Masterclass: Karin Bonelli
Alessandro Bennardo holds the position of Principal Flutist with the Brutia Symphony Orchestra in Cosenza. He is currently studying at the Lugano Conservatory in Switzerland with Andrea Oliva and Antonio Giorgio Narcisi. Alessandro has been a prize winner in numerous national competitions in Italy, including the 2018 Gazzelloni International Competition, among others.
Senja Mäki is studying her Master’s at the Sibelius Academy of Music with Elina Raijas. Prior to that she did her undergraduate studies with Petri Alanko and an Erasmus exchange with Christina Fassbender at Berlin University of the Arts. Senja has worked with several Finnish orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Lohja City Orchestra, Kaarti Orchestra, and the Finnish National Opera.
Wenjing You received her education from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and Haute École de Musique Lausanne. She has worked in several orchestras as Guest Principal Flute and substitute flute including the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Jiangsu Symphony Orchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Oulu Sinfonia.
Masterclass: Elisabet Franch
Jiayu Jin is studying at the CSI Music University of Lugano and Hochschule für Musik Trossingen. She has been a prize winner in the Hong Kong International Flute Competition, Medici International Music Competition, among others, and has performed with various orchestras in Germany.
Henna Nieminen is doing her Master Studies at the Sibelius Academy with Hanna Kinnunen. During her studies Henna has gotten to play with the Finnish National Opera and Tapiola Sinfonietta. She has performed in masterclasses for Emily Beynon, Kersten McCall and Christina Fassbender, among others.
Venezuelan-born flutist José Sulbaran began his flute studies at the age of nine in the prestigious Venezuelan National System of Youth and Children´s Orchestras, known worldwide as El Sistema. In 2021, José was accepted into the Conservatory of Colmar, France with Carlotta Paolacci. He is currently studying at the Conservatory of Mulhouse with Isabelle Papirer.
Masterclass: Jéremie Abergel
Anna-Lotta Pesonen is pursuing her Bachelors Degree in flute and pedagogy at Tampere University of Applied Sciences with Seppo Planman. Previously she studied under the guidance of Tiina Heinonen and Päivi Korhonen. Anna-Lotta has performed in Finland’s Navy Band and in masterclasses for Sébastian Jacot, Hanna Juutilainen, among others.
Ka Wing Karen Wong
Hong Kong-born flautist Ka Wing Karen Wong has worked with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orion Orchestra, among others. She is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music, studying flute, piccolo and Baroque flute. In 2022, Karen won 1st Prize in the British Flute Society Young Artist Competition and 2nd Prize in Tampere Flute Fest Piccolo Competition.
Youth Masterclass: Karin Bonelli
Alisiia Kabesas (16) is studying flute at the conservatory level. She has won several national competitions and participated in masterclasses for Silvia Careddu, Gareth McLearnon, and other international flutists.
Martyna Kruk (14) has won numerous prizes in some of Poland’s most recognised youth competitions. She has also performed in masterclasses for Mario Caroli, Berten Dhollander, among others.
Sonja Kujala (16) has been studying under the guidance of Hanna Kinnunen since the age of 9. She has been a prize winner in the 2020 Tampere Flute Fest and 2018 Dutch International Flute Competition. In 2018, Sonja played as a soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently in her second year at the Sibelius Academy Youth Department.
Sofia Zhilina (16) is studying flute at the conservatory level. She has participated in various festivals across Europe and performed in masterclasses for Paolo Taballione, Felix Renggli, Carlo Jans, among others.
Youth Masterclass: Annaleena Jämsä
18-year-old Anniina Hyväri is a second year student at the Madetoja Music High School and takes flute lessons at the Oulu Conservatory with teacher Marjaana Rantakeisu.
Inka Metsäranta began her studies at Paimio Institute of Music in 2013, and since Autumn of 2020 has been studying under the guidance of Oleg Sytianko at the Turku Conservatory and Institute of Music. She has played in several music ensembles.
Tilda Poutiainen has been studying flute at the Oulu Conservatory for ten years. Her current teacher is Laura Kähkönen. She has played in various orchestras and chamber music ensembles.
Lada Potemkina (16) is studying flute at the conservatory level with teacher Irina Petrovna Pimenova. She is a winner of over 100 national competitions and regularly participates in festivals and masterclasses worldwide.
17-year-old Milka Takkinen plays the flute at the Oulu Conservatory under teacher Marjaana Rantakeisu. She is in her second year at Madetoja Music High School.
Junior Masterclass: Jenny Villanen
Lilja Pantsar is 11 years old and studying at the Helsinki Conservatory with Sari Latonen.
Alina Toivanen is 9 years old and studying at the Joensuu Conservatory with Helena Manninen.
Ilma Acosta Törmälehto
Ilma Acosta Törmälehto is 12 years old and studying at the East Helsinki Music College with Jaana Laasonen.
Vili Välimäki is 12 years old and studying at the East Helsinki Music College with Jaana Laasonen.