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Learn from the "Master of the Flute" in Weggis, Switzerland. Join us from 21-30 July 2017 for masterclasses, concerts, ensembles, exhibitors, awards and much more. Sir James and Lady Galway invite you to join them for the 28th Annual Galway Flute Festival!

Guest Artists

artist in residence - kersten mccall


The son of composer Brent McCall, the 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.

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ASLIHAN AND studied with Vieri Bottazzini at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory and received her Masters in Germany with Prof. Jürgen Franz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

She won first prize with her project in the “New Concert Themes” competition that was organized in Hamburg in 2014. She also won third prize in the 2nd National Cahit Koparal Flute Competition and first prize in the 10th International Mimar Sinan Young Musicians Competition. She was chosen for the "Teatime Classics" concert series that is established for young talents by the Elbphillarmonie, Hamburg and gave a recital at Laeiszhalle. In the 2013 Galway Flute Festival, she was awarded the "Rising Star Award" by Sir James Galway with whom she has studied with since 2006.

Aslihan appeared as a substitute flutist in North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (Northdeutscher Rundfunk), Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Cemal Reşit Rey İstanbul Symphony Orchestra, and Antalya State Symphony Orchestra.

Aslihan is solo flutist at the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra since May 2016 and she continues to give solo and chamber music concerts both at home and abroad. She is also currently teaching at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul. 

yossi arnheim

YOSSI ARNHEIM is Principal Flutist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and head of the wind programs at the Jerusalem Music Centre.  He is a frequent soloist with the Israel Philharmonic and other orchestras in Israel, and has performed as soloist and recitalist in the USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and the Ukraine.

Mr. Arnheim gives Master Classes for flute players all around the globe, and his career as an active chamber musician includes performances with world-renowned artists. He has released 12 recordings for international CD labels, which feature a variety of styles from Baroque to World Music.

Yossi Arnheim teaches at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He is also Music Director of the Haifa International Flute Competition.



Cuban-born ERNESTO FERNANDEZ is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Miami Dade College and Director of Bands at Rockway Middle School. He earned a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Performance with an emphasis in Music Business from the University of Miami. His dissertation provides a methodology for learning to play and improvise in the Cuban charanga style, examining the structural differences of the five-key flute and Boehm flute. 

A versatile musician skilled in both classical and Latin genres, Ernesto has performed in Italy, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Nicaragua, Toronto, Cleveland, New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, and New Orleans.

Ernesto Fernandez is endorsed by Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments, Inc. He is a regular clinician and performer at state and national flute conventions, and gives flute masterclasses throughout the United States. 

Ernesto currently serves as the Jazz Competitions Coordinator for the National Flute Association and maintains a balanced musical career as a performing artist and educator. His career objective is to guide and develop the artistic, intellectual, and professional growth of students while maintaining an active role as a performing artist in the community, state, and country.

andrea griminelli

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Solo flutist ANDREA GRIMINELLI has been acclaimed by the public and critics alike for his interpretive talents and exceptional technical abilities. He was cited by The New York Times in a list of “eight emerging artists of the ‘90s”.

Griminelli was awarded first place in the entrance exam for students at the Paris Conservatoire to attend the prestigious class held by the legendary Jean-Pierre Rampal. His studies with Rampal encouraged him to resign from his orchestra posts and his teaching position to initiate a career as a soloist. He studied with Sir James Galway, who referred to him “the greatest flute player to have come onto the musical scene in many years.” Galway also became a close friend and musical collaborator in the years that followed.

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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.


JULIETTE HUREL is known in both the French and the international music world as a famous flautist. She was unanimously awarded the first prize for flute and the first prize for chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and obtained prizes in different competitions such as those in Darmstadt, Kobé, Boekarest and the Jean-Pierre Rampal concours. In 2004 she was nominated for the “Discoveries of the year” in the “Victoires de la Musique Classique”.

Juliette is in much demand for chamber music and then performs beside musicians such as Gary Hoffman, Youri Bashmet, Schlomo Mintz, Marielle Normann, Jean-Guihen Queras,Stephen Kovachevich and the Wanderer trio.

As a soloist she can be regularly heard with l’Orchestre d’Auvergne, l’Orchestre de chambre de Toulouse, l’Orchestre de Bretagne, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, l’Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, “Les Siècles” and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Through her fondness for contemporary music she has had the opportunity to work with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Pascal Dusapin, Philippe Hersant and Eric Tanguy.

Since 1998 Juliette has been solo flautist with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, first conducted by Valery Gergiev and since 2008 conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

philipp jundt

PHILIPP JUNDT received his first flute lessons from Kiyoshi Kasai and Aurèle Nicolet, and has studied under both András Adorján and Jeanne Baxtresser. He completed his training in Munich with the distinguished Meisterklassenpodium, while completing his study of economics at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and Harvard University in Boston.

Philipp Jundt was the first solo flutist for the KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul and has also performed with the Munich Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic and Bavarian State Orchestra.

In the spring of 2015, Jundt went on an extended tour of Switzerland and Asia with the Neues Zürcher Orchester, playing Rodrigo’s “Pastoral” Flute Concerto at concerts in Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and a debut in the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In spring 2016 after a joint concert with the solo wind players of the Munich Philharmonic, he teamed up with Sir James Galway as the soloists in the Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra by Marco Hertenstein in Seoul.

Since 2008 Philipp Jundt has held a professorship for flute at the German School of Music Weimar, a joint endeavor of the Liszt School of Music Weimar and Kangnam University in Korea. He has been serving as the director of the Korean Flute Educators Association since 2012 and as President of the Swiss-Korean Cultural Association since 2016, which is devoted to the promotion of cooperation between Korean and Swiss artists.

