Matthias Ziegler is one of the world’s most versatile and innovative flutists. He is committed both to the traditional literature for flute as well as to contemporary music and concepts that cross the boundaries between classical music and jazz. His performances take place in a vast range of contexts: he plays principal flute with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, has toured with the percussionist Pierre Favre and performed with the pianist George Gruntz as well as with the American contrabass player Mark Dresser. He is also a member of the ”Collegium Novum Zurich“, where he has worked with Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger and George Crumb.Concert tours have brought him to the US, Japan, Australia, South America and Israel
Ali Ryerson, who ranks among today’s top jazz flutists, grew up in a musical family. Her father, jazz guitarist Art Ryerson, played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, then became a top studio player in NYC. Ali has become an internationally renowned touring & recording artist and educator. Former NFA Jazz Chair, current Low Flutes Chair, founder of NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is Flute Professor at Sacred Heart University, and conducts master classes worldwide. Ryerson, a Hartt School of Music graduate, studied with Harold Bennett and John Wion, and is a Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes.
Peter Sheridan is a creative performer, educator and passionate supporter of new music whom has commissioned over one hundred works for the low flutes. A native of New York City, he studied at the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia Performing Arts), Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard Preparatory Division. Further graduate studies were undertaken at London Goldsmith’s College and the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Sheridan currently lives in Melbourne Australia, and is a active Teaching Associate for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music-Monash University, where he is director the University Flute Ensemble.
Japan Jazz Flute Big Band (JJFBB)
JJFBB has been formed by Yuko Hoshi (flutist) since 2015 as the first jazz flute big band in Japan. They play jazz standards and Japanese traditional songs that mixes jazz. JJFBB invited Ms. Ali Ryerson and had concerts and master classes in Tokyo in 2016.
Carla Rees is a British low flutes specialist who has gained an international reputation for her innovative work. She is Artistic Director of rarescale, Director of Tetractys Publishing and International Liaison Chair for the National Flute Association of America. She is Programme Leader for Music at the Open College of the Arts, teaches the flute at Royal Holloway University of London and has a PhD from the Royal College of Music. Carla plays Kingma System flutes, and has had several hundred works written for her. She performs as recitalist and chamber musician, writes articles and reviews for several of the world’s flute magazines and has recorded 13 CDs. www.carlarees.co.uk
Sophie Dufeutrelle is a Flutist, Flute Teacher, Composer, Conductor and founding member of “Pentagônes”, a flute sextet with whom she regularly plays. She has been teaching flute in the National School in Villeurbanne, France since 1981; she is also teacher training advisor for the Superior Conservatories of Music of Paris and Lyon. She is a regular guest artist at flute conventions (France -4 times-, USA/NFA, Norway, Germany, Great Britain/BFS), conservatories in France and Switzerland and Universities (DePauw University in Indiana, Split University in Croatia). She was President of the French Flute Association ‘La Traversière’ from 1986 to 1991, and was the Guest Conductor of ‘Orchestre de Flûtes du Rhône’ for 2007 to 2014.
Istanbul Flute Ensemble
The Istanbul Flute Ensemble (IFE) was established in 2015 by Ece Karsal, Ayla Uludere and Sebnem Usen. The ensemble is comprised of these three professors and their students from Mimar Sinan University, Marmara University and Yildiz University. The IFE repertoire covers a wide period of music ranging from Baroque to Modern compositions, including contemporary works from modern Turkish composers. The ensemble has so far performed world premiers of three contemporary Turkish pieces written for the flute chorus at The International Woodwind Festival held in Istanbul in 2016. The Istanbul Flute Ensemble will perform world premiers of modern Turkish compositions at the International Low Flutes Festival.
Suzanne Teng, M.Mus., is a flutist, recording artist, composer, educator and YAMAHA artist. She specializes in low flutes and world flutes and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings of her own compositions as well as having played on hundreds of recordings, film and television soundtracks and commercials. Her alto playing is featured on a Kleenex commercial and she appeared on the television show “Survivor” performing on bass flute.
The Los Angeles Times called her a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.” She is a recipient of the Los Angeles Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards and two-time winner of the Independent Music Awards. Suzanne teaches clinics around the country and as a recognized music educator, served on the panel for Music Education for the National Endowment for the Arts for three years. For more information see her website www.suzanneteng.com
Pamela De Sensi
Pamela is an italian-icelandic flutist. She has been very active in the icelandic music life, both as a performer and as organizer of musical activities. She has has also performed regularly in other countries, with emphasis on icelandic contemporary music for low flutes.