© Alena Walentin 2018

Awards & Prizes: 

2015: Special Prize and 3rd Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, 

Maisie Lewis Award with Worshipful Company of Musicians, The Kathleen Trust Award 

2014: Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), Scholarship and Prize of Fondation 

NEVA (Switzerland), Guildhall Artists Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 

Kirckman Society chamber award with Atéa wind quintet, Tunnell Trust chamber award with 

Atéa wind quintet, winning audition for Live Music Now scheme with Atéa wind quintet 

2012: MMSF Philharmonia Award, Hattori Foundation Award, June Alison Woodwind Award 

2011: The Leverhulme Trust scholarship, MMSF Philharmonia Award, Land Kärnten Award, 

Irene Burcher Prize, Paddy Purcell Award, Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize 

2010: Wolfson Foundation Award, A F Trust Award, Finalist - Wigmore Award, Larry Adler 

Award, Top Wind Flute Prize – Winner, All Flutes Plus Prize - Very Highly Commended 

2009: Elizabeth Spater Award, Jo Weinberg Award 

1st Prize at the Royal Academy of Music competition “J&J Brough Prize”, UK 

1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau”, Germany 

2008 1st Prize at the British Flute Society’s Eleventh Performance Plus Competition, UK 

Sebastian Bell award at the British Flute Society’s Silver Jubilee Competition, UK 

2007-2011: Royal Academy of Music full Scholarship 

 

Orchestral work: 

 

Guest Principal Flute:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Britten Sinfonia 

London Concert Orchestra

London Mozart Players

MusicAeterna (Russia)     

Opera North

Orchestra of St John’s                                                             

Orpheus Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Opera House     

The Hallé

The Philharmonia                                                        

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland)  

Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland)

                           

Guest Principal Piccolo: 

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra                           

  

Other guest work:
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Northern Ballet

Recordings:

"Doctor Who" with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

"Pearl of Freedom" with the London Mozart Players

Schumann Cello concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Recording Sessions for the National Film and Television School 

Debut Album (released by Guild November 2019)

Atéa Quintet album "Music for Five Winds"

Atéa Quintet album "Music for Nine Winds" (Release in April 2019) 

Live recordings include broadcasts by BBC Radio 3 and NHK (Japan's largest broadcasting organization)

Ensembles:

Atéa Quintet

Duo with Anne Denholm (harp) 

Duo with Niklas Walentin (violin)

Other regular chamber music partners:

Piano: Joseph Havlat, Pavel Timofeyevsky, Viv McLean

Guitar: Tiago Gomes, Andrey Lebedev

Harp: Katherine Ventura 

accordion: Miloš Milivojević 

Guest Flute with ensembles:

Alban Berg Ensemble Wien (Austria), Ensemble Cymru (Wales), Ensemble 360 (England)

Highlights of Solo and Chamber music performing experience 2014-2018: 

2018 Flute recital at St Johns Smith Square 

2018 Solo and chamber music concerts in Denmark 

2018 Chamber music tour across Wales with Ensemble Cymru 

2017 Solo and chamber concerts in Denmark, Japan and USA 

2017 Performing solo, judging Young Artist competition, assisting William Bennett and 

performing chamber music with William Bennett and the Principal flutes at the Chicago 

Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic at the National Flute Association

Convention, United States 

2016 Solo tour in Taiwan and Singapore, judging flute competition at the Singapore Flute 

Festival 

2016 Recital at the William Bennett International Summer School and duo performances with 

Lorna McGhee (Principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) 

2016 Shared Solo recital at the Wigmore Hall as part of Worshipful Company of Musicians 

concert series 

2016 Flute&harp recitals in USA with Katherine Ventura and masterclasses at US universities 

2015 Wigmore Hall Recital by Atéa wind quintet as part of Kirckman Society concert series 

2015 Solo concerts in Russia 

2014 Solo concert at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall 

2014 Solo concerts and masterclass in ESMAE, Porto, Portugal 

2014 Concert of British contemporary music “Number Ones” with Atéa wind quintet and Riot 

ensemble. Supported by Arts Council of England 

2014 Concert in Bridgewater Hall with Atéa wind quintet 

Professors: 

Flute: William Bennett OBE, Christopher Green, Michael Cox, Sam Coles, Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke, Nadejda Seleznyeva. 

Piccolo: Patricia Morris, Christopher Green, Sharon Williams 

 

Education: 
2014-2015 Artist Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama  

2014 Verbier Festival “Reaching Out” (Switzerland) 

2011-2012 Distinction in Masters of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on full 

scholarship  

2007-2011 Distinction in Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music, London on full 

scholarship  

2010 LRAM in teaching practice and pedagogical theory (Licentiate in Royal Academy of Music) 

1997-2007 Gnesins Special Music School, Moscow