Emily Beynon

Emily Beynon is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.

Born in Wales, Emily Beynon began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. In 2002 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily has performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the Vienna, Prague, Netherlands and English Chamber Orchestras and the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields.

As a chamber musician she works regularly with her sister, the harpist, Catherine Beynon and the pianist Andrew West. Emily has made guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Steven Isserlis, Lukas Hagen, Daishin Kashimoto, Jean-Yves Tibaudet, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Kungsbacka Trio and Skampa and Brodsky Quartets.

She is frequently heard on BBC radio and Classic FM, and has featured in several television documentaries for Thames, the BBC and AVRO (Netherlands)

Emily is an enthusiastic protagonist of new music and has had many new works written for her by some of the UK’s leading composers: John Woolrich, Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, Errollyn Wallen and Roxanna Panufnik. In 2008 Universal Edition has released a book of contemporary works entitled “Flute Project: new pieces for flute solo” on which she collaborated with Matthieu Dufour (Chicago Symphony), Kazushi Saito (Tokyo Philharmonic) and Emmanuel Pahud (Berlin Philharmonic)

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. In 2009, together with business woman (and amateur flautist), Suzanne Wolff, Emily set up the Netherlands Flute Academy; www.neflac.nl

Tobias Carron

Tobias Carron has established himself as one of the most sought-after flutist in Sweden. He has collaborated with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leif Segerstam and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has made many recordings; flute concertos by Vivaldi and Bach’s B minor suite with Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov at RCA, Sven-David Sandström’s Flute Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Leif Segerstam (released on the Caprice Records). The same record label has also published ”Play Italian Music” and ”Cafe 1930” with guitarist Per Skareng. Together with Mats Widlund he is artistic director of Sandvikens Chamber Orchestra.

Tobias teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and was during 1992-008 solo flutist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Christina Fassbender

Christina Fassbender studied at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Prof. Jean-Claude Gérard, as well as completing postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Michael Martin Kofler.

From 1996 to 1999, she was a flutist in the Munich Radio Orchestra. From 1999 to October 2012, she was the First Principal Flute in the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin.

As a solo flutist she has also worked with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of WDR and with many others.

Christina Fassbender has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Japan, Norway, Chile, Costa Rica, the United States and Canada. She has also made numerous radio broadcasts and CD recordings.

She has taught at the conservatories of Hanns Eisler, Berlin and Rostock. In 2012, she became the Flute Professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (successor to Prof. Konrad Hünteler). Beginning in 2015, she is the Flute Professor at Musikhochschule Würzburg.

Gaby Pas van Riet

I began my musical studies at the Royal Flemish Academy of Music in Antwerp (Belgium), receiving the solo diploma for flute and the first prize for chamber music at the age of 18.
While attending the Academy of Music I also completed my high school diploma.

At the same time I was able, with the help of a scholarship from the Belgian government, to attend the University of Music in Cologne as a Young Student beginning at the age of 14, where I studied with Prof. Schwegler, principal flutist of the WDR.

After completing my studies in Antwerp I continued my education at the University of Music in Cologne. In 1979 I received the solo diploma with distinction in the class of Prof. Schwegler.

I was awarded a scholarship by the Swiss government in order to continue my studies with one of the greatest flute virtuosos, Peter-Lukas Graf, at the Music Conservatory in Basel. I completed my studies there with distinction in 1982.

Awards were won in the following competitions:
– 1973 Trompconcours for the Benelux countries in Eindhoven (the Netherlands)
– Markneukirchen in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR)
– International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Aberdeen (GB)
– 1983 Gold Medal in the George Cziffra Competition (Paris) followed by a concert with the Master himself
– 1985 ARD International Competition in Munich (Germany)

From 1977 (at the age of 18) until 1983 I taught at the Academy of Music in Mechelen and at the Academy of Music in Essen (both in Belgium).
Two years of teaching at the University of Music in Stuttgart followed.
Since October 1996 I have had a professorship at the University of Music in Antwerp.
In October 2000 I became Professor of flute at the University of Music in Saarbrücken. (Germany)

