras and as a member of chamber music ensembles involved in classical/contemporary as well as improvised music.
Jaume Darbra finished the Bachelor of Music (Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu) in 2016 with the higher marks. During the season 2016 – 2017 he was doing contract study with Dutch Professor and flutist Jos Zwaanenburg following the specialization “Contemporary Music through Non Western Techniques” in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and accademist in the prestigious Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome).
Currently he is doing the Masters Podium in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp with the Professor and flutist Aldo Baerten, and the Masters in Live Electronics in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam finishing the specialization “Contemporary Music through Non Western Techniques”.
Álvaro Vega Báscones
Álvaro Vega Báscones began his musical studies at the Professional Conservatory of music Ataulfo Argenta in Santander with his teacher Lara Manzano Gómez. During those years he also received lessons from Pablo Ventosa Puras. In 2015 he began his studies at the Rafael Orozco Superior Conservatory of Music, his professor of flute is Wendela Claire Van Swol.
In addition to his training at the conservatories, his musical interest has led him to carry out numerous training courses with teachers such as Magdalena Martínez (Soloist of the Palau of Valencia Orchestra), Miguel Angel Angulo (Flautist of the National Orchestra of Spain), Antonio Arias (Flautist of the National Orchestra of Spain), Salvador Martinez (Professor in the Superior School of Music Reina Sofía) among others.
His activity as a flautist allowed him to be part of numerous orchestras, such as: the Young Orchestra of Cantabria (JOSCAN) as he was lead flautist, EGO (Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country), Córdoba Symphonic Band, OJS (Youth Orchestra of Santander) where also he was lead flautist during his training in Santander, Orchestra Retales Casi-nfonicos with which he has participated in concerts throughout Spain, Portugal and Belgium, and the Asturias Prince Foundation Orchestra.
Mariona Baulies started playing flute at the age of 9 years with professors such as Christian Farroni or Mirjam Plass in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona (Catalonia), where she finished her secondary education in music. She studied three years of Bachelor degree at the Conservatory of Badajoz in Spain with Juanjo Hernández. Nowadays she is studying Bachelor 3 with Aldo Baerten at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Antwerpen.
She has received masterclasses by international flutists such as Paul Edmund Davies, Aldo Baerten, Peter Verhoyen, Francisco López, Salvador Martínez Tos, Antonio Nuez, Patricia de No, Wendela van Swol or Andre Cebrián. Recently she attended the 29th International Forum of Flute in Dietricht (Luxembourg) where she could learn from Carlo Jans, Christina Fassbender, Olga Ivuisheikova and Kersten McCall.
She has played with La jove orquestra del Vallès, and Camerata Sant Cugat, in Catalonia, and at Festival de música Contemporanea de Badajoz. Together with the Spanish guitarist Juanjo Rodríguez she has played in several places in Spain. She played at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam with flute duo Puya Grona (August 2017).
She attended Mathematics studies at Universitat Autònoma de Catalunya (2010-2014).
Joanna Sokołowska (Poland) started playing flute from age 13. She was attending masterclasses with professors like Peter-Lukas Graf, Carlo Jans, Anna Garzuly, Renate Greiss, Verena Bosshart, Jean-Claude Gerard, Wally Hase, Denis Bouriakov, Philippe Bernold, Patrick Gallois, Dejan Gavric, Stefan Albrecht, Andras Adorjan, Natasa Maric, Cezary Traczewski, Barbara Świątek-Żelazna, Elżbieta Woleńska.
She graduated Music High School in Katowice and then she was studying with Janos Balint and Łukasz Zimnik at the Music Academy in Katowice. She took part in Polish Youth Orchestra's autumn tour in 2015. Now Joanna is studying in the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp with prof. Aldo Baerten.
She was the laureate of many national and international competitions, such as:
- First place on the International Flute Competition (Sieradz) 2014
- First place on the International Flute Competition (Łódz) 2014
- First place on the Polish Duets Competition (Cieszyn) 2013
- Third place on the International Wind Instruments Competition (Jastrzębie Zdrój) 2014
- Distinction on the International Flute Competition (Jastrzębie Zdrój) 2014
- Distinction on the Polish Wind Instruments Competition (Bydgoszcz) 2014
- Concert solo with the Silesian Philharmonic (Katowice) 2015