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Clare Southworth: Interview ‘Nov 16

Clare Southworth: Interview ‘Nov 16

Who were your main musical influences? I had two main influences outside my college life, which were William Bennett and Geoffrey Gilbert. I would meet up with them even year at the international summer school where I was a student at first, and then I taught on it...

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Katherine Baker: Interview Jun ’16

Katherine Baker: Interview Jun ’16

How did your musical journey begin? I went to the Royal Academy of Music with the intention of studying with William Bennett who had inspired me to apply there. For my first year I had lessons with his wife Michie who took me back to the basics of Taffanel &...

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Jim Walker: Interview May ’16

Jim Walker: Interview May ’16

What do you think makes a great orchestral player? It is impossible to separate most of those critical characteristics from those of a great soloist, chamber musician or session musician. The fundamentals are universal and without them, no musician can function at a...

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Claire Wickes: Interview Mar ’16 (Part 2)

Claire Wickes: Interview Mar ’16 (Part 2)

First Flute of the English National Opera: Part - 2 Advice for Students and Young Players As your studying and professional playing overlapped, what did you find to be the main differences between playing with student orchestras and professional orchestras?...

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Claire Wickes: Interview Feb ’16 (Part1)

Claire Wickes: Interview Feb ’16 (Part1)

First Flute of the English National Opera   What is your favourite opera that you have played so far and why? It’s very difficult to decide on a favourite; everything that I’ve played so far has had such different qualities and assets that to just...

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Othonas Gkogkas: Interview Jan ’16

Othonas Gkogkas: Interview Jan ’16

Principal Flute of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra   Who were your teachers, and who influenced you whilst you were studying? My first teacher was Thomas Georgiou and then Michael Cox, Kate Hill and Patricia Morris. I think I was lucky because my...

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Gareth McLearnon: Interview Dec ’15

Gareth McLearnon: Interview Dec ’15

You have a great portfolio career. Which part do you enjoy the most? Funnily enough - it’s not actually one thing that I enjoy the most - but rather it's the diversity of my career which I really value, and the variety of my professional life and experiences that...

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Olga Ivusheikova: Interview, Nov’ 15

Olga Ivusheikova: Interview, Nov’ 15

Teacher at the Moscow conservatoire and the Gnesis specialist music school   Who, out of all of your teachers, have influenced you the most? I had many teachers in my flute-playing life. I would consider my first teacher to be Vadim Abramovich Berezovsky, father...

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Ulla Miilmann: interview Oct, ’15

Ulla Miilmann: interview Oct, ’15

First Flute Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra "Great inspiration and knowledge has also come my way by working with my highly respected colleagues in the orchestra" Where did you study? I was very lucky with my first teacher who was the principal flute of the...

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Elizabeth Rowe: Interview Sep, ’15

Elizabeth Rowe: Interview Sep, ’15

Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Who, out of your teachers, has helped you the most with the the audition preparation for you first job in a professional orchestra and how? I learned something unique and important from each of my teachers, but by far...

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Denis Lupachev: Interview Aug, ’15

Denis Lupachev: Interview Aug, ’15

First flute of the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg I was very lucky to be in the orchestra during the renaissance of the theatre as we know it now. The orchestra was, just like the theatre, falling apart and it wasn’t until 1988 when Valery Gergiev took the...

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Michael Cox: Interview june, ’15 Part 2

Michael Cox: Interview june, ’15 Part 2

Which are your three favourite symphonies? It is incredibly hard to choose because I would choose all of the Bruckner symphonies, and all of Brahms’, a lot of Mozart and quite a lot of Mahler. You are asking me to select just three and I will not. I will choose five...

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Michael Cox: Interview May, ’15 Part 1

Michael Cox: Interview May, ’15 Part 1

Recently we have asked our Facebook fans, newsletter subscribers and website visitors to write questions to Michael Cox, our Artist-in-residence, on any flute related topics. We were overwhelmed with the response. Michael worked very hard to try and answer all of the...

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Hallfriour Olafsdottir: Interview April, ’15

Hallfriour Olafsdottir: Interview April, ’15

First flute of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra What route did your studies take you? I first studied the flute in Iceland, my home country, with the English born Principal flute of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Wilkinson. He advised me to go abroad to summer...

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Christopher Green: Interview March, ’15

Christopher Green: Interview March, ’15

Principal Piccolo of the Royal Opera House Orchestra (Covent Garden - London) In your opinion, what are the main differences between playing in a pit orchestra and a symphony orchestra? If someone had asked me this question eight years ago I would have said that there...

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Kuhlau’s Solo Flute music – CD by Stefano Parrino

Kuhlau’s Solo Flute music – CD by Stefano Parrino

Kuhlau was born into s family of musicians on 11th September 1786. He studied composition with Christian Freidrich Gottlieb Schwenke, an ex-student of C. P. E. Bach. In 1813 he fled to Denmark from the French occupation of Germany, where he became the ‘Kings Chamber...

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Wissam Boustany: Interview Feb, ’15 – (Part 2)

Wissam Boustany: Interview Feb, ’15 – (Part 2)

You do a lot of touring/travelling, teaching, rehearsing. How do you practice to keep in shape? Discipline is KEY. But my understanding of the word ‘discipline’ is very different to the common interpretation of the word. Discipline to me means ‘to...

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Wissam Boustany: Interview Jan, ’15 – (Part 1)

Wissam Boustany: Interview Jan, ’15 – (Part 1)

How did your studies prepare you for the orchestral world? The honest answer would have to be: My studies didn’t prepare me, which was certainly, at least partly my fault. But I also happen to believe that no educational institution should claim to be able to fully...

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