2019 FEATURED ARTISTS:
JUERGEN FRANZ, JANA JARKOVSKA & ANTONINA STYCZEN
Jürgen Franz is Flute-Professor at the Musikhochschule (University of music) in Hamburg and a member of the NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg.
Receiving his first lessons at the age of 12, he later studied with Jean Claude Gérard, Maxence Larrieu, and James Galway.
Jürgen Franz became a member of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra and played Principal Flute in the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra.
As guest he played with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig and has performed as solo-flute in the Philharmonic Orchestra from “La Scala di Milano” and Orchestra Santa Cecilia Rome.
For 8 years he was a member of the Richard Wagner Festivalorchestra in Bayreuth. Lorin Maazel invited him to play as solo-flutist with the orchestra “Symphonica Toscanini“.
As one of the most varied flutists, he plays as a soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Franz performed on Solo CD’s and radio broadcasts throughout Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, and Switzerland.
He is a frequently seen guest at major flute festivals and as a jury member in international flute competitions.
Mr. Franz gives masterclasses all over the world and as a Haynes Artist he performs on a Wm.S.Haynes 19.5K gold flute.
Sir James Galway says of Franz’ recording, “European Recital”:
“This CD is one of the most interesting to be issued for a long time. The repertoire is very attractive. It is very well recorded and the playing is of the highest standard. A pleasure to listen to.”
Jana Jarkovská, a leading Czech flutist of the younger generation, studied for six years at the Prague Conservatory. In 2013, she graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague and in 2015, she received her soloist diploma from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. She spent one semester at the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan (Italy), as an assistant professor in the Erasmus Placement Program. In 2018, she earned her PhD in Interpretation Theory from the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague, and released her CD of contemporary Czech music “Pidluke-padluke”. She currently teaches at the Conservatory in Teplice, North Bohemia, performing mostly as a member of the award-winning Duo du Rêve (flute & piano). As a soloist and chamber music player, she collaborates with a number of contemporary composers premiering their works and regularly records for the Czech Radio. Jana is working on a new CD release in 2020 as part of her contemporary project with contemporary Czech women composers.
Flutist Antonina Styczen comes from the small town of Bielsko-Biala in Southern Poland, and at the age of five set her mind on having a career as flutist. By age six, she had enrolled in a local flute class, and since then has experimental performance art rarely to be seen in glamorous concert halls.
A performer in classical, jazz, rock, and improvisatory idioms, Ms. Styczen has appeared in unlikely spaces as a concerto soloist, and has created large-scale, crowd-sourced projects. A dynamic musician and entrepreneur, she hopes to create projects for the flute that will change the perception of the classical soloist. “Clearly a musician to watch” (Arcana FM), Ms. Styczen is a winner of Astral’s 2018 National Auditions.
In 2019 alone, Ms. Styczen captured First Prize at the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition as well as its special prize for the Best Performance of a New Work, both Second Prize and the William H. Grass Memorial Prize at The James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and Third Prize in the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition.
An advocate for social change and for the programming of music by female composers, her program in the final round of the NFA Competition, featuring all female compositions, was overwhelmingly positively received.
In 2016, Ms. Styczen recorded her debut album, Mieczyslaw Wajnberg: Works for Flute, with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Wojciech Rajski, for the German recording label TACET. The album was nominated for the 2017 International Classical Music Award and the Prize of German Critics. Along with pianist Eliza Puchianu and cellist William Laney, she formed the Alara Ensemble trio, which won First Prize at the Boston Conservatory’s Berklee Honors Ensemble Competition. In the ensemble’s short life, it has performed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University. A video of their arrangement of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons was released by the Berklee College of Music. Upcoming is a concert tour and recording with Eliza Puchianu of music by Eastern-European female composers.
Very active in electronic and improvised music, Ms. Styczen created Witkacy 622, Vol. 1, a program for singer, electronics, harp, and flute, with soprano Aleksandra Klimczak and pianist-composer Andrzej Karalow. She is also currently working as a producer on recital projects that include deejay, a recital that includes electronic works she composed, an electronic reimagining of Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for Solo Flute, and a CD of new solo flute works with electronics inspired by nature.
