and joining us for a short time only....ANDRÉ CEBRIÁN
Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions are performed across the globe and these wide-ranging published works have established themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are being embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, syllabuses, teachers, colleges & students alike.
Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions throughout the world including events in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Japan, many European countries, and numerous times for the NFA (National Flute Association) in the USA and for the British Flute Society (BFS) in the UK where he lives. He premiered his new concerto for flute & strings at the 2017 Minneapolis, NFA convention. His acclaimed CD ‘Within’ has been one the flute world’s best sellers and his album Deep Blue reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart; thought to be a first for an album of original flute music. He has given master-classes at many of the leading music conservatoires including London’s Royal Academy of Music (RAM) & Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) through to New York’s Juilliard & MSM (Manhattan School of Music) and in countries around the globe. In his career, he has performed in genres ranging from classical opera to a guest appearance with rock group Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson.
Through leading, co-leading and contributing to a myriad of flute events, Ian has enjoyed working with all ages and stages in fluteland and beyond.
A prize-winning student, Ian studied part-time with Simon Hunt, Averil Williams and Kate Lukas of the Guildhall School of Music, London. He concurrently studied Mathematics at Imperial College, London graduating with Honours. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ian has worked extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing and performing music for film & television.
Ian is an International Miyazawa Flute artist.
Wissam Boustany’s passionate musicality has helped him forge a unique reputation as an international flute soloist. His charismatic stage presence brings tremendous power and subtlety to a wide range of musical genres ranging from baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary and jazz settings. Imaginative programming often mixes the innovative with the traditional, captivating audiences with an engaging style that combines an improvisatory flair with a wide emotional and expressive range, and an acute sense of tone color and nuance.
Wissam has developed a unique duo partnership with pianist Aleksander Szram. In 2015, they toured in Australia, Canada, USA, Holland, and Norway, leaving audiences consistently overwhelmed by the way they both perform from memory, bringing a completely heightened experience and intensity into their adventurous music-making.
Wissam regularly performs and teaches in a variety of contexts, facilitating the growth of young talent. He has created his own teaching method titled “A Method Called Love”, which has spread internationally, focusing on improvisation, memory, self-reliance and the development of the concept of Love as a powerful motivator, facilitator and teacher. He has been a long-standing flute professor at Trinity Laban, London, and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
More recently, Wissam has ventured into composing. Audiences around the world have responded enthusiastically to the transparent textures he weaves into a profoundly instinctive Middle Eastern tonality. His two recent works “And the Wind Whispered” and “Broken Child” are available through Tetractys Publishing.
He has performed with some of the world’s leading conductors including Claudio Abbado, Ivan Fischer, Bramwell Tovey, John Elliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, George Solti, Peter Szilvay, Lubnan Baalbaki, James Judd, Jordi Mora, Volodymyr Sirenko, Levon Parikian, Nicholas Cleobury, Martyn Brabbins, Varujan Kodjan, Clark Rundell, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Ludwig Carrasco. Prestigious orchestras Wissam has worked with include the BBC SSO, BBC Philharmonic, LSCO, State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Utrecht Chamber Orchestra, St Paul’s Sinfonia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Cairo Opera Orchestra, Orquesta 5 de mayo, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and Palestine National Orchestra. More recently he collaborated with the Kristiansand Symphony orchestra, as part of a three-year residency at University in Agder, Norway.
Ruth is a flute player, and educator. She divides her time mainly between performing with leading contemporary music group Red Note Ensemble, and working as lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also performs solo recitals, and enjoys playing chamber music in any kind of small ensemble. She works regularly with pianist Scott Mitchell, and in a trio with harpist Sharron Griffiths and violist Scott Dickinson. She has appears regularly at festivals all over the UK and Europe, and has recorded for Delphian, Mode, Metier and 7hings. Ruth was for many years a player and co-artistic director of The Scottish Flute Trio. The trio commissioned many new works from composers such as Thea Musgrave, Edward McGuire, Sally Beamish, Gordon McPherson, Joji Hirota, Robert Dick and David Fennessy. She has worked with a wide range of ensembles including the Edinburgh Quartet, Hebrides Ensemble, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and as a soloist with London Concertante. She has been on stage with theatre companies such as Dundee Rep and Theatre Cryptic and appeared at Counterflows Festival with experimental harpist Zeena Parkins. She appears regularly on Radio 3 and Radio Scotland, and has performed live as a featured solo artist for Classic FM.
