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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!

Guest Artists

2018 guest artists

marina piccinini - artist-in-residence

kersten mccall - assistant to sir james


marina piccinini - artist-in-residence


A daring artist with diverse musical interests, flutist MARINA PICCININI is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.

Well-known for her commitment to new music and her history of first performances and commissions by some of today’s foremost living composers, as well as performances with orchestras worldwide, Ms. Piccinini recently performed the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for her, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the world premiere of Kernis’ Airin the version for flute and orchestra with the Korean Chamber Orchestra at Korea’s Seoul Arts Center.

An active recording artist on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, Ms. Piccinini’s latest CD is of her own arrangements of the Paganini Caprices for Avie. This season she records the Kernis Flute Concerto with conductor Leonard Slatkin for Naxos.

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Piccinini is the first flutist to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Her career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada.

Marina Piccinini received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, under legendary flutist Julius Baker, and also worked with flutists Aurèle Nicolet and Jeanne Baxtresser.



In September 2017, SILVIA CAREDDU took up a prestigious appointment as Principal Flute of the Wiener Staatsoper/Wiener Philharmoniker.  She is presently based in Vienna where in 2016 she also became a founding member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien, supported by the Alban Berg Foundation.

Silvia Careddu was born in Cagliari. She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, where she graduated with distinction. She studied with renowned flautists such as Aurèle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Florence Souchard, Riccardo Ghiani and Raymond Guiot. 

She made an auspicious start to her career by winning unanimously the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Concours International de Genève.  Following the award, Lorin Maazel invited Silvia to become Principal Flute for his newly founded Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, based in Parma. She later has held the same position at the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, became artistic partner of the Kammerakademie Potsdam and joined the Wiener Symphoniker from 2015 until 2017 as Principal Flute.

Silvia has also been guest Principal Flautist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She teaches at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin and gives flute masterclasses in Europe and Asia.


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MICHAEL COX is Principal Flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta, professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music and artistic director of the flute website “Principal Chairs” for whom he has recorded and discussed all main orchestral solos. As a soloist he has appeared many times in the BBC Proms, in the main London halls and, further afield, in all continents.

Having previously held Principal Flute tenures with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Britten Sinfonia, Michael Cox now relishes the wonderful variety of belonging to symphony, chamber orchestra & avant garde ensembles of international renown in combination with travelling as a soloist and teacher. Recent highlights as a soloist include the posthumous world premiere of a work for alto flute, mezzo soprano and orchestra by John Tavener in the Royal Albert Hall, the UK premiere of a concerto by Finnish composer Lotta Wennakoski, the world premiere of a piccolo concerto written for him by Simon Holt, three tours to Australia and a tour & recordings in the USA of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto 4 & 5 alongside the legendary pianist Murray Perahia.



ADRIANA FERREIRA has been recently appointed Principal Flute of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She holds the position of Co-Principal Flute at the Orchestre National de France since 2012; and for one year, she was Principal Flute of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2010, Adriana won the 1st Prize and two special Prizes at the Carl Nielsen International Competition. In 2013, she was awarded 3rd Prize at the Kobe International Competition, before obtaining 1st Prize of the Severino Gazzelloni Competition in 2014. Finally, she won the Geneva Competition (joint 2nd Prize, the 1st Prize was not attributed), where she was also honoured by the Coup de Cœur Breguet Prize.

As a duet with pianist Isolda Crespi, she published in 2011 the CD Danse des Sylphes with Numerica in Portugal, followed by a CD for the Falaut collection in Italy. Recently, she released a CD as a soloist with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, for the label Claves. 

Born in Portugal in 1990, she studied at the Artave Music School with Joaquina Mota. Laureate of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, she joined then the class of Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire. She also studied with Benoît Fromanger at the Berlin Hochschüle Hanns Eisler, attended the Sir James Galway class in Weggis, and holds a Musicology Bachelor Degree from the Paris-Sorbonne University.



SHENGQI HE, graduate professor of flute at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and flute discipline Chair Professor at Shanghai Music Institute, is known as the leading flute figure in China and across the world as the most influential and widely recognized Chinese flutist.

He has been invited for a second trip to Switzerland for a recital and masterclass in the world's most important Galway Flute Festival. Shengqi He has a long history of friendship with Sir James Galway, Emmanuel Pahud and other flute masters in the world.

Having taught flute for more than 30 years, He’s students perform all over the world. Performing flute on the stage for more than 30 years, He is renowned both at home and abroad. He is a pioneer of the flute art field in China, holding a series of influential flute activities, achieving many memorable flute moments and thrilling performances in China. He has shared a unique contribution in promoting flute popularity, professionalism and international recognition in China. He contributes a unique concept in flute discipline research and craftsmanship in flute art development.

