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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 Facebook!

Subin Cho

Subin Cho, 18 years old from Keller Texas. She started playing the flute when she was 10 and has been studying with Monica Song for 8 years and Won Lee for 4 years. She was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and 6A Texas All-State (2017&2018). Her individual achievements include performing at the Carnegie Hall in New York as a Grand Prize Winner of Concert Artists “VIRTUOSO” International Competition, she has appeared on From the Top on NPR and is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award(2019), Grand Prize Winner of Northeast Young Artist Competition(2018), First Place Winner of Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition(2017), Winner of MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition in Texas Division, South Central Division, and National(2019). She was also finalist of 2018 NFA High School Soloist Competition, First in the Maverick Flute Soloist Competition(2018), First in the Dallas Symphonic Festival Senior Sonata Division(2018), a Grand Prize Winner of the Dallas Symphonic Festival Senior Concerto Competition(2017), winner of the Claire Johnson Flute Soloist Competition(2016), has been named Outstanding Soloist at the Annual Flute Festival for 4 consecutive years and outstanding Ensemble for 2 consecutive years, and Outstanding Soloist at TCU Flute Festival for 2 consecutive years. She has performed at the Basically Beethoven Festival as a Rising Star at the Dallas City Performance Hall(2017) and has performed Khachaturian Concerto with Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra(2019). She has performed in several master classes for well-known flutists including Marina Piccinini, Jim Walker, Carol Wincenc, Jasmine Choi, Mimi Stillman, Julien Beaudiment, Viviana Guzmán, Jean Ferrandis, Amy Porter, Sarah Jackson, and Shauna Thompson.

Kristen Isaly

This past year, Kristen graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and currently attends the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall. She began her flute studies at the age of 5, at the Music Institute of Chicago, under the instruction of Meret Bitticks, in the suzuki method. Upon moving to Colorado in 2010, she began studying with Paul Nagem (principal flute of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic) and in 2018 began studying with Brook Ferguson (principal flute of the Colorado Symphony).

Kristen has participated in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony as first chair flute. She has performed with many ensembles and quintets. With the youth symphony, she has performed in the Caribbean (particularly Puerto Rico, Haiti, and St. Martin) as well as to New Zealand and Australia, where she had the great privilege of performing in the Sydney Opera House. In addition, as first chair in Cheyenne Mountain’s Symphonic Band, Kristen had the great honor of performing in Carnegie Hall. Kristen has been principal flute in the Colorado All State Orchestra Symphony Orchestra and in the Colorado Springs All City Honor Band. In addition, she was principal flute in the University of Colorado Boulder Honor Band. This past 2020-2021 season, Kristen participated in the Denver Young Artist Orchestra.

Kristen has been awarded numerous accolades and honorable mentions in competitions sponsored by the Colorado Flute Association, Colorado Springs Young Artists, and Colorado school system. Just last month in August of 2021, Kristen had the honor of performing with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs for being awarded second place in the Young Artist Senior Division of the Young Artist Competition. In addition, Kristen has participated in master classes taught by the late David Gerry (studied under Shinicki Suzuki), Christina Jennings, Amy Porter, Marina Piccinini, Jim Walker, and Diana Morgan.
Kristen plans on furthering her studies of flute performance with the intent of playing with an orchestra in the future professionally.

Isabelle Jamois

Isabelle Jamois (20) is a sophomore studying flute performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute. She attended UC Santa Barbara from Fall 2019 until Spring 2021, where she studied with Jill Felber. At UCSB, she was a member of the UCSB Chamber Orchestra, Nunes Scholarship Woodwind Quintet, and UCSB Flute Choir. During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, she decided to pursue a path of more rigorous study in order to prepare her for an orchestral career, which offered her the extraordinary opportunity to study at the Peabody Institute.

Isabelle started studying flute at the age of 9 in an elementary school band program. During high school, Isabelle performed with the San Marcos High School Wind Symphony at the 2019 Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was also the principal flute of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra from 2018-2019, where she performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Copley Symphony Hall. In 2016 and 2017, she played piccolo in California All-State honor ensembles.

Isabelle has competed in the region of Southern California as both a flutist and piccoloist. She won first place in both the Piccolo (2017) and Young Artist Senior (2018) divisions in the San Diego Flute Guild. Isabelle was awarded the title of 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year by Rotary Club District 5340. She has also performed in masterclasses taught by renowned flutists such as Marina Piccinini, Aaron Goldman, and Leone Buyse. This year, Isabelle was a semifinalist in San Diego’s Musical Merit Competition and won first place in the Winds division of the Music Scholarship Council’s annual competition. Isabelle is currently a member of the National Flute Association and Young Artists Guild for the Music Teachers Association of California.

Kelly Li

Kelly Li is pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Professor Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She is from Vancouver, British Columbia, and began learning the flute at the age of 9. She received her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Christie Reside. Kelly has achieved numerous awards in various music festivals such as the Richmond Music Festival and the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, and has performed at many concert halls around the world such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Orpheum in Vancouver. Some of her achievements include receiving 44 first places, 26 scholarships, 11 medallions, and three trophies. Kelly has been nominated to represent Vancouver three times in the Kiwanis Music Festival Performing Arts BC, where she was placed first in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Woodwind Divisions. She has also achieved First Class Honours in her RCM Flute Grades 8, 10, and ARCT examinations. Furthermore, Kelly has had many ensemble experiences such as chamber, band, and orchestra. She was principal flute at the Lord Byng Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the University of British Columbia Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. In the future, Kelly aspires to become a professional orchestral musician and a flute teacher.