From 1978 until 1983 I was principal flute of the Orchestra of the European Community under the baton of Karajan, Barenboim, Abbado and others.
In 1983 I became principal flute of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the SWR.
In 1986 I was principal flute of the Professional World Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan (participation by recommendation only).
At the recommendation of the conductor Erich Leinsdorf I played as temporary principal flute of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer of 1990. I have also played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute for principal flutist Emanuel Pahud.
I am a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

William Bennet

One of the foremost musical artists performing today,         William Bennett has raised the profile of the flute to that of an instrument       capable of a wide range of tonal colours, dynamics, and expression, giving     it the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or a string instrument.

He studied in London with Geoffrey       Gilbert, and in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyse.

The Master classes of Marcel Moyse       in Switzerland in the late 70’s provided extra stimulus and inspiration       so that William Bennett’s burgeoning career developed     as an International soloist and recording artist.

He has enjoyed long lasting musical partnerships with harpsicordist George Malcolm and pianist    Clifford     Benson, with whom he has extensively recorded, and his solo recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, the Grumiaux Trio, I Musici, the Academy of St. Martin     in the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra have received international     acclaim and enthusiastic reviews in record and CD journals.

Early in his career he made the first       English recording of the complete Handel Flute Sonatas, and of contemporary       works including the Sonatine of Boulez, Berio’s Sequenza, Messaien’s Merle       Noir, and Richard Rodney Bennett’s ”Winter Music” specially written for      him.

In addition to recording the standard       flute repertoire of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, etc., he has made pioneer       recordings of many neglected 19th century works, such as music by Ries,       Romberg, and Taffanel. He has recorded with artists such as Jimi Hendrix       and Wynton Marsalis. He has made over 100 CD’s as a soloist.   He premiered the Concerto       by William Mathias, the Concerto by Diana Burrell and the Concerto for       Flute and  Orchestra by Venezuelan composer Raymund Pineda. All of       these were specially written for him.

He has been principal flute in many       orchestras including the London Symphony, the Academy of St Martin in       the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

He has been Professor of Flute in the Freiburg Hochschule of Music in Germany, and he teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He teaches Masterclasses all over the world.

In addition to making a Balalaika and a Guitar whilst at school, he has made and improved Flutes from an early age and has done a lot of work on improving and refining the tuning of the flute, and several makers in the world now make flute on the ”William Bennett Scale”.

This year his Concert and Mastercdlass engagements take him to Holland, U.S.A  Singapore, Canada, Lithuania, Belgium, Japan, China/Taiwanv etc. and he is going to record several contemporary Flute pieces.

In 2002 he was awarded the National Flute Association’s ”Lifetime Achievement Award” and in 2003 he was appointed the British Flute Society’s ”Flautist Laureate”.  In 2004 he was awarded the title of ” Flute of Gold” from the Italian ”Falaut” Flute society. In 2009 he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Chicago Flute Club.

In January 1995 H.M. The Queen presented       William Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E)       for his distinguished Services to Music.

Tobias Carron

Tobias Carron började spela flöjt vid 10 års ålder. Direkt efter grundskolan studerade han vid Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och debuterade 18 år gammal med Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester och Yuri Ahronovitj. Därefter följde ett år vid Juilliard School of Music i New York.

Tobias har etablerat sig som en av de mest efterfrågade instrumentalisterna i Sverige. Han har samarbetat med dirigenter som Myung-Whun Chung, Leif Segerstam och Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Han har gjort en rad skivinspelningar som t ex flöjtkonserter av Vivaldi och Bachs h-mollsvit med Moscow Virtuosi och Vladimir Spivakov på RCA. Sven-David Sandströms Flöjtkonsert med Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester och Leif Segerstam finns utgiven på Caprice Records. På samma skivmärke har även utkommit ”Play Italian Music” och ”Cafe 1930” med gitarristen Per Skareng.

