HAN GUOLIANG (China) has been described as “one of the most prominent flutists in the world.” He graduated from the Central Conservatory School of Music in Beijing, studying under Wang Yongxin. In 1988 he won a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at the Boston University School for the Arts. After graduating, he was involved with many American orchestras, winning prizes in several national and international flute competitions. He has studied under the famous flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, among other world-class teachers.
In recent years, Han Guoliang has performed in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. With the China National Symphonic Orchestra, he has performed with world-class masters such as Charles Dutoit, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, Li Delun, and others, both in China and abroad.
Over the last 20 years he has recorded many outstanding records and worked with several famous modern Chinese composers. Han Guoliang is currently a flute professor at the Central Conservatory of Music and the principal flutist of the China National Symphonic Orchestra. He is also President of the China Flute Association.
LJUBIŠA JOVANOVIĆ (Serbia) has acquired his Bachelor’s and MA degrees in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Professor Miodrag Azanjac and had the advance training with the Professor Christian Lardé in Paris where he received the Diplome Superieur de Concertiste, in 1983, at L’Ecole Normale Superieur de Musique de Paris. After that, he has established a long-term cooperation with Aurele Nicolet. Ljubiša Jovanović has performed at all significant festivals in former Yugoslavia as well as in France, Switzerland, China, Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia, Romania, Great Britain, Algeria, Finland, Denmark, Ukraine, South Africa, Norway and Argentine.
Ljubiša Jovanović has won the First Prize for interpretation at the “International Composer’s Revue” (1992 and 1998), the “Golden Link” award (“Zlatni Beočug”) for the artistic achievements in 1992, “Annual Award of the of Serbian Musical Artists Association” (1992), and the “Award of the Belgrade Cultural Fund” for the best concerts in Belgrade in 1987,1989, 1991 and 1992. He has also received the “Gold Medal” awarded in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (1998) and “Silver medal of the University of Art” for his merits in improvement of teaching process (2000), as well as the “April Reward of the City of Belgrade” for 2008 and 2013. He has been awarded the highest educational recognition “St. Sava National Award” for his special contribution to the development of educational process in Republic of Serbia in 2009. He has held master classes in Germany, Argentina, Italy, Ukraine, Norway, China, South Africa, Romania, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Some of the most prominent flute players of our times have performed with Ljubiša Jovanović – Aurele Nicolet, Irena Grafenauer, Emmanuel Pahud, Michel Debost, Christian Lardé. His recordings are stored on more than 50 CDs. During 30 years of his artistic activities, he has had more than 80 premiere performances of solo and chamber compositions of Serbian authors.
Ljubiša Jovanović has worked as a Solo flutist at the Belgrade Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1978-88), Serbian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra (1988-89) and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (1989-2004). He is Professor of flute at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade since 1993. He has the same title since 1996-2014 at the Music Accademy at the Montenegro University. From 2002 until 2009, he was a Vice Dean for Artistic and Science work at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade. He is the founder and the president of “Camerata Serbica Orchestra” founded in 2004. Since 2010 he is the artistic leader and a conductor of the “Lola Classic” ensembles. Ljubiša Jovanović is author and president/director of BUNT Festival in Belgrade.
Ljubiša Jovanović is playing on 14k golden flute with silver mechanic made by WM.S.HAYNES.
ERIC LAMB (USA) is in demand internationally as a soloist, recitalist, concert curator, and chamber musician. Eric completed his musical studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Michel Debost. He then continued at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt am Main with Thaddeus Watson and later on at the Sculoa di Musica di Fiesole, Italy with Chiara Tonelli.
