Flavtistra 2016



Ana Domančić

Flute festival EuropeAna Domančić,

finished music school and gymnasium in the class of Prof. Branimir Bulovan. In 1976 she graduated at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of Croatian famous flute-player Tinka Muradori. She continued the studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart (Germany) in the class of Prof. Klaus Schochow and Prof. Aurèle Nicolet (Kűnstlerische Abschluß Prűfung) where she reached a Master’s Degree. With Fulbright’s Scholarship she continued her studies and received a Doctor´s Degree in Arts in the class of Prof. Julius Baker and Prof. Britton Johnson at the Peabody School of Music, at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA).

She was the first solo flute-piccolo player in the Opera and Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Split, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the first flute-piccolo player and concertmaster of the Croatian Navy Orchestra. She was acting as a pedagogue and concert performer in the Croatia and abroad (with orchestral and piano accompaniment, in different chamber ensembles, in duo with the harpist Mirjam Lučev and the percussion-player Ivana Bilić). She performed in the USA, Germany, Italy, France and Croatia. She has led numerous masterclasses for flute in Croatia, Italy, France, Syria, Israel, the UK and Greece. She has recorded for the Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) and for the Italian Radio and Television (RAI). She has recorded a CD with the works of French and Croatian composers, a CD with rarely performed works for the flute and harp, the entire opus for flute of Boris Papandopulo, works of Nino Mazzoni for flute and harp, flute and vibraphone and parts for flute and organ. Composers like Boris Porena, Boris Papandopulo, Anđelko Klobučar, Olja Jelaska, Petar Obradović and Igor Kuljerić dedicated to Ana Domančić many compositions. She is a Professor of Flute at the Instrumental Department for Music of the Academy of Arts at the University of Split where she lectures also Chamber Music. She has written the first textbook for University flute students in Croatia.


Karl-Heinz Schütz

Flute festival EuropeKarl-Heinz Schütz,

is Principal Solo Flute of Wiener Philharmoniker and therefor in the same position at the Wiener Staatsoper, having held the same position with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker for four years, and with the Wiener Symphoniker from 2005 to 2011. Born in Innsbruck and raised in Landeck, Tyrol, he received his musical education at the Landeskonservatorium in Vorarlberg with prof. Eva Amsler (where he went on to teach from 2000 to 2004), Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Lyon with Philippe Bernold, and with Aurèle Nicolet in Switzerland. He won first prizes at the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in 1998 and at the International Flute Competition Kraków in 1999.

He has performed as soloist across Europe and Japan, with performances of Mozart’s and Ibert’s flute concertos with Wiener Symphoniker in the Golden Hall of Musikverein in Vienna as recent highlights. Conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Yakov Kreizberg, Dmitri Kitajenko and Bertrand de Billy invited him to be the soloist in their concerts. Karl-Heinz Schütz is a passionate chamber musician and a member of various ensembles from baroque to contemporary. In 2013 he succeeded Wolfgang Schulz in the Ensemble Wien-Berlin and in the WIENER RING ENSEMBLE. He has appeared at international festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Graz, Montpellier, Rheingau, Sapporo and Prague, among others. Karl-Heinz Schütz is Professor of Flute at the Konservatorium (Privatuniversität) Wien and has held several guest professorships. He gives master-classes throughout Europe and is also an active recording artist, especially for CAMERATA TOKYO, where his Prokoffiev and Brahms CDs were released. With the Academy of St. Martin in the fields under Sir Neville Marriner a CD was published at CHANDOS, with the title: 20th centuries concerto grosso. He is artistic director at HORIZONTE Landeck.


Raphael Leone

Flute festival EuropeRaphael Leone,

received his musical training as a teacher in Basel, Switzerland, with Joseph Bopp. He went on to further his studies with, amongst others, the legendary Jean-Pierre Rampal, with Torkil Bye and Gottfried Hechtl. He began his career as an orchestra musician with the Basel Radio Symphony, going on to the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), the Durban Symphony in South Africa and in 1972 he joined the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has played chamber music throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. In 1988 he taught at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and since 1989 he has taught at the Vienna University for Music and the Performing arts.

In 1991 he founded the Austrian Flute Society “Österreichische Flötengesellschaft” to encourage the art of the flute particularly amongst young players. Regularly he gives master classes in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, very often specialising for piccolo - playing. As piccolo player in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra he gave many concerts as piccolo-soloist. He teaches master classes for piccolo regularly in Italy, Switzerland and Austria. The last big project - master classes were in Buenos Aires, Manila, Bangkok, Tokyo and Seoul, in Italy at the Conservatorio di Pesaro (3 times), Trieste, Senigaglia, Bolzano and Latina (Rome). To encourage flute players to take seriously the smallest orchestral instrument - is his mission wherever he arrives.


Matej Grahek (SLO)

Flute festival EuropeMatej Grahek,

is solo flutist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra since 1997. He is professor at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music since 1999, a year later he became an assistant professor at the Academy of Music Ljubljana. He completed upper studies at the Academy of music Ljubljana in the class of prof. Fedja Rupel. Matej Grahek improved his music knowledge at the Salzburg Mozarteum in the class of world-renowned flute player Irena Grafenauer. During his studies he won many awards, and in 2001 he was a finalist of the competition EBU in Bratislava. With wind quintet ArtVento in 2006 he ranked among the top eight quintets at the ARD International Competition in Munich.

As a solo flutist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra he has played under the baton of world-famed conductors: Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Sir Neville Marriner, Serge Baudo. As a soloist he performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Band RTV Slovenia and as one of the founders of the wind quintet ArtVento. Until now he has performed in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Japan, Oman and the United States as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups. He has participated during recording ten CDs (five of them he released as solo projects): in 2000 CD Opus di Jazz (ZKP RTV Slovenia) for which he received the award Golden cock, in 2003 solo project Night Birds with Big band RTV Slovenia (CCP), in 2005 CD with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2007 the CD for Slovenian Philharmonic woodwind trio (Slovenian Composers Society) in 2008 the CD with the Croatian guitarist Tvrtko Sarić (Aquarius Records Croatia publisher), the same year the CD with woodwind quintet ArtVento (German Whoopee Records) and in 2013 the CD of Mozart quartets for flute and string trio (RTV Slovenia).