Biography – Alena Walentin

Alena Walentin (former Lugovkina) is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Artist Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 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.

Soloist:

Alena Walentin performed joint recitals with such big figures in the flute world as Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett and Denis Bouriakov. 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 performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, King’s Place and at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has played recitals in Canada, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain.

Education:

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, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke, Christopher Green, Sharon Williams.

Professor and teacher:

Mrs Walentin is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader. She is keen to share her knowledge and experience with younger generation. In summer 2014 Mrs Walentin was invited to be a coach at the International Music Festival in Switzerland “Verbier Festival” Chamber Week and gave masterclasses at ESMAE (Conservatoire of Music and Theatre) in Porto (Portugal) followed by series of solo concerts. She is a visiting tutor and chamber music coach at the Birmingham Conservatoire, The Purcell School, London Russian Music School and the Junior Royal Academy of Music, has been teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School and in 2015 been appointed a Flute teacher (VHPT) at the London City University. 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 1st 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.

Orchestra:

Alena appeared as a Guest Principal with the Covent Garden Orchestra (Royal Opera House) Philharmonia Orchestra, MusicAeterna, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and is on extra lists with The Hàlle Orchestra, Royal Birmingham Ballet, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), Orpheus Sinfonia, London Mahler Orchestra and Britten-Pears Orchestra and Orchestra of Academy Ossiach (Austria).

Chamber musician:

Chamber music is a big part of Mrs Walentin’s life and career. She works regularly with Niklas Walentin (violin, Denmark), Pavel Timofeyevsky (piano, Russia), Anne Denholm (harp), Viv McLean (piano), Tiago Gomes (guitar), Milos Milivojevic (accordion) and other.

Alena is also a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet, Associate Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire (since 2012) and Ensemble in Residence at The Purcell School.