Marina Piccinini’s Studio consists of students from across the United States, Europe, and Asia. With a fine balance of Undergraduate, Artist Diploma, Masters, and Doctoral Degree students, the studio offers a wide range of musical thought and practical application in private and master class settings. Join us on Instagram!

A group photo of all the students in Marina Piccinini studio with Piccinini in the front row, center

Freddy Branson

Freddy Branson is currently a freshman at the Peabody Institute where he is studying flute performance under Marina Piccinini.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Freddy has led a very active musical life from an early age, beginning flute at 3 in the Suzuki method under the tutelage of Kate Bergen, and later moving to Alan Hardy. In addition to this, Freddy has performed in masterclasses with Wissam Boustany, Ian Clarke, Toshio Takahashi, Wendy Stern, Michael Gordon, Amy Porter and Rebecca Paluzzi.

Freddy has been awarded many scholarships and prizes over the years. Highlights include performing at Musikverein in Vienna after winning First Prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, performing at the Melbourne Recital Centre after winning the State Prize for the Australian “Strike A Chord” Chamber Music Competition and being selected for the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s European Tour.

Other musical highlights include winning a multitude of competitions, performing as a soloist with the CGS Orchestra at Hamer Hall and playing in various youth orchestras from the age of 12.

Subin Cho

Subin Cho was born in Seoul and raised in the US, where she began playing the flute at age 10 studying with Monica Song and Won Lee. She received her Bachelor's degree at the Peabody Institute with Marina Piccinini and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Degree.

Highlights of Subin’s extensive list of prizes include the first prize at Yamaha Young Artist, Grand Prize Winner of Concert Artists “VIRTUOSO” International Competition, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and Rising Star of the Basically Beethoven Festival. She has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, on National Public Radio’s From the Top , at the Dallas City Performance Hall, and as soloist in the Khachaturian Concerto with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

She has performed in masterclasses for Marina Piccinini, Jim Walker, Carol Wincenc, Jasmine Choi, Mimi Stillman, Julien Beaudiment, Jean Ferrandis, Amy Porter, and Sarah Jackson.

Giorgio Consolati

Praised for his “lustrous tone” (Musical America), Italian flutist Giorgio Consolati has performed at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Miami’s New World Center and the Beijing China Conservatory. As a soloist, he performed with Alan Gilbert and the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Verdi Conservatory Orchestra. Giorgio is the principal flutist of the York Symphony Orchestra and has previously worked under the batons of John Adams, Gianandrea Noseda, Peter Oundjian and David Robertson.

Passionate about chamber music, Giorgio has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He was also heard with the Juilliard School’s AXIOM and New Juilliard Ensemble, and at the contemporary music festival Milano Musica. Giorgio is a top prizewinner of several competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition, the De Lorenzo International Flute Competition, and the Emanuele Krakamp Flute Competition. In 2019 Giorgio released Tour De Flute, his debut album. As an educator, Giorgio teaches at the Peabody Institute as the assistant of Marina Piccinini, has been on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East at Colgate University and gave masterclasses for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, at the Longy Conservatory of Bard College, the Pavia Conservatory in Italy, and the Beijing Central Conservatory.

A native of Milan, Giorgio is the first flutist in the Verdi Conservatory’s history to graduate with top honors and honorable mention. As a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, Giorgio received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School studying with Carol Wincenc. Giorgio is continuing his education with a Doctorate of Music degree under the guidance of Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he previously earned the prestigious Artist Diploma.

Eduardo Fajardo

Born and raised in Orange, New Jersey, Eduardo Fajardo is a first-generation Salvadoran American pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music, where he studied with Julianna Nickel.

Despite beginning his musical journey at the age of 16, Eduardo has performed in several professional ensembles, competitions, masterclasses, and summer festivals. Orchestrally, he has performed as the Principal Flutist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, a returning section flutist of the American Festival Pops Orchestra, and the Principal Flutist of Phi Mu Alpha's National Wind Ensemble.

Eduardo is a prize winner of the New Jersey Flute Fair's 2022 Young Artist Competition, a winner of the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention's 2023 Guest Artist Masterclass Competition, the recipient of the "Most Improved Award" of the Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses, and has performed in masterclasses with Marina Piccinini, Christina Jennings, Leah Arsenault Barrick, Marianne Gedigian, Nestor Torres, Dr. Christopher Chaffee, Jennifer Grim, and Sergio Palotelli.

Eduardo wishes to share his story as he moves further along his path in the classical arts. Throughout his career, he has battled through many forms of adversity and hopes that his story will inspire musicians of similar circumstances to continue fighting forward and make a name for themselves in this field.