Ms. Styczen is a four-time recipient of the prize for extraordinary artistic achievements from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She won First Prize at the Virtuoso Competition in London’s Royal Albert Hall, First Prize at the Miami Music Festival Concerto Competition, Second Prize at the XV Jeunesse International Music Competition in Bucharest, and Third Prize at the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition.
She has participated in masterclasses with Andras Adorjan, Walter Auer, Samuel Coles, David Dolan, Carsten Eckert, Pierre Ives-Artaud, Andrea Lieberknecht, Nadine Asin, Denis Bouriakov and Jim Walker.
A graduate with distinction from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, she was also awarded a full scholarship from the Fundacion Albeniz for studies at Madrid’s Reina Sofía College of Music under Jacques Zoon, where she also graduated with distinction. She holds an Artist Diploma and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, under Sarah Brady.
Also a passionate and award-winning horse rider and show jumper, Ms. Styczen has a long-term dream to connect both of her passions in a novel mix of music and equitation.
Antonina Styczen plays a Powell custom made silver flute, found and delivered by Flutistry Boston.
2019 GUEST ARTISTS
Ann Bobo joined the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2004 and is a flute instructor.
Bobo has been one of the busiest freelance flutists in Greater Boston for many years. She performs regularly with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Springfield Symphony. She has performed with nearly all of the major organizations in the New England region, most notably the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Chamber Music Society, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Bobo is an avid chamber musician and has been included on the rosters of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, Winsor Music, Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and Radius Ensemble.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Bobo came to Boston to study with former Boston Symphony flutist Fenwick Smith at New England Conservatory. While in school, and for some years after, she was a member of the award-winning Taiyo Wind Quintet, an ensemble that earned awards from the prestigious Coleman and Carmel chamber music societies (1993), and she had the privilege of working with such renowned composers as György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, John Harbison, and John Heiss. She spent two years as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (1995, 1997) and toured throughout the United States and Asia with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Bobo has performed numerous times on WGBH radio programs and has recorded for RCA Victor, Arsis, and New World Records.
In addition to Boston Conservatory, Bobo teaches at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Massachusetts, and maintains a private studio. When not performing (or practicing), Bobo can be found running around with her husband and two young daughters.
Called “enchanting” by the Boston Globe, flutist Sarah Brady is sought after across the country as a soloist, chamber musician, and master teacher. An avid promoter of new music she has premiered and recorded new music from many of today’s top composers. Her solo, chamber and over 50 orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale, Cantaloupe and BMOP/Sound music labels. As a leading interpreter of contemporary music, she was invited to read and record new music commissioned by Yo Yo Ma for his Silk Road Project at Tanglewood.
Principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera, Sarah often performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and Boston Lyric Opera. As a chamber musician she has been described as “clairvoyantly sensitive” (New Music Connoisseur), and has collaborated with the Fromm Players at Harvard, the Firebird Ensemble, the Radius Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, The Talea Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, NotaRiotous and the Cortona Collective.
In competition she was awarded second place in the National Flute Association 2006 Young Artist Competition, where she also won an award for the best performance of the newly commissioned work by Paul Drescher. She has been a Semifinalist in the Myrna Brown Competition Flute Competition, Heida Herman Woodwind Competition, Eastern Connecticut Young Artist Competition, and twice received second place in Boston’s prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. As a soloist Sarah enjoyed a sold out debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. Awarded a full tuition scholarship to the University of Connecticut, Sarah went on to receive a Masters of Music as well as an Artist Diploma from the Longy school of Music where she was a student of Robert Willoughby. Sarah is Associate Professor of Flute Association a well as the Director of the Classical Contemporary Music Program at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. For more information about recordings or concerts, please visit: www.Bradyflute.com
A native of New York, Linda Toote is the Principal Flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera. A frequent performer with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras, she has also appeared as soloist with these groups on several occasions. She has held Principal Flute positions with the Tampa, Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and the Santa Fe and Lake George Opera Orchestras. Ongoing invitations from the Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis Symphonies have included recording and touring with these orchestras. She has joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra for multiple tours of European festivals.
