Rachel Brown, flautist

As a player heavily involved in the historical performance movement, I guess my path has always diverged from a conventional view of ‘success’. I believe it is vital to do whatever we do to the very best it could be done, whether that be performing, teaching, researching.

Adria Foster, flautist

Learn from everyone around you. Be open-minded, be appreciative of the talents of others, and accept loss and disappointment as an opportunity to grow and improve.

Tara Helen O’Connor, flautist

a complete immersion into the art of music. Everyone helps each other and the performances are utterly exhilarating. Music@Menlo is like food for the musical soul. You leave a better musician, enriched and fulfilled.

Sara Minelli, flautist

Who or what inspired you to take up the flute and pursue a career in music? My parents aren’t musicians so those who inspired me have been my music teachers in Montepulciano (Siena -Tuscany), where I lived. First of all they chose me to be part of a children’s choir for a festival founded and directed by the composer Hans Werner Henze, who lived in the same town. My first musical experience ever was…

Alena Walentin, flautist

Life becomes much brighter and more colourful when one lets music into their heart and I feel so lucky to be a musician to let these wonderful miracles happen.

Katherine Bryan, flautist

Play music first and your instrument second. Don’t let the difficulties or limitations of an instrument dictate what you say with it.