Karin Bonelli. The Upper Austrian flutist Karin Bonelli, born in 1988, may already look back on a manifold musical occupation.
After years of apprenticeship in her hometown Grieskirchen and as a pre-student at the Bruckner University Linz with Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer, she changed to Vienna into the class of Prof. Wolfgang Schulz at the University of Music and Performing Arts. After additional lessons with Günter Voglmayr and Philippe Boucly, Karin Bonelli became a student of Karl-Hein Schütz at the Konservatorium Wien Private University, where she – after a year abroad at the CNSMD Lyon/France with Philippe Bernold – completed her studies as a Bachelor of Arts with distinction. Besides her studies Bonelli received also important influences by Andrea Lieberknecht, Paul Meisen, Julien Beaudiment and Peter-Lukas Graf.
As a soloist Karin Bonelli won already several prizes, such as the KIWANIS cultural prize, the sponsorship prize of the Lions Club Nibelungen or four times the First National Prize of the Austrian music competition “Prima la musica”.
During her studies Bonelli discovered also her passion for the orchestra, as numerous engagements prove, e.g. at the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Orchestre National de France in Paris, Opéra National de Lyon, Wiener Symphoniker or the Vienna State Opera.
Since September 2012 Karin Bonelli is engaged as a second flute at the Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Wiener Philharmoniker, as the first female wind player in the long and rich history of this famous ensemble.
As a piccolo teacher she already gave several Masterclasses e.g. at the Musik und Kunst Private University Vienna and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique Paris. Since October 2017 she leads her own piccolo class at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of Piccolo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005. Since joining the CSO, Jennifer has been active in the orchestra’s contemporary music series MusicNow, youth programs, and has been a coach for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In addition to playing in the CSO, she has been a regular guest artist with Dempster Street Pro Musica, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Music of the Baroque Orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, Jennifer has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with various other orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Gunn made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May of 2008 playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major RV 443. She has also been a featured soloist on the MusicNow series playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes and has recently shared the CSO stage with her colleagues for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto’s No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5.
During her time away from the CSO, Jennifer has enjoyed participating in various music festivals including the Arizona Music Festival, St. Barth’s Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs. In addition to performing away from home, she teaches flute and piccolo in the summer at Orford Musique in Canada. (www.orford.mu)
Jennifer is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where she studied with Robert Langevin and Rhian Kenny. Her other teachers have included George Pope and Mary Kay Robinson and Mary Hannigan.
Pamela Stahel spent her youth in the USA. Growing up in a musical family, she began the violin at the age of five. Later after discovering the flute, she went on to earn a BM in music performance with Bernard Z.Goldberg, Soloflutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Studies with William Hebert, Julius Baker as well as masterclasses with Marcel Moyse furthered her education.
Her first orchestral experience included engagements with various American orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Canton & Akron Symphonies & Fort Wayne Philharmonic. After relocating in Switzerland, Ms.Stahel intensified her studies with Andre Jaunet while becoming an active freelancer. Invitations to guest with ensembles such as the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra followed. Her engagement with the Philharmonia Zurich; Zurich Opera Orchestra, began in 1991. Currently she works with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Zubin Metha, Bernard Haitink, Franz Welser-Most & Christoph von Dohnanyi. A passionate chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Labyrinth Ensemble, trio bleu, chamber soloists lucerne, the yofin ensemble & opera nova which involves premieres of contemporary works and crossover projects.
Ms.Stahel is devoted to furthering young musicians and has taught previously at the Music Conservatory of Lucerne and presently conducts a piccolo and chamber music class at the Zurich University of the Arts. She has also been invited to perform at the NFA Flute Convention in the USA as well as various festivals such as the Rheinau Summer Academy in Switzerland, The International Piccolo Festival in Grado, Italy and the Porto Flute Festival.
Giovanni Gandolfo was born in Enna in 1978.
In 1997 he is graduated in flute with the maximum of the votes.
In 1999 he brightly overcomes the contests of admission near the “Ecole Nationale De Musique Marcel Dupré” (Meudon) Paris resulting “Premier Nommé” (First Absolute Classified) and he enters to belong to the class of F. Veilhan.
In June 2001 achieves the “Premier Prix à l’unanimité” for the Flute and the “Premier Prix” for the Chamber Music, and in June 2002 the “Prix the Perfectionnement avec Mention Tres Bien” both for the Flute and for the Chamber Music.
He studied also with D. Formisano, J. Franz, R. Ghiani, M. Simeoli, S. Vella, M. Zoni.
In November 2000 he performs to the “II Convention Française de the Flute” (Paris) – Homage to Jean-Pierre Rampal – some World Premiere Compositions
He regularly collaborates with NDR Sinfonieorchester – Hamburg (Germany), Sächsische Staatskapelle – Dresden (Germany), Bamberger Symphoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester – Kӧln, Orchestra and Filarmonica of Teatro alla Scala – Milano, Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra of Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali – Milano, Orchestra of Opera di Roma, Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano, Orchestra of Teatro Massimo V.Bellini – Catania, Cyprus State Orchestra – Nicosia, Orchestra Chorus 14 – Paris (France).
He has played under the direction of the conductors: : Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Andrey Boreyko, Semyon Bychkov, Myung Whun Chung, Ottavio Dantone, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding,Thomas Hengelbrock, Alain Lombard, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Georges Prêtre, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Christian Thielemann, Michael Tilson Thomas.
He went in Tour in Austria, China, Korea, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, Spain, Swiss, Turkey.
He took part to Audio and Video Recording for many TV, Radio, CD and DVD projects.
Recently he recorded the Bruckner 1 Symphonie for a DVD with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann.
In 2017 he is invited to join the Bayreuther Festspieleorchester as Solo Piccolo.
He is invited to take part in the jury of the Conservatories of Music, as well as in the juries of important National Competitions.
Currently he has a contract as Solo Piccolo with the Staatskapelle Dresden.