Philipp Jundt plays an Albert Cooper flute.

nicola mazzanti

NICOLA MAZZANTI currently serves as Solo Piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, a position he has held since 1988. Many composers have written pieces for him for piccolo and piano or orchestral concerts. 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.

Mr. Mazzanti performs frequently as both a flute and piccolo soloist and in chamber ensembles in Italy and abroad. In his role of advocate for the piccolo as a solo voice, he has performed at the Vienna Flute Festival, National Flute Association Convention, International Convention of the British Flute Society, the First International Piccolo Symposium, Serbian Flute Festival, Iowa Piccolo Intensive, the First European Piccolo Festival in Slovenia, and several Italian Flute Conventions.  He has been invited by Sir James Galway to perform at his Festival in Weggis (Switzerland) every year since 2008.

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).

lorna mcghee

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Scottish-born LORNA MCGHEE was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. She has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Harnoncourt, and Muti.

Before immigrating to North America, Lorna was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has given concerto performances with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada; Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the USA. Career highlights include a performance of Penderecki's flute concerto under the baton of the composer in 2004 and a performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2014 with Yan Pascal Tortelier

 As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed in Europe, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, North America, Sri Lanka and India. Lorna studied with David Nicholson and William Bennett. She joined the flute faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh in 2015.

ali ryerson

With a career spanning over four decades, ALI RYERSON ranks among the top jazz flutists on the scene today. Born in 1952 in New York, Ali grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, a renowned jazz guitarist, got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and later became a top studio player in NYC, recording with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker; Sarah Vaughan to Frank Sinatra. Carrying on the family tradition, Ali has become an internationally renowned recording artist, having worked with jazz greats such as Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, Wynton Marsalis, and Stephane Grappelli, as well as classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra).

Former NFA Jazz Chair, current Low Flutes Chair, and Founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson remains active with the National Flute Association. Professor of Flute at Sacred Heart University, Ryerson conducts master classes worldwide, an online series through LessonFace, and has published her “Jazz Flute Pratice Method” and “Jazz Flute Masterclass” DVD. Ryerson, a graduate of the Hartt School of Music, studied with Harold Bennett and John Wion. Ali is a Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes.

irina stachinskaya

IRINA STACHINSKAYA was born in Moscow in 1989 to a family of distinguished musicians. In 2010, she graduated from the Russian Academy of Music ‘Gnessin’s’ where she studied with Professor Vladimir Kudrya.

Aged 16 years old, Irina won the position of Co-Principal Flute in the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. Prior to this appointment, she gained her first job as Principal Flute in the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra when she was only 14 years old.

She also maintains a busy schedule of solo and chamber music performances with a variety of programs in prestigious concert halls throughout Moscow. More recently, Irina participated in a concert with Davide Formisano and Cameristi della Scala in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. In 2009, her ensemble ‘KUI’ Trio (flute, harp, viola) was awarded the ‘Golden Trophy’ in the 2nd International Web Concert Hall Competition, New York - USA. Irina has also been the recipient of other prizes including 1st Prize in the “Classical Heritage” Competition, Moscow (2004) and 1st Prize in “Musicalia” Athens (2000).

She has repeatedly visited the Masterclass of Sir James Galway and in 2010 became the winner of the “Rising Star” Series prize awarded by Sir James Galway himself. In October 2011, Irina won 3rd prize in the 2nd Maxence Laurrieu Flute International competition in Nice.

paolo taballione

PAOLO TABALLIONE was born in Rome in 1981. After graduating from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with the highest honours while studying with Prof. G. Schiavone in 2001, he studied in Switzerland at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève with J. Zoon, where he obtained the “Diplôme de Solist” with unanimous approval in 2007. In addition to studying flute, he began studying piano and composition with M° F. Carotenuto in 1998, a discipline in which he graduated with honours at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in 2008.

He is the winner of numerous national and international solo competitions, including First Prize at the "V.Bucchi" International Competition for Music of the 20th and 21st Century for flute and piccolo in 2004 and First Prize by unanimous vote at the "D. Cimarosa" International Solo Competition with jury president M. Larrieu, in 2005.

From 2006 to 2008, Taballione served as principal flute in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra conducted by Z. Mehta and in 2008 he became the flute soloist of the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich. He has regularly been invited as Principal Flute by some of the most important European orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Zurich Opera House Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic. He is the Flute Professor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

matthias ziegler

MATTHIAS ZIEGLER is one of the world’s most versatile and innovative flutists. He is committed both to the traditional literature for flute as well as to contemporary music and concepts that cross the boundaries between classical music and jazz. Accordingly, his performances take place in a vast range of contexts: he plays principal flute with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, has toured with the percussionist Pierre Favre and performed with the pianist George Gruntz as well as with the American contrabass player Mark Dresser. He is also a member of the ”Collegium Novum Zurich“, where he has worked with Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger and George Crumb.

Concert tours have brought him to the US, Japan, Australia, South America and Israel. Many recordings on CD document his inclusive musical interests. Matthias Ziegler currently teaches at the Musikhochschule Winterthur Zurich.

Searching for new sounds he enormously broadened the expressive potential of the traditional flute and the electroacoustically amplified contrabass flute. Amplifying the flute allows him to increase the volume of the microsound structures of the flute to an audible level. Inspired by the new dimension of sounds of these instruments, composers such as Michael Jarrell from Switzerland, Benjamin Yusupov from Tadjikistan, Matthias Rüegg from the Vienna Art Orchestra and the American Mark Dresser wrote flute concertos for him.