Ms. Toote is the full time flute instructor at Boston University, Director of Woodwind Chamber Music and serves as the Woodwind Coordinator. She is a faculty member at the ARIA International Academy during the summer months and has been an invited guest recitalist and clinician at the Northern California Flute Camp. She has coached chamber music and masterclasses at the Tanglewood Music Center and serves as Director of the Flute Workshop of Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. She has recently been invited to join the faculty of the Brevard Music Center.
Ms. Toote has collaborated with the Muir Quartet in a residency of the composer Joan Tower at Boston University and has performed as soloist with both the Boston University Wind Ensemble and with the Boston University Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to serving as the Program Chair and a Board Member for the National Flute Association, she has made convention appearances as soloist and clinician at events in Dallas, Washington D.C., Albuquerque, Chicago, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Charlotte. She has premiered two concertos for both flute and piccolo written by her Boston University colleague Martin Amlin at conventions held in Las Vegas in 2013 and in San Diego in 2016. She is a frequent contributor to both the Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk Magazine, on whose editorial board she also serves.
Her recordings include many symphonic works with the Atlanta Symphony on the Telarc label and works of many genres with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.
A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with John Wion, Ms. Toote was also a Master of Music student of Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University. Ms. Toote performs on a Braun piccolo and a Brannen silver flute with a Louis Lot headjoint dating from the nineteenth century.
Flutist, composer, author, and educator Fernando Brandão has performed as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician, and soloist in his native Brazil and the U.S. Using concert, alto, and bass flutes and pífanos, he performs across an eclectic repertoire of traditional and contemporary Brazilian music styles, combining jazz improvisations with an authentic Brazilian sound. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has given many lectures about its music styles, history, and composers.
Wendy Rolfe is one of the United States’ leading performers on historical and modern flutes and Professor in the Woodwind Department at the Berklee College of Music. With pianist Deborah DeWolf Emery, she released "Images of Eve", featuring music written by women from across the globe, following "Images of Brazil” in 2006. She has toured the USA with a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms Rolfe was a Fulbright Program Senior Specialist, in residence at the Universidad de los Hemisferios in Quito, Ecuador.
Ms Rolfe performs, records and tours with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, New York’s Concert Royal, New York Collegium, Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Houston's Mercury, and holds the Piccolo chair in the Cape Symphony Orchestra. She was a Tanglewood Fellow, and has also performed at the Fromm, Waterloo, Monadnock, and Buzzards Bay Music Festivals, and the Boston Early Music and Connecticut Early Music Festivals. She performed and taught at international festivals in Brazil, Peru, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Finland. This week, she will return as guest artist and clinician at the “Perla del Pacifico Festival” in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has been a guest artist at the Festival en el Centro del Mundo in Quito, Ecuador for over ten years. She has also recorded for Disney and for Ken Burns for PBS.
Ms. Rolfe earned the D.M.A. and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music with Harvey Sollberger, where she focused on Contemporary and avant-garde techniques and repertoire, and also performed with the legendary Group for Contemporary Music. She earned the B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory with Robert Willoughby. In addition, she studied with the legendary Marcel Moyse, with Lois Schaefer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Janice Smith of the St. Louis Symphony. She has parformed in masterclasses with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Barthold Kuijken. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Flute Association, the Pappoutsakis Competition, and the Greater Boston Flute Association. Ms Rolfe is also Vice-President of Part-Time Faculty for the Berklee Faculty Union.
Katy Wherry is a flutist whose passion for varying genres of music has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with outstanding musicians, give performances and teach masterclasses around the globe. Katy has studied with distinguished flute players such as Sir James Galway, Christina Jennings, Brook Ferguson and Marina Piccinini.
In 2017 Katy was awarded the Galway Rising Star Award at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. She was the winner of a new Haynes head joint at the 2014 Galway Flute Festival. In 2016 she was the winner of the Marina Piccinini International Masterclass “Most Improved” award. In 2010, she was a winner in the University of Denver’s solo honors competition and also won first prize in the Lakewood Symphony Sister Cities Concerto Competition.
Katy has experience performing with multiple symphony orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the award winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and String Orchestra, and others.
Katy's passion for teaching has helped her to maintain a studio full of talented flutists, ranging in age from 8 years to 70 years. Katy is the founder of Etude of the Week, an online community focusing on artistic growth and support.