Kristen Isaly

Kristen Isaly is currently attending the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University as a second year undergraduate student. She began her flute studies at the age of 5 at the Music Institute of Chicago, following the Suzuki method. Upon moving to Colorado, she continued her private studies with Paul Nagem and later, Brook Ferguson.

During her high school years, Kristen participated in various ensembles including the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Colorado All State Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Colorado Boulder Honor Band. She held the principal Flute position with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, performing on tours in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.

Kristen has been awarded numerous accolades and honorable mentions in competitions sponsored by the Colorado Flute Association, and the Colorado Springs Young Artists. In addition, she has participated in master classes taught by Christina Jennings, Amy Porter, Marina Piccinini, Jim Walker, and Diana Morgan.

She has performed in masterclasses with Marina Piccinini, Fiorella Andriani, Rena Urso, and Adriana Ferreira in Mondovi, Italy this past summer through California State University’s Global Artist program.

Isabelle Jamois

Recently appointed a Haynes Young Artist, as well as a protégé of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, Isabelle Jamois is currently pursuing a BM in flute performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute, having previously attended UC Santa Barbara under Jill Felber.

Isabelle began studying flute at the age of 9 and was active performing with various ensembles during high school, including as principal flute of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra and as piccoloist in the California All-State honor ensembles. Among her various activities and performances at the Peabody Institute, she has performed in the Class of 2022 Commencement Concert, and assisted with the annual Junior Bach Program for Peabody’s musical outreach for Baltimore’s youth. She is a founding member and artistic director of Aura Winds, a Baltimore-based woodwind quintet that performs regularly in the community.

Recent summer activities include participation at the “The Complete 21st Century Flutist: The Global Artist” in Mondovì, Italy and at the Eastern Music Festival. She has been given the distinction of Fenstermaker Scholar. Previously, she won first place in the 2020 Winds division of the Music Scholarship Council’s annual competition, the San Diego Flute Guild’s 2018 Young Artists Senior Division and 2017 Piccolo division, and was named the 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year by the Rotary Club.

She has performed in masterclasses with Marina Piccinini, Aaron Goldman, Leone Buyse, Karin Bonelli, Gudrun Hinze and Adriana Ferreira.

Jack King

Jack King is a flutist from Wilmington, North Carolina. During high school, he studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Dr. Tadeu Coelho. He is currently a sophomore at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University studying with Marina Piccinini.

Jack began playing the flute in the seventh grade. Through local and state-level competitions, he developed a passion for music. Jack has performed in several European countries and participated in masterclasses with Marina Piccinini, Jeffrey Khaner, Demarre McGill, Valerie Coleman, Elizabeth Rowe, and Emi Ferguson. In 2022, Jack won the UNCSA School of Music Concerto Competition, and performed the Ibert Concerto with the UNCSA Symphony under the baton of Maestro Robert Franz.

Matthew Ober

A proud Maryland native, Matthew Ober is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute. Matt developed a fascination towards music at a young age and began formal studies at 14 with Meghan Shanley Alger. His high school artistic development led him to performances with the Maryland All-State Band, an invitation to the Catholic University of America High School Academic Symposium, and performing for Pope Francis and President Obama at Joint Base Andrews Naval-Air Facility in Prince George’s County, MD.

Matt has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Opera Company, the Georgetown Epiphany Festival Orchestra (DC), and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He has received numerous accolades, including those at the South Carolina Flute Society, the Flute Society of Washington, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the University of Virginia Flute Forum. He has performed for incredible names, including Marina Piccinini, Leone Buyse, Lorna McGhee, Seth Morris, and Imani Winds. Matt maintains a small private studio of students in Maryland and Washington, D.C., where his students have won scholarships and successfully auditioned for honor ensembles.

A dual-degree graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, Matt earned a BM in Flute Performance and a BS in Information Science, magna cum laude, where he studied with Sarah Frisof and Aaron Goldman. Interests in student advocacy and the cross-section of information and the arts has led him to serve on esteemed committees with the university Vice President and Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. Matt is a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa, where he served as President. The university awarded Matt the Model Citizenship Prize and he was recognized as the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leader of the Year in the Creative and Performing Arts.

Christian Paquette

French-Canadian flutist Christian Paquette is the newly appointed principal flute of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the positions of principal flute with the York Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He is a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Marina Piccinini. He has frequently performed in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Thirteen Strings Ensemble. From 2015 to 2017 he was the President of the Ottawa Flute Association.

