Each year we are proud to present awards to festival participants immediately following the Grand Finale Concert on the last day of the festival. These awards include the prestigious Rising Star Award, which is given to the student who most exemplifies the Galway school of flute playing. We are thrilled to present Headjoint Awards, scholarships to future Galway Festivals and other various prizes that are graciously donated by our sponsors. Emanuel Flutes, Gemeinhardt Flutes, Lafin Headjoints, Mancke Piccolos/Adams European Flute Centre, Nagahara Flutes and Wm. S. Haynes Co. have each donated headjoints, flutes or instruments in previous years.
We are very grateful to the flute companies that donate these prizes and allow us the opportunity to try their wonderful instruments throughout our Festival!
Rising Stars 2016
STEPHEN CLARK was born in Glasgow, Scotland and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Royal Northern College of Music. Having spent 2008-2012 performing with the Orchestra of Glyndebourne Opera, Stephen now enjoys a busy solo career.
Concerts have taken him to 96 countries across 5 continents. In addition to engagements as a classical musician he has performed alongside popular music artists including Annie Lennox, Andrea Bocelli and pop band McFly. His playing can be heard on several movie soundtracks including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Kung Fu Panda 3. He has recorded for ClassicFM, Linn Records, Naxos and BBC. In 2015, Stephen was accepted into the Recording Academy of America and is now a voting member in the Grammys. He regularly performs on the world's most luxurious cruise liners and has been a headline performer for Cunard, Silversea, Regent, Holland America, Seabourn, Celebrity, Oceania and Crystal Cruise Lines.
Stephen is a European Altus Artist and plays on a flute made by the Altus flute company and on a Nagahara headjoint kindly awarded to him by Sir James and Lady Jeanne at the Galway Flute Festival 2016 where he was the recipient of the Rising Star Award.
Flutist Barbara Kortmann was born in Munich in 1985. She completed her studies with Andrea Lieberknecht and Felix Renggli in Hannover and Basel and at the Mozarteum with Michael Martin Kofler. Her concert debut at the age of 14 at Hamburg’s Laiszhalle was followed by an active concert career in Europe and the U.S., where she gave her American debut at Carnegie Hall in 2013.
With her vibrant presence, exceptional creative drive, and remarkable flute-playing skills, Barbara Kortmann has won national and international acclaim. She is the prizewinner of several competitions, including the International Music Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest, Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments, and Märkische Cultural Conference Competition – which she was the first flutist ever to win, earning her the prestigious 2010 Märkische Music Scholarship.
In 2012 she won first prize at the International Music Competition American Protégé, also winning the jury’s special prize and prize for the best performance of the whole competition. In 2015 she won first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition in Paris.
With her concert and radio recordings, together with her interviews, Barbara Kortmann has featured on nearly all the major German radio stations. In 2016 she was appointed instructor at the Hanover University of Music, where she leads her own flute class.
Her solo debut-album ‘Inner Lights’ will be released by the famous German label GENUIN in January 2017.
Previous rising star winners
Amalia Tortajada Zanón
Jade Bultitude, Niall O'Riordan, Albert Pae, Jessica Wilkes
Aslihan And, Katerina Bachevska
Marlene Verwey Cooper
previous headjoint/instrument winners
2016 - Stephen Clark, Amy Gillen, Valerie Henning, Axolile Hoza, Ingrid Neset, Lucas Martins Pedro, Robert de Vries
2015 - Elisabet Franch, Amy Gillen, Myles Roberts, Nkosana Gugulethu Soko, Niccolò Valerio
2014 - Adriana Ferreira, Niall O'Riordan, Ruta Vaytkute, Daniela Vilasi, Katy Wherry
2013 - Elisabet Franch, Marianna Zolnacz, Aleksandra Zvereva
2012 - Katerina Bachevska, Lorenzo Morrocchi, Niccolò Valerio, Luna Vigni
2011 - Aslihan And, Jade Bultitude, Klara Petrovich
2010 - Charlotte Bletton, Bobbi Blood, Lorenzo Gavanna, Ekaterina Nikitina
2009 - Merve Ablay, Jessica Wilkes
2008 - Vito Bergs, Rita D'Arcangelo, Marlene Verwey
2007 - Anna Stokes, Kristen Swain
© FOTO HANS EGGERMANN LUZERN