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Alena Walentin (formerly Lugovkina), former student of William Bennett OBE, is an outstanding young concert flautist, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Artist of Altus Flutes.
Alena is the recipient of numerous prizes, including first prizes at the British Flute Society’s Competition, 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.
Alena has performed with leading figures in the flute world, including Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, Lorna McGhee and Denis Bouriakov. She has performed solo works with orchestras such as Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra and has played 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, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria and Spain.
Alena started her music education at the Gnesins Special Music School (college) in Moscow at the age of 7. After finishing at the Gnesins School with highest mark of her year, Alena went on to study in London with Professor William Bennett OBE (flute) and Patricia Morris (piccolo). Alena graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with the highest woodwind exam mark in 2011. 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. In 2014 she was selected to be an Artist Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.