Christian has performed in the Shriver Hall Concert Series, Music and Beyond Festival, recitals at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, Concerto performances with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra (Nielsen) under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (Ibert and Nielsen), and with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra (Rodrigo). He is greatly looking forward to his performance of the Reinecke Flute Concerto with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra in England later in 2022. He is the recipient of numerous competition awards, such as the MPIMC (Marina Piccinini International Master Classes) Concerto Competition, first prize at the Yale Gordon Competition, Canadian Music Competition, the National Music Festival, the NACO Bursary Competition and many others. For the past two summers, Christian was a Fellow in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Past teachers include Paula Robison, Denis Bluteau, and Camille Churchfield.

Christian is extremely grateful to the Fondation Baxter et Alma Ricard as well as the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation for their generous support in his doctoral studies at the Peabody Institute.

Denis Savelyev

Originally from Western Ukraine, Denis Savelyev was born in Lviv and began studying flute at the young age of five. After completing a combined Bachelor's and Master's degree at the 'Gnessin Academy of Music' in Moscow, he moved to the USA to pursue a MM at the Mannes School of Music and Professional Studies at The New School University, where he studied under Judith Mendenhall. He was later a member of The Orchestra Now, graduating from Bard College with a Master’s degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies.

Denis has won multiple prizes including 1st Prize at the New York Flute Club Competition, the New Jersey Flute Society and 2nd Prize at the Young Artist Competition of the National Flute Association. He is also a recent recipient of the “Rising Star” award at Galway Flute Academy.

Orchestrally, he has worked with the Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok, as well as with Orchestra Now, the Manhattan Symphonie and the New York Symphonic Ensemble on its Japanese tour in 2016, under conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Hans Graf, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, JoAnn Falletta and Leon Botstein amongst others.

He has performed at various international venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Merkin Concert Hall, the Morgan Library and the Met Museum in NYC; Lviv Philharmonic, Kremlin Concert Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus; Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Currently, Denis is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Marina Piccinini.

Elizabeth Stern

DMA candidate Elizabeth Stern enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher, writer and high performance coach.

At the age of 10 she enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School, and then pursued a Bachelor’s degree with Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza at Carnegie Mellon University, and later with Elizabeth Rowe at the New England Conservatory.

Elizabeth has won first prizes in the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Auditions Competition, the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society’s Competition and was the 2016 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition winner.

She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Wallingford Symphony, Choate Rosemary Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Hartwick Festival Orchestra, and has given numerous world premieres, including at the National Flute Association Conventions and at Harvard University.

Her writing has been featured by Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Wholebeing Institute, SKP Artist Management, and the NY Flute Club, among others.

In addition to her music studies, Elizabeth also holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Music Performance, and Performance Psychology summa cum laude from Boston University, a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Meditation, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her studies focused on leadership psychology, German literature, and arts in education.

Zelin Wang

Zelin Wang began studying flute at the age of 9 and soon after was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music middle school in Beijing under professor Zhu Tongde. She continued her high school studies as a scholarship student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where she studied with Sara Andon. Currently, Zelin is a first year BM student under professor Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of Music.

During her high school studies, Zelin performed in numerous settings, including as soloist in the Rodrigo Flute Concerto, in chamber music and as principal flute of the Idyllwild Arts chamber orchestra.

Zelin has performed in various summer festivals including NYO (National Youth Orchestra) China, MPIMC (Marina Piccinini International Master Class),JSW(Juilliard Summer Wind), Galway Festival, and Idyllwild Summer Chamber intensive as student ambassador. She also participated in master classes with various flutists including Marina Piccinini, Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Ulla Miilmann and Kersten McCall.

Jiyoung Yoon

Jiyoung Yoon, from South Korea, will be pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma with Marina Piccinini at Peabody Institute this fall.

She began her flute studies at the age of 11, and has played in various ensembles since middle school, including the Ulsan Nam-gu Youth Orchestra and the Busan Arts school Orchestra. She performed with the Gyeongnam Symphony Orchestra as a soloist when she was 15 years old. She received a Bachelor degree at the Sungshin women university, in Seoul, studied with SangAe Kim. After receiving her BM, she moved to America to pursue a Master degree at the Mannes School of Music, where she studied under Judith Mendenhall.

She has been awarded in competitions including NewJersey Flute Society young artist Competition, Music International Grand Prix, American Protege competitions, Ye-Eum Music Competition(Korea), Cultural Music Competition(Korea), Music Education Newspaper Competition(Korea).

She has performed at various venues, including Seoul Arts Center, Weill Recital Hall, Friedheim Library ,Consulate General of Germany, Geumjeong Cultural Center, Gimhae Arts Center. She has performed in masterclasses held by Alberto Almarza, Demarre McGill, Luc Mangholz, Soo-Kyung Park, Marina Piccinini, Keith Underwood, Sarah Wu, Donna Shin.