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Learn from the "Master of the Flute" in Weggis, Switzerland! Join us from 20-29 July 2018 for masterclasses, Guest Artists, concerts, ensembles, exhibitors, awards and much more. Sir James and Lady Galway invite you to join them for the 29th Annual Galway Flute Festival!


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 2017

amy gillen


Irish Flutist AMY GILLEN made her solo debut concerto performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, playing the Liebermann Flute Concerto, in April 2018. Amy will begin her Masters in Music Performance in Flute at the Royal College of Music in London in September 2018, as an RCM scholar having completed her Bachelor in Music Performance in Flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. 

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Amy has won numerous prizes, which include the Sir James Galway Rising Star Award and a 14K Gold Nagahara Head Joint at the 2017 Galway Flute Festival, Switzerland; the Flax Trust Bursary and the Audience Award at the Flax Trust Music Awards in Belfast in October 2017; the RTÉ Lyric FM Bursary and RTÉ Studio Recording at the 2016 Sligo Feis Ceoil; Yamaha Woodwind and Brass Bursary for Ireland in 2015 and the award for the most promising musician under 21 at the Clandeboye Music Festival in Belfast in 2015. Amy has also taken part in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme (2015-2017). 

Amy regularly deputises with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and has deputised with the Ulster Orchestra. Amy’s Rising Star Recital at the 2018 Galway Flute Festival is supported by Culture Ireland. 

lorenzo morrocchi


LORENZO MORROCHI was 8 years old when he was admitted to the Siena Conservatory, where he graduated with honors at age 16. He studied at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Maestro Andrea Oliva and at Accademia Musicale di Firenze with Maestro Mario Ancillotti. Lorenzo began his Bachelor Music degree at The Juilliard School in the fall of 2017 under the guidance of Robert Langevin.

From the age of 11, he won many prizes in both national and international competition such as Gazzelloni Competition, Premio Crescendo Città di Firenze, Concorso Città di Padova and Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition Salzburg. He has performed in Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence, Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and many other important venues. Since 2012 he has been an active participant in the class of Sir James Galway at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, where he was awarded with the Rising Star Prize in 2017.

In an interview, the Italian magazine Falaut described him as one of the most promising flute player of his generation.

katy wherry


KATY WHERRY is a flutist whose passion for varying genres of music has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with outstanding musicians and give performances around the globe. Katy has studied with distinguished flute players such as Sir James Galway, Brook Ferguson, Marina Piccinini, and recently received her Masters degree in Flute Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder under Christina Jennings. 

In 2017 Katy was awarded the Galway Rising Star Award at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. She was the winner of a new Haynes headjoint at the 2014 Galway Flute Festival. In 2016 she was the winner of the Marina Piccinini International Masterclass “Most Improved” award. In 2010, she was a winner in the University of Denver’s solo honors competition and also won first prize in the Lakewood Symphony Sister Cities Concerto Competition. 

Katy has experience performing with multiple symphony orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the award winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and String Orchestra, and others.

Previous rising star winners


Amy Gillen, Lorenzo Morrocchi, Katy Wherry


Stephen Clark, Barbara Kortmann


Amalia Tortajada Zanón


Jade Bultitude, Niall O'Riordan, Albert Pae, Jessica Wilkes


Elisabet Franch


Aslihan And, Katerina Bachevska


Marlene Verwey Cooper


Charlotte Bletton


Irina Stachinskaya

previous headjoint/instrument winners

2017 - Giulia Casa, Elsbeth Fager, Imogen Davey, Amy Gillen, Robin Graillot-Vuillecot, Caitlyn Lyerly, Amy-Jayne Milton

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