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
Flutist AMY GILLEN is now entering her fourth year of the BA in Music Performance in Flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying under Vourneen Ryan. She is currently Principal Flute of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Philharmonica and also deputises with the Ulster Orchestra and the RTÉ (Raidió Teilifis Éireann) Concert Orchestra.
In 2015, Amy won the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Woodwind and Brass Bursary for Ireland. This enabled her to attend her first Masterclasses with Sir James at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. Amy was also awarded the Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Award for the most promising musician under 21 at the Clandeboye Festival, Belfast. Amy has been on the Board Directors of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras since October 2015.
At the Sligo Feis Ceoil 2016, Amy was awarded the RTÉ Lyric FM Bursary and RTÉ Studio Recording, which was recorded and broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM in February 2017. Amy was awarded the Gaiety Bursary by the Royal Irish Academy of Music to attend the 2017 Galway Flute Festival. That year, Amy was awarded the Galway Rising Star Award, chosen by Sir James and also a 14k gold Nagahara Galway Headjoint.
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 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
Aslihan And, Katerina Bachevska
Marlene Verwey Cooper
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
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