Eric has performed with a long list of the world’s most important orchestras and ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, ASKO Schoenberg Ensemble, and Radio Orchestra Frankfurt and has been invited to perform at festivals in Darmstadt, Graz, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Acht Brücken in Cologne, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Heidelberg Spring Music Festival, and the Bucharest Festival for New Music, to name but a few. His chamber music partners include some of Europe’s most celebrated vocalists, instrumentalists, and artists. Until 2013, he was the solo flutist of the International Contemporary Ensemble – ICE. Eric is currently the solo flutist of Ensemble Reconsil (Vienna), Chineke! Orchestra London, and is the artistic director of the ensemble Paladino – Wien.
Over the last decade, Eric has premiered more than 200 works and has worked closely with composers John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, George Lewis, Marc-Andres Dalbavie, HK Gruber, Matthias Pintscher, Reinbert de Leeuw, Michel van der Aa, Nico Muhly, and Ben Foskett, as well as with conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Vladamir Ashkenazy, Ludovic Morlot, Pablo Heras-Casado, Steve Schick, Susanna Mälkki, and Pierre Laurent-Aimard. As a recording artist, his discography as a soloist and chamber musician is ever growing. He has recorded over 15 CDs for various labels, including Kairos, Paladino, SONY, NMC, Mode, New Amsterdam, NAXOS, Bridge, and Nonesuch. His repertoire has expanded into being one of the widest of his generation – from Bach, Mozart and Schubert to Xenakis, Jason Eckhardt and the electro-pop group, Passion Pit. Lamb continues to be a much sought-after pedagogue and is regularly invited to present workshops, master classes, and lectures throughout Europe and the US.
Early in his career, Eric Lamb was a recipient of the Millennium Young Artists’ Award from the James Tatum Foundation of the Arts, the National John Philip Sousa Award, and the Dean’s Talent Scholarship from Oberlin College. He was a finalist at the International Music Competition Pacem in Terris (Bayreuth, Germany) and won first prize in the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Chamber Music Competition, as well as first prize in the Lenzewski Music Competition, followed later that year with first prize in the German Academic Exchange Performing Arts Competition (DAAD). Eric is an Altus performing artist and lives in Vienna
LAURA LEVAI AKSIN (Serbia) was born in Subotica. She graduated and completed her master’s studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the studio of Professor Marijan Egić. She continued her studies in Paris in the class of Professor Claude Lefebvre and Professor Patrick Gallois. She further enriched her knowledge by attending numerous master classes held by renowned soloists and pedagogues.
She has received a number of first and special prizes at competitions in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. She was a Laureate title winner of the Young Yugoslav Music Artists Competition in Zagreb, and a first prize winner for the interpretation of contemporary music at the International Review of Composers in Belgrade.
She has performed as a soloist with a number of symphonic and chamber orchestras in the country and abroad. She has held a number of recitals in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Greece, and Israel.
She has taken part in a number of prestigious festivals: NOMUS (Serbia). Zagreb bienalle (Croatia), Opatija Music Festival (Croatia), Music Festivities in Subotica and Sombor (Serbia), Summer Festival in Herceg Novi (Montenegro), Theatre City Budva (Montenegro), Belgrade Flute Fest (Serbia), BELEF (Serbia), Europhonia in Zagreb (Croatia), Sabato Serra in Torino (Italy), Kotor Art Festival (Montenegro), Parisian Fall (France), Berlin Modern Art Festival (Germany), European Avant-garde Festival in Lepzig (Germany), Festival d’Avignon (France), Bekesi Flute Festival (Hungary), Festivals in Patras and Afitos (Greece).
Laura Levai Aksin is solo flutist of Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra. She has served as a solo flutist in the Opera Orchestra of the Serbian National Theatre, The Chamber Orchestra Camerata Academica in Novi Sad, as well as of the ensemble for new music Musica Viva. During her stay in France, she acted as a member of the Formatio and Theatre Jel ensembles, as well as the Orlean Flute Orchestra.
She is a member of the flute trio Density and the wind quintet Synergia 5. For the last three decades, Laura has been cooperating with pianist Iris Kobal.