Tillsammans med Mats Widlund är han konstnärlig ledare för Sandvikens Kammarmusikfestival. Tobias undervisar vid Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och är sedan 1992 soloflöjtist i Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester.

Samuel Coles

Samuel Coles

He has played guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Opera de Paris, Orchestra de Radio France, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Residentiel Orchestra of the Hague and the English Chamber Orchestra, with whom he recorded all the Mozart concertos under the direction of Sir Yehudi Menuhin. He is the principal flute in the Philharmonia Orchestra and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Philippa Davies

Philippa Davies has established an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing. A «first-rate virtuoso», with «exceptional eloquence» she has been noted for an «almost electrical response to technique». As a recitalist, she plays and broadcasts throughout the world at international festivals, whilst performing concertos and giving master classes from China to the USA. She has performed concertos with the New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. Since her much-admired performance of Mozart’s D major concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 1988 she has become a popular BBC Proms artist. As the solo flute in Havoc by Giles Swayne, she gave a thrilling performance at the World premiere (BBC Proms 2000). Since then she has appeared at the BBC Proms with The Nash Ensemble performing the Copland Duo, Pierrot lunaire and Façade as well as with London Winds this summer.

Kersten McCall

The son of composer Brent McCall, the German flautist Kersten McCall grew up in Donaueschingen, where the Donaueschingen Festival for contemporary music is still held every October. It was in this rich musical environment that McCall took up the flute at the age of nine. He later studied with Felix Renggli at the Schaffhausen Conservatory in Basle and with Renate Greiss and Aurèle Nicolet at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik. McCall won first prize at the 1997 Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan and third prize at the 2000 ARD International Music Competition.McCall served as principal flautist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, also having played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed principal flautist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in November 2005.McCall co-founded the ensemble est!est!!est!!! in 1995 and has been a member of the Linos Ensemble since 2000. He is professor at the Royal Conservatoire in Amsterdam.

Felix Renggli

Felix Renggli was born in Basel/Switzerland and studied the flute with Gerhard Hildenbrand, Peter-Lukas Graf and Aurèle Nicolet. He gave up his chair as a solo flautist with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, to start a freelance career in the same position with several orchestras in Europe (Tonhalle Zürich, Festival Orchestra Lucerne, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe) and perform as soloist at several international festivals as in Paris, Bourges, Lucerne, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Lockenhaus etc. Working and playing regularly together with oboist, composer and conductor Heinz Holliger has deeply marked his musical career.

He tours as soloist and member of different chamber music groups, such as for example the ”Ensemble Contrechamps”/Geneva (music of the 20th century), the ”Holliger-woodwind-quintet”, ”Nova Stravaganza/Köln” (on baroque instruments), etc…, in Europe, Japan, China, Korea, Southamerica and USA, playing in prestigious halls like Merkin Hall/New York (Solorecital), Opera Bastille/Paris, Beethoven Hall/Tokio, Alte Oper/Frankfurt, etc.

Felix Renggli has been awarded prizes at various international music competitions. He has recorded for the radio in different countries and appears on a growing number of compact discs, with the Ensemble Contrechamps, Heinz Holliger, the Arditti-quartett, the pianist Jan Schultzs and others. (Philips, Koch International, Accord, Stradivarius, Discover)

Renggli teaches a professional flute class at the Music Academy of Basel, having been nominated for this place as successor of P.-L. Graf., and gives regularly masterclasses in Europe (Int. Summercourses Montepulciano/Italy, Masterclasses Goslar/Germany), Japan (Int.summer academy of Musashino Music University Tokio) Australia and Southamerica (Argentina, Brasil ).

His repertoire includes a wide range of music: from the 18th century, played on historical instruments (Nova Stravaganza/Köln), up to the avant garde of our time, having played first performances from many solo-and chamber-music works. (also with „Ensemble Contrechamps/Geneva). Since 1999 he is artistic director of the new released concert serie in Switzerland, „Swiss Chamber Concerts”.

In 2004 he has been nominated profesor at the ”Music University of Freiburg i. Br.”, Germany.