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Flutes by the Sea Competitions & Masterclass 10th Anniversary

Celebrating 10 years of SF Flute Society's Flutes by the Sea Competitions and Masterclass

The International Flutes by the Sea Virtual Competitions have a distinguished panel of judges. Two contrasting links are due by April 1st. Up to $2,000 in cash prizes as well as an invitation to perform at this year's Flutes by the Sea Intensive Masterclass which will be held June 14 - 17, 2023 with Guest Artists, Jasmine Choi and Viviana Guzman in historic Half Moon Bay, CA. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate in the Masterclass either as 1) Performers or 2) Auditors.

Competition Deadline: April 1, 2023

Masterclass Early Bird Discount (save $350): April 1, 2023



Flutes by the Sea Adult Competition Judges

Jürgen Franz is Professor for Flute at the Music University Hamburg “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” and a member of the NDR Elbphilharmonieorchestra Hamburg. As soloist and chamber musician he toured worldwide  and is seen frequently at european Flute Festivals and  in the Jury of international Flute Competitions.


Kobe Competition Winner, Flutist Amy Porter has been praised by critics both for her exceptional musical talent and her passion for scholarship. From her prolific performances of Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears to her October 2022 performance at Carnegie Hall celebrating Lukas Foss’s centennial with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Porter’s accomplishments speak for themselves. Amy has served as a mentor to developing musicians at the University of Michigan and leads an intensive residency at local colleges and universities for the study of flute performance.


Raffaele Trevisani graduated with excellent marks from Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Milan. He began his career as orchestral player with Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti and as a chamber musician with I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone. He was the winner of the “Società dei Concerti” competition in Milano after which he started his solo career performing solo concerts with “I Solisti Veneti” in Italy and abroad.


First-Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artists Competition and third-prize winner of Concours International d’ Execution Musicale in Geneva, flutist Hyeri Yoon’s extensive solo concert engagement have taken her all over the world. Ms.Yoon has been a principal flute of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain and the New World Symphony in Miami. Currently, she is a professor of the Seoul National University in Korea.



Flutes by the Sea Youth Competition Judges


As a performer, Adam Eccleston has appeared with orchestras such as the Oregon Symphony. At 19 years old, he made his solo debut in New York performing Borne Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra. Adam has been awarded top prizes in competitions for which he was featured at Carnegie Hall. He was the Artist in Residence for All Classical Portland radio station for two years and currently sits as Chair of the Recording Inclusivity Initiative, which has been featured on KGW news and his album, AMPLIFY is available on all platforms.


Flutist Elisabet Franch has received numerous international recognitions: Grand Prix of the 27th World Music Competition, Vienna New Year’s International Music Competition (Vienna, Austria), 1st prize and Jury Prize at the American Protégé Woodwinds and Brass Competition (Carnegie Hall, New York, USA), Anton Rubinstein International Flute Competition (Berlin, Germany), Domenico Cimarosa International Flute Competition (Aversa, Italy), Golden Classical Awards (New York, USA), Primer Palau (Barcelona, ​​Spain), among others. Elisabet currently serves as Assistant Principal Flute of Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.


Dr. Brice Smith serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Adams State University and Assistant Artistic Director for Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Flute Academy. He has performed in several professional ensembles, including the Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra summer festival. As a soloist, he has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with the Arkansas Philharmonic, University of Michigan Camerata Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestras and bands.


Elzbieta Wolenska frequently appears as a soloist with orchestras in China, Europe, and the United States and with notable chamber music groups. Her most recent performance accolade was her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall on October 4, 2019. Elzbieta is currently the Professor of Flute at the Zhaoqing University in Guangdong, China. She has previously held teaching positions at The Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland,  National School of Music in Opole, Poland, Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, and  National School of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland.






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