2018 guest artists
marina piccinini - artist-in-residence
kersten mccall - assistant to sir james
Swedish flautist GÖRAN MARCUSSON worked as bricklayer and tram driver before devoting himself full time to music. He earned his soloist diploma at the University of Göteborg, School of Music 1992. In a masterclass 1988 in Göteborg, James Galway shared his plans of a flute seminar in Switzerland. The dream of studying for the master then came true during the many summers in the early 90s in Weggis. When the class for one year moved to Dublin, Göran was awarded a scholarship and a handmade crystal flute by the sponsor Waterford Crystal. When Galway shortly after toured Scandinavia he brought Göran to a Saturday night TV show for duets and a presentation of their flutes in platinum, gold, silver and the unique crystal flute. The mentorship was ground breaking for Göran and resulted in many albums, international prizes and concerts around the world.
Marcusson today holds a position in Göteborg Wind Orchestra besides giving concerts and masterclasses. In April 2018 he will tour USA for three weeks from Connecticut to California. In July he will return for his 21st season as resident artist at The Newport Music Festival, Rhode Island. In June he will give his annual masterclass for 14th consecutive year at Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina.
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).
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.