Denis Bouriakov

Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera, Denis Bouriakov enjoys one of the fastest growing careers in the flute world. He has won prizes in many of the most important international competitions, including the Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Munich ARD, the Prague Spring, the Carl Nielsen, and the Kobe competitions. Bouriakov looks outside the standard flute repertoire for works that allow the flute to shine. In addition to having a phenomenal virtuoso technique, he is continually transcribing and performing violin concertos and sonatas, expanding the limits of flute technique and artistry.

Mr. Bouriakov released his first solo CD in 2009, which includes the Sibelius Violin Concerto in his own arrangement. He has also recorded the Bach Concerto for 2 Violins in d minor with flutist William Bennett and the English Chamber Orchestra. His anticipated 2012 CD, recorded in Japan, will include works by Copland, Debussy, Boehm, Jolivet and Prokofiev. Bouriakov has performed worldwide as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble of Tokyo, the Odense Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble of Paris and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.

Denis Bouriakov was born in Crimea (now the Ukraine). At the age of ten, he was given a place at the Moscow Central Special Music School, where he studied with Professor Y.N. Dolzhikov. With the support of the ”New Names” International Charity Foundation and the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, he toured as soloist to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and the USA. He went on to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Professor William Bennett (OBE). His graduation in 2001 was accompanied by the “Principal’s Award”, the diploma for Outstanding Recital, and the Teaching Fellowship Award for the following year. In 2006, the Academy awarded him the title of ARAM, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. While in London, Bouriakov freelanced as principal flute with the Philharmonia of London, the LPO, Leeds Opera North and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

Bouriakov’s first position was Principal Flute with the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland, where he also taught at the Tampere Conservatory of Music for 3 years. In 2008, he was appointed Principal Flute with the Barcelona Symphony under Eiji Oue. Later that year he won the Principal Flute position in the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Mr. Bouriakov is very active as a soloist, orchestra player and teacher; his recent engagements have included recitals and master classes in Europe, Asia, USA and Australia.

Andrea Lieberknecht

Andrea Lieberknecht was born in 1965 in Augsburg. She studied music under Professor Paul Meisen at the academy of music in Munich. In 1988, even before finishing her studies, she became the soloist flute player with the Munich Radio Orchester. Three years later she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchester in Cologne. As a soloist and member of a chamber music group, with the ARCIS Quintett and with her pianist, Jan Philip Schulze, she has won many national and international competitions: i.e., the international music competition „Prager Frühling“ in 1991, the International Flute Competition Kobe in 1993, the German Music Competition in 1996, the ARD-Competition and the international chamber music competitions in Colmar, Trapani and Belgrad.

Since then, recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians, have taken her around the world. She has played solo concerts and chamber music concerts at international festivals such as The Ansbacher Bachwochen, The Rheingaufestival, The Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, festivals in Iida and Hamamatsu in Japan, and The Glasbeni September Maribor in Slovenia. Moreover, during the years 1993 to 1996, she was the solo flute player at The Richard-Wagner-Festival in Bayreuth. In Germany, she has given flute concerts with The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchester, The Munich Symphonists, as well as with the State Philharmony of Rheinland-Palatinate, The Augsburg Philharmonists, The Northwest German Philharmony and various chamber music orchesters.

Numerous compact disc recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity.

She taught at the academy of music in Cologne from 1996 to 1999. Since 2002 she has been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover. She is regularly asked to be a jury member at flute competitions and she teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and Australia.

From 2002 until 2011 she had been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover, since 2011 she is flute professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munic.

Cecilie Løken


Cecilie Løken has studied the flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London with William Bennett

and she started her professional carrier at the age of 21. She has given concerts in most of the great concerthalls in the world,

such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein and Concertgebouw..

She had her international solo debut 1994 in Zurich playing the Mozart G major concerto, with Mariss Jansons conducting.

From 2009 she is playing with Valery Gergiev’s World Orchestra for Peace.

She has worked as principal flutist with many orchestras, such as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997-99 Cecilie held the position as principal flutist in the Norwegian Opera,

1999-2002 at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and in Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 2006-08.

She has released several solo records with big success. In 2003 she was honoured as ”Associate of the

Royal Academy of Music” in London. Today she is the  principal flutist in The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

She regularly gives masterclasses around Europe

Solo concerts with orchestra
Soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra 2015
(from Bachs b-minor suite, “Melodikrysset”, live broadcast SR)
Soloist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra 2015 (Telemann and Piazolla, together with Martin Frost)
Soloist with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 2010
Soloist with Stockholm Sinfonietta 2010, at Östersjöfestivalen
(broadcasted live by the Swedish Radio)
Soloist with Stockholm Sinfonietta, South America tour 2010
Soloist with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 2009
Soloist with Gävle symphony Orchestra 2009
Soloist with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 2008
Soloist with Camerata Nordica 2006
Soloist with Gävle Symphony Orchestra 2006
Soloist with KammarensembleN, Stockholm 2004
Soloist with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra 2004
Soloist with the Norwegian Chamber orchestra 2002 and 2001
Soloist with the Swedish Radio Baroque Orchestra 2002 and 2001
Soloist with the Norwegian Opera Orchestra 1999
Soloist with Camerata Roman, Sweden, 1999 and 1998
Soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, twice in 1995
Soloist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra 1995 and 1993
Soloist with the Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia 1995
Soloist with Praeludium Ensemble, Italy, 1994
Soloist with the Zurich Opera Orchestra in 1994,
conductor Mariss Jansons
Soloist with the Stavanger Symphony orchestra 1994