Teaching is a big part of Ruth’s life, and she has seen many successful students go into the profession. Alongside her work at RCS, Ruth enjoys teaching master classes and workshops around the UK and in Europe. She also teaches students at Glasgow University and is the founder of the Scottish International Flute Summer School which she directed for 20 years. She is in demand as a private teacher, and has taught many successful students at every stage of their musical training. Ruth is a regular coach for NYOS courses, delivers CPD for instrumental teachers, and for many years was on the staff for Douglas Academy Music School. As well as teaching flute players, and coaching chamber groups and ensembles, Ruth also enjoys working with composers to help them to develop their writing. She has taken part in many composers’ workshops, working at all levels from first time composers at school, through to young professional composers at the start of their careers. Recent composers’ workshops have been with RNCM, RCS, Glasgow University and Sound Scotland.
Ruth’s training was with David Nicholson at RSAMD, and then as a Wingate Scholar with Peter Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music. She also studied privately with Colin Lilley and Wissam Boustany. Prizes and awards include: Soroptomist International Society Bursary for young musicians, Prize winner in RSAMD chamber music and woodwind competitions, Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, Bromsgrove Festival Young Musicians Platform, AT&T Istel Awards, Tunnell Trust, Manchester Mid Day Music Society recital prize, Hattori Foundation award winner and Wingate Scholarship for postgraduate study at RNCM.
André is the Principal Flute of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His first orchestral experiences at the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), the Britten-Pears Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester led him soon to perform with such orchestras as the Sinfónica de Galicia, Filharmonía de Galicia, Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta de Cadaqués, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, Orchestra Mozart, Nacional do Porto, Staatkskapelle Dresden and Sinfónica de Asturias. He performs regularly as a Guest Principal Flute with the Scottish BBC, Philharmonia Zürich, Spira Mirabilis, Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Sinfónica de Barcelona (OBC), Gran Teatro del Liceu, Malaysian Philharmonic and Orchestra Leonore.
He is not only an experienced orchestral musician, but also a passionate chamber musician. When he is not playing in the Orchestra you can find him performing with his wind quintet Azahar Ensemble, the Natalia Ensemble - a symphonic ensemble which he founded and where he is the artistic director and arranger - or in one of his duo projects with harpist Bleuenn Le Friec, or guitarist Pedro Mateo González.
His career as a soloist takes him around Spain, Germany, Poland, Georgia and UK next to orchestras like Sinfónica de Galicia, Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Dresden Staatskapelle, Scottish Chamber, Georgian Sinfonietta or Filharmonia Zabrzańska and such conductors as Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Zsolt Nagy, Alejandro Posada, Vladimir Jurowski, Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez, Guillermo García-Calvo, Vakhtang Kakhidze or Maxim Emelyanychev.
In 2019, together with Oihana Gimenez, they founded the Festival de Música de Cámara de Anguiano in La Rioja (Spain).
André studied in his hometown Santiago de Compostela and Salamanca with Luis Soto, Laurent Blaiteau and Pablo Sagredo. He then went on to study with János Bálint at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany) and with Jacques Zoon at the Haute École de Musique de Gèneve (Switzerland).
He loves sharing his passion for music with his students. He was a flute and chamber music teacher at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón between 2013 and 2020 and since 2020 he is the Flute Teacher at the Fundación Barenboim-Said. He also gives numerous masterclasses and courses around Europe and coaches youth orchestras such as JONDE, OJA, JONC, JOGV, OSIM or OSAV each season.
His numerous arrangements used at his workshops (flute duo, flute ensemble, wind quintet, large wind ensemble, mixed ensemble…) can be found at the publishing house Jopfen Music.