Walker, Adam


At the forefront of a new generation of wind soloists, Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at the age of 21 and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes. In 2010 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society's Outstanding Young Artist Award.

An ambassador for the flute with a ferocious appetite for repertoire, Adam's recent concerto highlights include engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Seoul Philharmonic and the Malaysian Philharmonic. As a committed recitalist and chamber musician, recent highlights have taken Adam to the Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Luke's, De Singel, Musée du Louvre, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Delft, West Cork, Utrecht and Moritzburg Chamber Music Festivals.

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Michael Cox

Michael Cox is one of Britain’s foremost flute-players. Although born in England he spent his childhood in Africa. He studied music at the Zimbabwe College of Music and then the Royal College of Music in London. Early competitive successes led directly to a solo career that has included concerts and recordings in all continents and performances with major orchestras and conductors. As a chamber musician he has performed with many well known British quartets, quintets and ensembles (and worked alongside musicians of the ilk of James Galway and Murray Perahia) as well as being a member, at various times, of the Haffner and Albion wind ensembles, London Symphony Chamber Players and London Sinfonietta. An interest in a wider repertoire led to a concurrent orchestral career, first as co-principal with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and then as principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Britten Sinfonia. He now holds what he considers an ideal portfolio of tenures combining the principal flute chairs of a symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra and a contemporary music ensemble - namely the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta. Through this work he has worked with a great raft of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists. Also, his particular interest in contemporary music has meant that he has also worked, often closely, with composers such as Messiaen, Takemitsu, Dutilleux, Berio, Boulez, Tippett, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, Henze, Adams, Carter, Penderecki, Lutoslawski. A passionate and highly dedicated teacher Michael Cox is professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is sought after as a visiting consultant and by students worldwide. In addition he has also given his unique curricular flute course internationally, most recently at the Oxford Flute Course, UK, and in Adelaide, Australia. Michael Cox plays on Altus flutes and has recently become an Altus Artist.
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Morley, Ruth

Ruth Morley divides her time mainly between playing with Red Note Ensemble and teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also plays recitals with pianist Scott Mitchell and with Echo Chamber Ensemble, and teaches for Douglas Academy Music School. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, and has performed as a guest with various ensembles including the Edinburgh Quartet, Hebrides Ensemble and as concerto soloist with London Concertante.

Lamb, Eric


Austrian based flutist Eric Lamb is in demand internationally as a soloist, recitalist, concert curator and chamber musician. As an advocate for works of the 21st century, Eric has more than 200 world premiers to his credit. He continues to work closely with leading composers and conductors of our time while exploring new performance techniques and practices for the flute.

Eric performed extensively as a core member of the New York based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and is presently co-artistic director of the Vienna based ensemble paladino. He has been a guest with ensembles and orchestras throughout Germany, Holland and the UK and regularly curated musical happenings at Basel's Museum für Gegenwartskunst. A native of Detroit Michigan, Eric completed his music studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and perfected his education at both the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt am Main and the Sculoa di Musica di Fiesole, Italy. His primary teachers include Michel Debost, Thaddeus Watson, Chiara Tonelli and Vicens Prats.

Tachouet, Marie

Marie Tachouet is the Principal Flute of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed as principal flute with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Pittsburgh Opera orchestras and has also performed with the Pittsburgh and Oregon Symphony orchestras. Marie is on the flute faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and recently presented masterclasses at Depaul University, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, and Western Illinois University. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Marie has worked closely with composers including Charles Wuorinen, Elliot Carter, and John Zorn in varied venues such as the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and the Guggenheim. Praised by the New York Times for her “extraordinary agile” solo playing, she has also been a featured soloist with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Olympia (WA) Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Akron Symphony. Marie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, and Amy Porter.

Shaw, Joanna


As a chamber musician, flautist Joanna has appeared at King's Place, the Aix-en-Provence festival, Hampstead and Highgate Festival, Presteigne Festival Soloists, Dobris in the Czech republic and Villecroze, France, working with the oboist Maurice Bourgue, with whom she completed further study in Paris in 2004.

She has played for the orchestras of Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera as well as the chamber ensemble of Music Theatre Wales; in 2006 she was appointed principal flute with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

She studied at the University of Cambridge and then at the Royal Northern College of Music; she has been a recipient of awards including the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Scholarship, and the Pierre Boulez Scholarship of the Academie Europeenne de Musique d'Aix-en-Provence.

Joanna has been external examiner at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and is an ABRSM diplomas examiner. She has held teaching posts at the RWCMD and Bath Spa University. Her education work includes BBC Symphony Orchestra Education, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain outreach coaching and LSO Panufnik Young Composers's Workshops.

La Berge, Anne

La Berge

Anne La Berge's career as flautist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries. Her most recent performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing. Many of her compositions involve her own participation, though she has produced works intended solely for other performers, usually involving guided improvisation and text. In addition to creating her own work she regularly performs in other artists' projects in a range of settings from modern chamber music to improvised electronic music.

She can be heard on labels including  Largo, Etcetera and Hat Art, in recordings both as soloist and as a member of Ensemble Modern and other groups. Her CD 'speak' was released in the summer of 2011 on New World Records. Her music is published by Frog Peak Music (US) and by Donemus (NL). She is the co-director, with her husband David Dramm, of the VOLSAP Foundation that supports projects for composed and improvised music.

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Dobing, Duke

Duke Dobing made his début with the English Chamber Orchestra when he was eighteen and participated in a number of Aldeburgh Festival concerts and recordings conducted by Benjamin Britten. He was Principal Flute of the English Sinfonia and of the City of London Sinfonia, where he made over eighty CDs in 25 years. In 2000 he became the Orchestra’s Development Director, then Head of External Relations at Aldeburgh Music and is now Director of Development with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Ruffer, Nancy

Nancy Ruffer was born in Detroit and received a Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan. She received a Fullbright-Kays Scolarship in 1976 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and she has remained in London working as a freelance flautist specialising in contemporary music. Composers who have written for her include Michael Finnissy, Chris Dench, John White, Christopher Fox, Ian Wilson and Graham Fitkin. In 1984 she was awarded the Kranichsteiner Prize for Performance at Darmstadt and she was elected an Associate of the R.A.M. Nancy Ruffer is principal flute of the ensembles MusicProjects/London, Matrix, Almeida Ensemble and Topologies as well as performing with ensembles of the Royal National Theatre. In addition she records regularly for the BBC and performs in festivals and concert halls throughout Britain and abroad. In 1999 she toured Canada performing works by, among others, Ferneyhough and Dillon, and in 2002 she toured Georgia and Tennessee with pianist Helen Crayford, performing works by British and American composers.
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