She has made recordings for a number of radio and TV stations in the region, including Hungarian TV, Czech TV, RTV Dortmund and RAI. The publishing houses Recommended Records from London, EOS from Graz, and Visio Mundi and SKC from Novi Sad have published compact discs of her performances.
She is currently teaching flute as a full professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. She has given a large number of master classes and served as a jury member at numerous domestic and international competitions and festivals.
JASNA MARKOVIĆ VUJANOVIĆ (Serbia) was born in Tuzla (Bosnia) in 1973, where she began her music education. As a student, she took part in numerous competitions, winning top prizes at regional and state levels, both as a soloist and as a member of various chamber ensembles. Upon participating at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad Summer Master Classes, she enrolled in her freshmen year of undergraduate studies in Flute before completing her high school education, following the invitation of her future teacher, Professor Marijan Egić. During and after completion of her studies, she has actively taken part in activities of the Hungarian Flute Association in Sopron (Hungary), and has been involved in numerous master classes led by renowned flutists such as Renate Greiss-Armin, Peter-Lukas Graf, Sophie Cherrier, Janos Balint, Ittzes Gergely, Milena Lipovšek, and Nataša Marić, among others.
She has been employed at Isidor Bajić Music School since the third year of her Academy studies. It is not only the number of prizes won by her pupils that serves as confirmation of her pedagogical achievements, but also the invitations to act as a jury member at over fifteen competitions in Serbia, as well as her receiving recognition as the Most Successful Pedagogue at the International Chamber Music Competition in Balassagyarmat, Hungary in 1995.
In 2015, she received an Award for Continued Success in Pedagogical Achievement given by The Association of the Ballet and Music Schools of Serbia. This same year she became the chair of the wind department at Isidor Bajić Music School. Since the establishment of the Anton Eberst Competiton, she has been actively engaged in its realization as a member of the Artistic Committee.
In serving as the Vojvodina Flute Committee President from October 2006 until 2014, she organized a number of master classes led by Gergely Ittzes and Janos Balint. She is also the author and the organizer of five seminars entitled The Weekend of Open Doors, attended by colleagues from nearly every school in Vojvodina. Two of these seminars were accredited by the national Institute for Advancement in Educational Development. In 2013, she led professional summit at Sremska Mitrovica, also recommended by the national Institute for Advancement in Educational Development.
In 2003, she founded chamber trio Anima, with whom she has performed to high critical acclaim on many occasions, including at the International Harp Festival and at the manifestation Novi Sad Summer. She has also performed as a member of the MaesTre and Da Camera chamber ensembles.
Her students continuous involvement in all flute competitions in Serbia since 1995 has resulted in over 70 prizes. Many professional clarinetists, flutists, and musicologists have taken their first music steps in her studio. She has also translated numerous books from her field for internal usage.
RADMILA RAKIN MARTINOVIĆ (Serbia) graduated from the Novi Sad Academy of Arts in 1984, and obtained her MA in Flute at the same institution in 1987, with Professor Marijan Egić. Her performance was perfected with Bruno Cavallo. As one of the best students, she participated in numerous competitions and won many awards and prizes, including a total of 16 first prizes. She performed as a soloist and chamber musician (in Duo and with Flute Trio Density). She took part in the most significant music events in former Yugoslavia and performed as a soloist with a great number of orchestras. She has made recordings for numerous radio and TV stations and recorded a CD produced by “EOS” from Graz (Austria).
Her engagement in teaching commenced at the second year of her university studies, in 1981, when she became a flute teacher with the Isidor Bajić Music School in Novi Sad. She is a member of all national flute juries, as well as a member of the international jury at the Petar Konjovic Competition in Belgrade. She has worked as a professor at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts for the subjects Flute Teaching Methods and Wind Instrument Teaching Methods since October 1999. From 2001 until 2005, she was teaching at the Cetinje (Montenegro) Academy of Music, too. For the subjects she teaches, Radmila has the title of Full Professor.