Ilona is a diverse artist and strong leader with her own voice. She holds both a Diploma in jazz/contemporary flute performance from Berklee College of Music, and also a Master of Music degree in classical flute performance from the Latvian Academy of Music.
For many years Ilona was a member and later the president of the Baltic American Society of New England in Boston, MA, where she managed and produced many successful concerts. Ilona served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an educator with more then 20 years of experience.
In addition to Ilona's CD “On The Bridge” and CD “Amber Flute Quartet”, her latest CD “Nothing But Illusion”, showcases her jazz flute style. Joining Ilona on flute, alto flute, piano and vocals are: Billy Hart, drums; Greg Hopkins, trumpet; Vardan Ovsepian, piano; Akili Jamal Haynes, bass; and Don Hunerberg, sound producer.
Originally from Carver, Massachusetts, Jolene Madewell is a flutist and teacher residing in Austin, Texas.
For the past decade, Jolene’s passion has been the study and application of somatic and self-awareness techniques to improve music performance. She was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire to complete a project entitled: The Balanced Flutist: A Study of the Benefits of Body Mapping on Flute Performance. Jolene has studied Body Mapping extensively with Lea Pearson, Vanessa Breault Mulvey, and Dr. Jenni Cook, and has attended the Biennial International Andover Educators Conference and numerous workshops related to performance health and awareness techniques. She is also a student of the Alexander Technique, studying with Steven Brennfleck.
Jolene has presented numerous master classes and workshops on holistic performance, flute fundamentals, and Texas region etudes. Most recently, she was a featured guest artist for the Texas Flute Society, presenting a master class and workshop at Brookhaven College entitled Effortless Playing Through Self Awareness.
Her private instruction integrates principles of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique to address performance anxiety and unlock natural, artistic expression. She maintains a private teaching studio online via Skype and Facetime, and in-person at her studio in Cedar Park, Texas, just north of Austin.
Jolene’s work has attracted a large online following, sharing inspiration through Instagram, YouTube, and her blog, Practice Room Revelations. She was recently published in The Flute View’s April 2019 issue, and has been featured in The Flute Examiner, Music Studio Startup Podcast, Passion Behind the Art Podcast, Breakthrough Music Podcast, and The Flute View. She was a member of a social media and entrepreneurship panel at the 2019 National Flute Association Convention in Salt Lake City.
Jolene has performed at National Flute Association and Florida Flute Association Conventions, and she has been privileged to perform in master classes throughout the nation with such renowned artists as Amy Porter, Ian Clarke, Bonita Boyd, Amy Likar, Liisa Ruoho, Judith Mendenhall, Tim Munro of Eighth Blackbird, Jean Ferrandis, Na'ama Lion, Aldo Baerten, Gary Schocker, baroque flutist Christopher Krueger, pianist Linda Mark, and harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El. She has enjoyed performing with the Tallahassee Composer's Orchestra, the Cinematic Symphony, the Central Texas Medical Orchestra, and the St. Edward's Symphony Orchestra. She has also studied baroque flute with Professor Eva Amsler and has performed with the Florida State Baroque Ensemble.
Jolene received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Florida State University, where she held a graduate teaching assistantship as a student of flute performance and pedagogy with Professor Eva Amsler. She performed as principal flutist of the FSU Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Winds, and Wind Orchestra, and performed as piccoloist on the orchestra's recording of Dohnanyi's Symphony No. 2 for the Naxos Recording Label. Prior, she received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of New Hampshire as a student of Peggy Vagts.
Jolene is proud to be a Beaumont Music Artist.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Lea Pearson has been saving musicians’ careers by helping them eliminate pain and recover their ability to play with joy & ease.
An international author and speaker, Dr. Lea is one of the country’s leading Body Mapping Specialists.
She is a sought-after trainer and speaker and has presented at more than 40 universities, military bases, conferences and conventions worldwide.
Playing in pain through much of her 40-year career as an orchestral performer and college teacher has uniquely positioned Dr. Lea to understand the struggles of injured musicians, to provide support for recovery, and to offer the specific strategies necessary to sustain a lifelong career in music.
She once took an anatomy dissection class just to see an actual diaphragm muscle - worth the whole course!
