Flute festival EuropeJasmine Choi

"The goddess of flute"- Korea Times

"Jasmine Choi is a revisionist"- Philadelphia Inquirer

Jasmine Choi performed across the globe in a variety of genres from classical solo, chamber, and orchestral to experimental, jazz, and pop. Her infinite curiosity has also led her to make her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, as well as performing world premieres of works composed by Daniel Dorff, Detlev Glanert, Texu Kim, Gary Schocker and Uriel Vanchestein. She was selected as one of the ten best flutists in the history of music by Sinfini Magazine UK in 2015. Jasmine Choi is a full-time soloist giving almost 100 concerts each season.
Before her full-time career as a soloist started, Ms. Choi was the first Korean musician to hold a post in Vienna Symphony Orchestra when she joined as principal flute under Fabio Luisi, as well as the first Korean woodwind musician in the US when she joined Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Jarvi. Ms. Choi performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Seoul Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, as well as at recitals in Paris, Vienna, London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Ms. Choi's performance featured during the 2018 Winter Olympics' celebrations in Pyeongchang, Korea. Ms. Choi studied at the Curtis Institute and at Juilliard as a student of Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label, including Mozart Flute Concertos, Fantasy, Claude Bolling Jazz Suite, Mozart Flute Quartets. Other recordings include Telemann Fantasies, Love in Paris and Trio Joy. Her performances can be heard on her YouTube channel which has reached more than 5 million views. In 2016 she was named for Cultural Ambassador of her hometown Daejeon, Korea.




Flute festival EuropeEtni Molletones

Etni Molletones is Flute Soloist of Staatskapelle Karlsruhe symphonic orchestra and Miyazawa´s International Artist. He is a flute-player from Venezuela, who is currently studying at the Musikhochschule of Freiburg in the class of Prof. Mario Caroli. Upon his arrival in Europe he has already won prizes at numerous international competitions such as: International Flute Competition "Jeune Flûtiste" in Paris-France (1st prize); International Flute Competition "Concours Artistique" in Epinal-France (1st prize); International Flute Competition "Dinu Lipatti" in Bucharest-Romania (1st prize); International Flute Competition "Domenico Cimarosa" in Aversa-Italy (1st prize); International Music Competition in Berlin (Golden Prize). Etni was awarded with the "Pierre Pfimlin" prize in the city of Strasbourg, as the best student in chamber music and flute.

He participated at important festivals such as: "Hands on Research" in Aveiro-Portugal, "Flautissimo" in Rome-Italy, and The Nederlands Fluit Genootschap in Holland. Etni comes from being first Flute of the prestigious Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He had the opportunity to play under the baton of important conductors such as: Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir. Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Frühbeck de Burgos, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel with whom he had numerous international tours playing in prestigious venues such as: Philharmonie in Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Theater Alla Scala in Milan, KKL Luzern, Royal Albert Concert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others. As a soloist he has played with orchestras such as: Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Camera Cittá di Fondi, Yaracuy Symphony Orchestra, among others. At the moment he is involved in the process to prefect with Prof. Mario Caroli who makes up the board of directors of the Cultural and Educational Musical Foundation for Human Development "OPUS sounds and life", a non-profit organization through which he makes an important musical and social contribution for the young musicians of his country.




Flute festival EuropeMario Caroli

"A musician whose possibilities are boundless." - Le Monde de la Musique

"He made a sound you wanted to drink in." - New York Times

Mario Caroli was born in Italy. He started studying the flute at the age of 14 and got his soloist diploma when he was only 19 years old. While he was studying with Annamaria Morini was influenced by Manuela Wiesler. At the age of 22 he won the prestigious "Kranichsteiner Musikpreis" in Darmstadt and started a highly successful career as a solo flutist. Today is Mario one of the leading solo flutists highly respected all over the world. Mario Caroli appears regularly in the greatest concert halls of the world including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Strasbourg, the Suntory Hall and Opera City House in Tokyo, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
At the occasion of one of his recitals at the Société Philarmonique of Bruxelles, a critic remarked: "the audience was literally amazed by his technique, his power, his poetry and his musicality", whereas his first recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris was called to be "of an amazing evocative power". Mario Caroli performed with orchestras such as London Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre National de Belgique, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sofia Soloists, Icelandic National Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Christian Badea, Kazushi Ono and so on. Going beyond the great canon of the historical flute repertoire, Mario Caroli became a preferred soloist of some today´s greatest composers such as Sciarrino, Rotaru, Hosokawa, Saariaho, who have written some extraordinary pieces for him. His discography contains approximately twenty titles. Mario gives masterclasses all over the world and he is the tituar of the flute chair at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg.





Flute festival EuropeMatej Zupan

Matej Zupan is a flute Professor at the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana. He started playing flute at Music School Zagorje ob Savi. His first teacher was a multi-instrumentalist Ivan Jerin. At Secondary Music School in Ljubljana his teacher was prof. Jože Pogačnik. He completed his graduation and post graduate studies at the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana under Professor Fedja Rupel. Matej Zupan completed advanced studies in Florence, Italy with Mario Ancillotti. Matej attended masterclasses led by Trevor Wye, Michel Debost, Peter-Lukas Graf and James Galway. From 1996 to 2008 Matej Zupan was the principal flutist of the Slovenian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the ARIART Woodwind Quintet, the Academia Ars Musicae Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble MD7 and Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Slovenian Composers Society).
As a soloist and member of various chamber ensembles he performed in Europe, North and South America and Asia. He recorded for Slovene Radio and TV, RAI and ÖRF. He recorded five solo CDs and six CDs with two ensembles: Woodwind Quintet Ariart and Contemporary Music Ensemble MD7. Matej Zupan led seminars for Flute in Slovenia, Croatia, England, Austria, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Luxembourg, Brazil and the USA. He was a member of jury at different national and international competitions in Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the USA.