Biography – Alena Lugovkina

Flautist Alena Lugovkina is a recipient of numerous prizes such as the First prize at the British Flute Society’s Competitions, Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and the Royal Academy of Music’s flute competition. She has also won several prestigious awards including a Worshipful Company of Musicians shared recital, a Hattori Foundation Award, a Leverhulme Trust Award, a Philharmonia MMSF Award and a Wolfson Foundation Award.

Alena has performed joint recitals with such big figures in the flute world as Emmanuel Pahud and Denis Bouriakov. She has 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, Japan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria and Spain.
Alena graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 with the highest woodwind exam mark, having studied with 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 and Sharon Williams.

Alena is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader, keen to share her knowledge and experience with the younger generation. In summer 2015 she was invited to be a flute professor at the Ponte Cultura summer festival in Corsica (France). In 2014 we was a coach at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and gave masterclasses at Conservatoire of Music and Theatre in Porto (Portugal) followed by a series of solo concerts. This upcoming March she was invited to give masterclasses and concerts at several universities in the United States, as well as performing flute&harp concerto in Pittsburgh. 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 and has been a teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School. Recently she has been appointed flute teacher at the City University London.

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

Alena is also a flautist of the Atéa Wind Quintet. They are now the Associate Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire (since 2012) and Ensemble in Residence at The Purcell School. They have been selected for Tunnell’s Trust, Kirckman Society and Live Music Now schemes and have given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, The Brighton Festival and Cheltenham Festival. Their future engagements include recital at the Blackheath Hall and tours of Scotland and England. Their latest success was winning 3rd prize and Special Prize at The Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen (Denmark)