Christian Paquette

French Canadian flutist Christian Paquette is the Principal Flute of the York Symphony Orchestra and newly appointed Principal Flute of 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 also worked in flute repairs with Adam Workman, founder of Flutistry Boston. He has frequently performed back in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Thirteen Strings Ensemble. He was also the President of the Ottawa Flute Association from 2015 to 2017.

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. This past summer he was a fellow in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and has been reinvited for the 2022 summer season. Past teachers include Paula Robison, Denis Bluteau and Camille Churchfield.

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

Denis Savelyev

Winner of the first-prize at the '2017 New York Flute Club Competition’, Denis Savelyev is an international soloist and an orchestral player based in the USA.

Originally from Western Ukraine, Mr. Savelyev was born in Lviv and began learning the flute at the young age of five. After completing his specialist degree (a combined Bachelor's and Master's degree), at the 'Gnessin Academy of Music' in Moscow—where he studied under Albert Hofmann, he moved to the USA for his Master’s of Music and Professional Studies, at the Mannes School of Music and The New School University—where he studied under Judith Mendenhall. He also was part of The Orchestra Now and graduated from Bard College with a Master’s degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies.

As an active participant of several festivals and competitions, Denis has won multiple prizes—some of which have included 1st Prize at 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.

Orchestral positions have included the Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok, The Orchestra Now, Manhattan Symphonie and the New York Symphonic Ensemble on its Japanese tour in 2016.

Mr. Savelyev has worked with highly acclaimed conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Hans Graf, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, JoAnn Falletta and Leon Botstein amongst others.

He has performed at venues which include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, the Ukrainian Institute of America, Moscow Music House, Barge Music—New York, Fisher Center at Bard College, Lviv Philharmonic, Morgan Library—New York, University of Nevada, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Kremlin Concert Hall, Berlin Concert House and Carnegie Hall (where he gave the world premiere of his own arrangement for the flute of Virko Baley's Partita for Violin and Piano).

Currently, Denis is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he is being mentored by Marina Piccinini. He performs and gives lessons around the world, loves to collaborate with artists and is passionate about teaching.

Madeleine Strong

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Madeleine Strong uses her diverse upbringing as inspiration for her artistic musings. An active collaborator, freelancer and teacher, she is a diverse musician who enjoys sharing her music with any audience. She is also dedicated to community outreach and furthering the objective of inclusivity within music education in all communities.

She is currently pursuing her Master of Music with renowned flute player, Professor Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she performs regularly. During summers and whenever opportunities present themselves, she is participating in orchestral music festivals. She has been a recipient of merit scholarships to festivals including Marrowstone Music Festival, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Association, the Rocky Ridge Music Center - Young Artist Seminar, and other various flute seminars.

Aside from her work as a Saturday Academy Teacher with OrchKids, she also spends her time performing at assisted-living facilities and providing private music lessons as well as masterclasses to youth. She also enjoys performing at weddings and other ceremonial events.

She has performed in masterclasses with Julien Beaudiment, Raffaele Trevisiani, Sarah Jackson and Lorna McGhee among others. She has also competed and placed at competitions affiliated with organizations such as the Mid-South Flute Society, the Oklahoma Flute Society, and the UTA Maverick Flute Festival. Previous teachers have included James Walker, Terri Sundberg, James Scott, and Barbara Lambrecht. In her free-time, Madeleine enjoys spending time with loved ones and reading.

Lily Xie

Award winning flutist, Zishu “Lily” Xie, started her music career at the age of five. First as a pianist, and later she picked up the flute when she turned nine years old. In 2009, she was admitted to Beijing Central Conservatory of Music ranking as the top student, and graduated in 2015 with Secondary School Associate Degree in both Flute Performance and Piano Performance. She continued studying flute performance with Professor Alexa Still at Oberlin Conservatory where she earned her Bachelor Degree, and later became a Master of Music student at University of Miami, Frost School of Music under Dr. Jennifer Grim. She is currently a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate at Peabody Conservatory as a student of Professor Marina Piccinini.

Along her educational journey, Xie claimed the First Prize of The Seventh International Competitions of Young Musicians in Vladivostok, Russia in 2012 and the First Prize of Nanning International Flute Competition in China in both solo flute division and chamber music division in 2013. She also declared winner of 2014 Masterwork Music Festival Concerto Competition, and later performed the concerto as a soloist with the festival orchestra.
As an active performer, Xie was the only flutist on the Honors Recital of the Famous Russian Musicians Masterclass Series in China recommended by Russian Federal Ministry in 2012. She was also appointed as the principal flutist of China Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as the principal flutist of the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China), which performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2017. Her recent appearances on Masterclasses include those with Karl-Heinz Schütz, Peter-Lukas Graf, Wierzbinski Antoni, Pierre-Yves Artaud and James Galway.

On the other hand, Xie has never dropped out of piano playing. Not only she declared the First Prize of China International Art Festival Solo Competition, she also performed with many famous musicians including Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. She also developed a love for conducting and composing, which has become big parts of her music life. Outside of music, Xie enjoys doing photography and petting cats. She has two cats, Mochi and Oreo.