Alena Walentin (formerly Lugovkina) is a Vice-Chair of the British Flute Society, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Altus Artist and signed artist with Scandinavian agency "Granvig artists".
Alena has gained a reputation of one of the most versatile young flautists, being a soloist, chamber musician and guest Principal flute with leading orchestras, as well as workshop leader, adjudicator, chamber music tutor and flute professor.
Mrs Walentin is a reciepient of numerous prizes such as the 1st prizes 1st at the British Flute Society’s Competitions,International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau”(Germany) and Royal Academy of Music flute competition. She has also won several prestigious awards including the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award, the Hattori Foundation Award, The Leverhulme Trust Award, The Philharmonia MMSF Award, “Wolfson Foundation Award” and many other.
Alena Walentin performed joint recitals with such big figures in the flute world as Emmanuel Pahud and Denis Bouriakov. Alena has performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Windsor Castle, King’s Place and at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She performed solo works with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra and has played recitals in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria and Spain.
Professor and teacher:
Alena's one of real passions is teaching. Being an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader, being keen on sharing her knowledge and experience with younger generation, since she young age, she has already, by age of 30, managed to established herself as a thought after teacher.
Currently, Alena teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, London, City University and Junior Royal Academy of Music in London.
In summer 2014 Mrs Walentin was invited to be a coach at the International Music Festival in Switzerland “Verbier Festival” Chamber Week, in 2015 she was the flute teacher at the Ponte Cultura music course in Corsica, France and gave masterclasses at ESMAE (Conservatoire of Music and Theatre) in Porto (Portugal) followed by series of solo concerts. She has also been teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School and taught at the Dartington Summer School & Festival in 2017 and 2018, alongside her colleagues from Atéa Quintet, giving instrumental masterclasses and chamber music sessions as well as recital.
After being inspired by Music in Community sessions while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Alena has taken further training at the Verbier Festival's first Reaching Out Programme few years ago and now she is giving Reaching Out workshops all over UK as Yeomen of Worshipful Company of Musicians and as one of the musicians of Live Music UK. Alena has also been judging competitions in Italy, Russian Federation, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States.
Alena appeared as a Guest Principal Flute with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Opera North, Hallé, MusicAeterna (Russia), Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John's, London Concert Orchestra and as a piccolo player with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Alena has also judged competitions in Italy, Russian Federation, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States, including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Music competition, Singapore Festival Flute Competition and the British Flute Society’s competitions.
Chamber music is a big part of Alena's life and career. She works regularly with fantastic musicians, who you will be able to read about on this website. Alena is also a member of the Atéa Quintet, Associate Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire (since 2012) and Ensemble in Residence at The Purcell School.
Alena has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with the highest woodwind exam mark in 2011 studying with Professor William Bennett OBE and Patricia Morris. She received her Master of Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music&Drama where she studied with Philippa Davies, Christopher Green, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke, Sharon Williams. She also had lessons with Michael Cox and Sam Coles thanks to the scholarship from the Martin Scholarship Music Trust "Philharmonia Award".