He’s flute teaching lessons were chosen as a key subject by China Shanghai Municipal Government.



The Swiss flutist, STEFAN KELLER plays cool grooves and soundscapes on his flutes. As a musician, composer and sound designer, he creates his own musical world between Baroque, Classic, Avant-garde and Jazz, called FLUTE TRENDS by Stefan Keller. He has found a unique language on his different flutes, from quartertone-alto, quartertone-bass to contrabass and subcontrabass flutes. Keller has won several prizes for his work and special projects like "under water", "Klang-Schloss-Hallwyl", "Factory", "Carpenter", etc.

Keller has composed different solo pieces such as "4 Elements", "Worldtour", "Shakuachi", a flute concerto titled "Kingali", books with practical exercises, such as "Improve it!”, "All you need" and etudes titled "Palette", which focuses on modern flute techniques.

Stefan Keller is project manager of "FLAUTANDO" in Boswil, Switzerland, which organizes international flute events at this unique place. He runs his own Flute Atelier with lessons, workshops and concerts.

francesco loi

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FRANCESCO LOI is the Principal Flute of the Carlo Felice Theater Orchestra in Genova and was also Principal Flute of the National Sinfonic Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Teatro Alla Scala of Milan.

After receiving his diploma with highest marks at the Conservatory of Cagliari, in the class of Salvatore Saddi, he studied first in Imola with Massimo Mercelli and then at the Superior Conservatory of Geneva with Maxence Larrieu, where he obtained the Premier Prix de Virtuositè with Distinction. At that time, he was selected and joined the Italian Youth Orchestra, where he learned the orchestral discipline with directors such as Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Carlo Maria Giulini.

Loi has played with important orchestras such as Solisti Aquilani, Deutchekammervirtuosen, Carlo Felice Orchestra of Genova and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has performed at important international festivals such as Emilia Romagna Festival, Ravenna Festival, Gli Amici della Musica of Florence, Festival of Erl in Austria, Gonjiam Festival in Seoul, Falaut Festival and the Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland.

He currently teaches graduate studies at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” of Milan and has given masterclasses at the Senzoku University of Tokyo, Gonjiam Festival in Seoul and the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, by invitation of Davide Formissano.

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NICOLA MAZZANTI currently serves as Solo Piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, a position he has held since 1988.  As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as “I Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Florence Symphony Orchestra and Akronos of Prato.

Since 2001, Mr. Mazzanti has held annual piccolo courses at the “MusicArea” Association in Florence and at the Italian Flute Academy in Rome. He currently teaches piccolo at the Hochshule in Luzern, the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano and the Conservatorio “Verdi” in Milano.  He has released three solo CD's and his web site is a regular destination for dedicated piccolo players. His book "The Mazzanti Method" for piccolo, published in 2014 by Theodore Presser, has been welcomed as a milestone in the teaching of this instrument.

Mr. Mazzanti is a 1982 graduate of the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence, where he studied with Sergio Giambi. He later took lessons or participated in masterclasses given by Sir James Galway, Aurèle Nicolet, Raymond Guiot, Emmanuel Pahud and Mario Ancillotti. In 1986, he earned an additional degree in Music History With Honors from D.A.M.S. (University of Arts and Music).

kersten mccall


German flautist KERSTEN MCCALL grew up in Donaueschingen, where the Donaueschingen Festival for contemporary music is still held every October. It was in this rich musical environment that McCall took up the flute at the age of nine. He later studied with Felix Renggli at the Schaffhausen Conservatory in Basle and with Renate Greiss and Aurèle Nicolet at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik. McCall won first prize at the 1997 Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan and third prize at the 2000 ARD International Music Competition.

McCall served as principal flautist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, also having played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed principal flautist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in November 2005. McCall is Professor of Flute at Amsterdam Conservatory.

Julie Stewart-Lafin

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Scottish-born JULIE STEWART-LAFIN has played principal flute with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra since 2002. She has also performed as guest principal with various other orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic orchestra, the Radio Orchestra of Saarbrücken, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and with the orchestra of La Scala, Milan.  Since her soloist debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1997, Julie enjoys an extensive and varied musical life giving solo recitals and chamber music around Europe. 

Performances with the Achord Quintett, ensemble Villa Musica and Ensemble 94 have allowed her to develop a keen interest in the field of chamber music, where she has performed both as a flautist and pianist. She studied with Paul-Edmund Davies and Averil Williams at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she was awarded the Guildhall school prize for woodwind, the Yamaha prize for woodwind and the Charles Leggat prize for flute. She later continued her studies in Germany with Jean-Claude Gerard and Sir James Galway.