Silvia Careddu made an auspicious start to her career by winning unanimously the First Prize and the Audience prize at the 56. Concours International de Musique de Genève. Following the award, Lorin Maazel invited Silvia to become solo flute for his newly founded Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. She later joined the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Staatsoper-Wiener Philharmoniker. Silvia has been guest principal flutist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. She has also appeared as a soloist and chamber musician with Schleswig Holstein, Festival des Arcs, Bürgenstock Festival, among other renowned festivals and orchestras. Silvia is Professor at the Conservatoire et Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ and Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. She is also a founding member of the Alban Berg Ensemble.
CARLOS CANO ESCRIBA
Flutist, composer, arranger and music producer, Carlos Cano Escribá transforms any stage he takes. Born in Havana, Cano is a former member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. Later he settled in Madrid where he continuously collaborated with various orchestras in Spain. Cano is a member of the Cervantes Trio. Together they have released several albums which have been nominated for several Latin Grammys. “Por la rivera de Paquito” Cano’s last recorded album together with pianist Hernán Milla, focuses on the innovation and expansion of the flute repertoire. His recording of the Sonatas Opus.3 by Juan Oliver Astorga was nominated for the Excellence in Publishing, Music and Research by the International Music Critics Association.Cano’s transcriptions are published by Boosey & Hawkes. Cano is currently professor of flute at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid, Spain.
At a mere age of 10, Ekaterina Ivanova is already on her way to doing great things. Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on June 6, 2010, Ekaterina began studying music at the age of five. Her first instrument was the recorder. At the age of seven she started to play the flute in the class of Mariya V. Kukovyakina where she continues to develop. Ekaterina has appeared as a soloist in venues such as the Small Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia and Mariinskiy Theater. She has won numerous prizes in competitions such as the Third Prize in the Fourth International Classical Music Competition “Kaunas Sonorum” (2017) in Lithuania, First Prize in the International Competition for Winds and Percussion (2018) in Moscow and was a Finalist at the Adams International Flute Competition (2019) in The Netherlands. Ekaterina is also the First Prize Winner of the 2020 Tampere Flute Fest Young Artist Competition (Category C).
Annaleena Jämsä works as a principal flutist in the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Previously, she held the same position in the Oulu Symphony Orchestra. Jämsä has also worked as principal or co-principal flutist in the Kymi Sinfonietta, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Norwegian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and substitutes regularly in several orchestras in Finland, Norway and Sweden. In addition to her work in the orchestra, Jämsä is a member of the Oslo Kammerakademi. She also teaches flute at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences Music Department. Jämsä won the first prize in the flute category and was awarded as the best woodwind player in the Lahti national wind instrument competition in 2003 and won a special prize in the Crusell flute competition in 2001. As a soloist she has performed with several Finnish orchestras including the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, the St. Michel Strings, the Kemi City Orchestra, the Guards Band of Finland and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Jämsä pursued her professional studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland with Liisa Ruoho and Ilpo Mansnerus.
Johanna Kärkkäinen is a versatile flutist, poet and artist. She is currently serving as Principal Flute in the Seinäjoki City Orchestra. In 2015, Kärkkäinen graduated with her Masters of Music Degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Petri Alanko as her teacher. Kärkkäinen frequently guests with several Finnish orchestras. She has worked with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra, Oulu City Orchestra and the Kymi Sinfonietta, to name a few. She has also established herself as chamber musician, soloist and flute teacher. Furthermore, Kärkkäinen is active in organizing concerts both in Finland and abroad. Her debut poetry collection, Kädet lokakuun harmaat, was published in autumn 2017 and her new book, Kultakivi, was published in May, 2020.
Japanese flutist Yuki Koyama is the Solo Flutist of the Finnish Radio Orchestra. He has won First Prize in various competitions in Japan, including the world renowned Kobe International Flute Competition in 2006. Koyama frequently guests with orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Kobe City Chamber Orchestra and others. Koyama is also a Flute Professor at the Sibelius Academy of Music and a Guest Professor at the Seiya Ueno Flute Academy in Japan and Festival Internacional de Musica de Valencia in Spain.
Born in 1998, Janette Levan began her flute studies with Katja Kohonen at the Huittinen Music Institute. She later went on to study with Hanna Juutilainen at the Sibelius Academy Youth Department and completed her Bachelors of Music Degree in 2020 at the Sibelius Academy under the tutelage of Petri Alanko. Currently, Janette is studying at the Universität der Künste Berlin with professor Christina Fassbender. Janette has taken part in many international competitions. In 2020, she won First Prize in the Tampere Flute Fest Young Artist Competition. She has also received an honorable mention in the 2019 International Janecek Flute Competition and was a finalist in the 2018 Dutch International Flute Competition. As an orchestral flutist, Janette has worked under contract as substitute Principal Flute in the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra as well as other Finnish orchestras such as Tapiola Sinfonietta and Pori Sinfonietta. An active chamber musician, Janette has performed in festivals such as Kamarikesä Chamber Music Festival in Finland. Janette’s studies have been kindly supported by Pro Musica Foundation, Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Wegelius Foundation.