Mr Radmila Rakin-Martinović has been the Principal of the Isidor Bajić Music School in Novi Sad since 1996. Excellent results of the School at every relevant competition (the best music school in Serbia five times in a sequence) were accompanied by celebration of three jubilees: 130th anniversary of Isidor Bajić’s birthday and 90th and 100thanniversaries of founding of the School. Radmila was the executive producer of two CDs published by the School in cooperation with Radio Novi Sad. Isidor Bajić Music School was awarded the most prestigious award in the area of culture and art – “Vuk Award”, in 1999, as well as the international award for the best image in 2004 New Millennium Award – International Award for the Best Trade Name (Madrid, Spain). Vojvodina Cultural and Educational Association has awarded her with “Cultural Spark Award” for the year 1999. She was awarded the Global Quality Management Golden Badge for the best manager in 2004 (Madrid, Spain). The Annual Award by the Music and Ballet Schools Association in Serbia was given to Radmila Rakin-Martinović in 2004, and Novi Sad City Assembly awarded her the “Novembarska povelja Grada Novog Sada” in 2005, for outstanding results. In January 2006, Mr Radmila Rakin-Martinović has been awarded “Svetosavska nagrada” by the Ministry of Education and Sport of Serbia. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the “Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial” and “Anton Eberst Clarinet&Flute Competition”.
LUISA SELLO (Italy) is a Miyazawa Artist and an Ambassador of Music and Italian Culture, supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture. She is one of the engaging personalities of contemporary art, an elegant flautist, and one of the most applauded interpreters of classical music.
She has performed throughout Europe, the United States, and South America, as well as in Russia and many other Asian countries, having been characterized as a unique artist with an exceptional versatility and enchanting charm able to reach the soul of each listener and leave behind an unforgettable emotion (Il Mattino di Bolzano, Il Tempo, ABC Madrid, General Anzeiger Bonn).
She has played alongside such artists as Alirio Diaz, Bruno Canino, Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Entremont, Bian Liu Nian, and Jess Trio Wien, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Concert Verein Wiener Symphoniker, I Virtuosi Italiani, Salzburger Kammerorchester, the Thailand Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, and the Greater Miami Symphony Orchestra. Among the many great Concert Halls she has performed in are NCPA in Beijing (China), Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York (USA), Musikverien Brahms Saal in Vienna (Austria), Teatro Alla Scala in Milano, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Parco della Musica in Rome (Italy), Sala Patria in Brasov (Romenia), Brahms Saal in Moscow (Russia), the National Theatre in Astana (Kazahkstan).
She is currently a flute professor at the Faculty of Music in Trieste (Italy) and serves as a visiting professor at the University of Music in Vienna (Austria). In obtaining both her ArtD (Concert Doctorate) in Performing Arts and her PhD in Linguistic and Literary Sciences, she studied in Paris with Raymond Guiot and Alain Marion, who proclaimed her sound “very musical, superb,” and at the Accademia Chigiana with Severino Gazzelloni, who remarked her “magnificent interpretive sensibility and excellent sound.”
She records for Stradivarius, one of the most famous music production companies in Europe.
MATEJ ZUPAN (Slovenia) was born in Slovenia in 1970. He completed his graduate and post graduate studies at the Academy of Music at Ljubljana University under Professor Feđa Rupel before continuing his education with Professor Mario Ancillotti, also attending masterclasses led by Trevor Wye, Michel Debost, Peter-Lukas Graf and James Galway. He has won prizes at multiple national competitions.
From 1996 to 2008 he was the principal flutist of the Slovenian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a solist and a member of the ARIART Woodwind Quintet, the ACADEMIA ARS MUSICAE Chamber Orchestra, the recently founded Ensemble for contemporary Music MD7, and the Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (Society of Slovenian Composers), he has performed extensively throughout Slovenia, Europe and both Americas. He has recorded for Slovenian Radio and TV, RAI and ORF.
He is a Professor at the Academy of Music at Ljubljana University.