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Nicole Riccardo is a flutist, speaker, and educator currently living in Austin, Texas. She is the founder of a digital marketing agency, Nicole Riccardo Media, which specializes in helping other classical musicians create and grow their careers. In addition to her media agency, Nicole also offers digital courses and training programs to help other musicians learn how to effectively market themselves and create their own careers.
Nicole received her Master's & Bachelor's of Music in flute performance from Florida State University, where she held a graduate teaching assistantship. Nicole has performed as Principal Flute with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Ocala Symphony, and the Texas State University Opera. She has also performed with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Cirque Du Voix Orchestra with Circus Sarasota, the Albany Symphony, the Tallahassee Community Choir, and has been a featured soloist with the Anna Maria Island Orchestra.
In addition to her orchestral performances, Nicole has done guest artist residencies and speaking engagements at schools and festivals across the country, including Florida State University, the Austin Flute Festival, and upcoming at Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, the Texas Flute Society, and the University of Texas-Arlington.
As a chamber musician, Nicole previously founded and managed the Force Majeure Woodwind Quintet. While with Force Majeure, Nicole toured the Southeastern United States performing and giving masterclasses at various Colleges and Universities, including the University of Georgia and Mars Hill University. While executive director of this group, Nicole also secured a recording offer from the prestigious NAXOS record label.
Raised in Vergennes, Vermont, flutist Adam Workman moved to Boston in 1998 to pursue his love of music. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts where he studied with Marianne Gedigian, Jacques Zoon, and Linda Toote. He also received considerable guidance from Jonathan Landell, Court Gettel, Louis Moyse, Steven Finley, James Walker, and Paula Robison. Adam has appeared in orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout the country, and can be heard with the Boston-based Commonwealth Chamber Players and the Fensgate Chamber Players. His solo CD, “Tribute: Past, Present, Future” was released under the Azadmusico label.
Sought after as a teacher and coach, Adam has had students accepted at The Peabody Conservatory, The Yale University School of Music, The Longy School of Music, and The NYU School of Music. Formerly on faculty at the Boston Flute Academy, he has also coached the flutists of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and has taught masterclasses at Boston University College of Fine Arts, Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Georgia Athens, University of Missouri, University of Akron, Hartt School of Music, and The Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany, among others. Adam currently maintains a private studio at Flutistry Boston.
In addition to his artistic pursuits, Adam has held high-level roles at major companies in Boston including ViaCell, Inc, The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Biogen Idec, and was also Director of Classic and Amadeus Flutes at the Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company. With this unique background in both the creative and corporate worlds, Mr. Workman founded Muddy River Creative, an Arts Consulting firm, in 2004 (which later developed into Flutistry Boston). As such, he has made various contributions to the work of Marianne Gedigian, Paula Robison, Steven P. Finley, FluteFX, Charles Villarrubia, The Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company, Yesterday Service Music, The National Flute Association, The University of Texas at Austin, and SonyBMG Records. Adam has proudly served as a member of the Board of Directors for the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition since 2007.
Recognized for his repair skills by the Vermont Guild of Flute Making, Mr. Workman was trained in flute repair by master flutemakers Steven P. Finley (FluteFX and Wm. S. Haynes), Jonathan Landell, Muramatsu Flutes, Lillian Burkart, David and Joel Straubinger and is a Muramatsu & Straubinger Certified Repair Technician.
Dr. Eileen Yarrison was the first flutist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. (She also majored in German at University of New Hampshire and attended the Goethe-Institute in Blaubeuren, Germany.) Highlights of her teaching career include standing in for each of her teachers at her three collegiate alma maters while they went on sabbatical leaves, teaching and conducting at the Summer Youth Music School of UNH, and making a "standing-room only" pedagogical presentation at the 1996 National Flute Association convention. Eileen has performed in the flute sections of the Omaha and Lincoln Symphony Orchestras of Nebraska, the Altoona Symphony, Centre Country Chamber Orchestra, and Music at Penn's Woods Festival Orchestras of Pennsylvania. When not performing, she teaches flute to students of all ages, holding positions at Gordon College and the Hamilton-Wenham Elementary Music program. Since 1997, Eileen has led this ensemble of professional and semi-professional flutists in several world premieres, two commissions, and three CD recording projects, including Points of View and A Falls House Christmas.