Francisco Lopez is the Principal flute of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the current Residence Artist of the Orquesta de Extremadura. In 2015 he won the prestigious competition “ARD-Musikwettbewerb” in Munich. Since then, he has been performing around the world as a soloist. Lopez gives masterclasses at Barrat Due Music School in Oslo, Gothenburg University, Conservatorio Superior de Badajoz, Conservatorio Superior de Aragon and Conservatorio Superior de Granada and ESMUC in Barcelona. He has been a guest principal flute at Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio, Sidney Symphony, Den Norske Oper & Ballett, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Frankfurter Museumsorchester and Liceo Orchestra in Barcelona. Francisco is also an avid composer. He has written a number of solo and orchestral pieces. Recently he was commissioned to write the compulsory piece for the 2020 Spanish Flute Competition in Malaga “Mononoke-Hime”.
Mexican-American flutist and soprano Beatriz Macias is quickly gaining momentum in her career as one of the most versatile figures in the scene of classical music. Celebrated for the “voice-like beauty” of her playing, Macias established an international career early on, making her solo debut at the age of 18 at the prestigious D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Beatriz was among some one of the youngest candidates at international competitions and in 2008 was awarded the honor and named a YAMAHA Young Performing Artist. Her career as a professional orchestral musician has taken her around the world. In 2014 Beatriz won the position of Principal Flutist in the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra. Beatriz has appeared in numerous orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Dutch National Ballet & Opera Orchestra, Royal Opera House ‘La Monnaie’, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Flemish Opera Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic, Opera national de Lorraine and the Houston Symphony, to name a few. Beatriz is also an active soloist, teacher and the founder and Artistic Director of the Tampere Flute Fest.
Born in Paris, Sarah Ouakrat began to play the flute at 10 years of age. Developing a real passion for the instrument, Sarah went on to study with Madeleine Chassang at the “Conservatoire de Région de Paris”, Philippe Bernold at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon” and William Bennett at The Royal Academy of Music in London. She then followed her musical path with the Philharmonia Zurich as an Academy member. In June 2010 Sarah won the Principal flute position with the Dutch National Ballet Orchestra and in 2013 was appointed a member of the modern music ensemble Collegium Novum Zürich in Switzerland. Sarah has won numerous competitions including The Prize of Honour at the 12th European Competition of Music in Picardy in 2005, the NYOS Staffa Award in Edinburgh in 2009 and the First Prize at the IV International Flute Competition of the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 2012. Sarah is a guest in many major European festivals and orchestras.
Paloma Catalá Parga
Paloma Catalá Parga is a flutist, researcher, and lover of musical education, based in Tampere, Finland since December 2019. Paloma pursued her professional studies at ESMUC with Vencens Prats. She has also worked with Maxence Larrieu, Philippe Bernold, Sir James Galway, Michel Bellavance, and Walter Auer. At the age of 24, Paloma obtained the position of Flute Professor at the Conservatory of Culleredo in Spain, a position she kept for 10 years. During the course of her career, Paloma has worked with several Spanish orchestras, including the Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia and Orquesta de Castilla y León. Currently, Paloma is interested in the application of technology and electronics in flute music and actively performs modern programs with husband and cellist Iago Castro Pérez as part of the Ruska Duo.
French flutist Alexis Roman was appointed Principal Flutist of the Jyväskylä Sinfonia in 2012 by renowned conductor and flutist Patrick Gallois. In the spring of 2020, Roman was appointed Solo Flutist of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Orchestra, a position he currently holds. Roman is a frequent guest with several Finnish and Swiss orchestras. He has acted as Guest Principal Flutist in the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Orcheste de Chambre de Lausanne as well as many other ensembles. Roman is a former flute teacher at the Jyväskylä Conservatory and serves as Guest Professor in the Seiya Ueno Flute Academy in Japan. Recently, Roman and Ueno recorded a new Bach duet album that was released in the spring of 2020.
Winner of the 2018 NFA Young Artist Piccolo Competition (U.S.A.), flutist and piccolist Heili Rosin has been a successful prize winner in several international competitions. She won first prize and the special prize for the best performance at the III International Contest-festival Renaissance in Armenia in 2011 and first prize at the contet Con Brio in Tallinn in 2010. Rosin has formerly held the position of Solo Flutist in the Estonian National Opera and Co-Principal Flutist in the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. As an AS Artists Management Artist, Rosin spends her time performing as a soloist and as Guest Principal Piccolo in several German orchestras. In the 2010/2011 season Heili participated in the European tour of the Animato Orchestra Academy and was also selected as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Kerttu Aalto-Setälä is Principal Flutist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She started to play the flute at the age of 7 in her hometown Espoo and shortly after entered the Youth Department of the Sibelius Academy with Petri Alanko. Kerttu graduated with her Bacherlors of Music Degree from the Hochschule für Musik Basel with Prof. Felix Renggli and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hochschule für Musik München. From summer 2017 until winter 2018 Kerttu was an academist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in January 2019 she started her orchestral career as Principal Flutist of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Kerttu’s studies and career have been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Wihuri Foundation and ProMusica Foundation.
Alexander Viazovtsev is Principal Flutist of the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland. He has performed with orchestras such as the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Besides playing the flute, Alexander enjoys transcribing new works for chamber music repertoire.
Malla Vivolin is a flutist and a pedagogue based in Tampere. She´s especially fond of performing on different doubling instruments. As a member of Uusinta Ensemble she´s collected quite a list of them to date, ranging from the bass flute to various electric cables. Vivolin is currently on leave from her position as the Co-Principal flute of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and is concentrating on her doctoral thesis at her alma mater, the University of Arts’ Sibelius Academy. Vivolin plays a custom Emanuel flute, built 2008 in Boston, with a J.R. Lafin head. A contemporary music enthusiast, she is also keen on unfamiliar places and familiar people.