Marina Piccinini's Studio consists of students from across the United States, Europe and Asia. With a fine balance of Undergraduate, Artist Diploma, Masters and Doctoral Degree students, the studio offers a wide range of musical thought and pratical application in private and master class settings.
Meghan Bennett is pursuing a Graduate Performance Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University studying with Marina Piccinini, having obtained her MM degree in 2012 at Peabody and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina where she studied with Jennifer Parker-Harley. Ms. Bennett joined the Flute Faculty of the Baltimore Symphony's Orch Kids program in 2012. She has performed in Master Classes for Bradley Garner, Carl Hall, Jeanne Baxtresser, Bonita Boyd, Amy Porter, Marya Martin, Aaron Goldman, Göran Marcusson, Leone Buyse, and Jean Ferrandis. Ms. Bennett has participated in summer programs such as the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes at the Peabody Conservatory, Bradley Garner International Flute Symposium, the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg, the National Music Festival, and the Panoramic Flutist. This past summer Ms. Bennett was Flute Fellow at the Marrowstone Music Festival where she studied with Jill Felber and Jeffery Zook.
Raoul Cho is pursuing an Artist Diploma Degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Marina Piccinini where he also received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. Born in South Korea, Raoul began playing the flute at age 11 under Jae Young Bae and continued his studies in Europe at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst under the late Wolfgang Schultz, solo flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and Raffael Leone, solo piccolo of the Vienna Symphony. A winner of the Ewha University & Kyung-Hyang News Paper Competition and Seoul National Flute Association Competition in Korea, he has also performed in master classes for Maxence Larrieu, Andras Adorjan, Jeffery Khaner, Gaspar Hoyos, Pierre-Yves Artaud and Claude Lefebre. Apart from traditional repertoire, Raoul takes particular interest in baroque music, and is pursuing a minor in Baroque flute with Gwyn Roberts at Peabody Institute. He is also dedicated to contemporary music, regularly performing new solo and chamber works by the Peabody’s composition students.
Amir Farsi started flute in the year 2007 and is currently studying under Marina Piccinini at Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University towards a Bachelor's of Music in Flute Performance. He has studied with Dr. John Barcellona, Isabelle Chapuis, Judy Lam and has played in masterclasses for Marina Piccinini--in the Marina Piccinini International Flute Masterclass, Robert Stallman, Christopher Lee, Carol Wincenc, Gerald Carey, Jerome Simas, Areon Flutes, and John Barcellona. Amir Farsi has held principal flute and piccolo positions in Peabody Institute's Concert Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the California State University, Bob Cole CM Wind Symphony, Bob Cole CM Symphony Orchestra, and San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nicholas Fitton is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the Peabody Institute in the studio of Marina Piccinini. He began his collegiate training with Bonita Boyd at the Eastman School of Music, where he performed regularly with the Eastman Philharmonia and the well known Eastman Wind Ensemble.
In 2009 he won the piccolo position for the groundbreaking YouTube Symphony Orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Returning to Boston in 2011, Nicholas participated in the Young Artist Studio and taught in the Teacher Training Program at the Boston Flute Academy, under the direction of Judy Grant. While in Boston, he continued his flute studies with Adam Workman. He has played in masterclasses for Elizabeth Rowe, Fenwick Smith, Geralyn Coticone, Leone Buyse, Cindy Meyers, Keith Underwood, Nina Assimakopoulos, and Doriot Dwyer.
Jared Harrison is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins with Marina Piccinini. He has performed in numerous venues as an orchestral flutist, including Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, The Mozarteum in Salzburg, and The Rudolfinum in Prague. Jared was Principal Flute of The Empire State Youth Orchestra as well as the NYSSSA Summer Orchestral Studies Program. He has performed in masterclasses with Jeanne Baxtresser, Linda Chesis, Bonita Boyd, Jean Ferrandis, Jeffrey Khaner, Jim Walker, Paula Robison, Gary Schocker, and James Galway among others. Mr. Harrison was the Winner of the Brass and Woodwind Division of the Westfield Symphony’s Stars of Tomorrow Concerto Competition, resulting in a concerto performance with the orchestra. He also won 2nd place in the Harrisburg Symphony’s Rising Stars Concerto Competition, Stefan Solo Competition with Schenectady Symphony, and ESYO’s Lois Lyman Concerto Competition. Jared was a 2011 YoungArts winner and recently took first prize in the Baltimore Music Club Competition. In 2012 he attended the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Germany and MIMU Festival Orchestra in Brazil. Previous teachers include Joanne Grigoriev and Jan Vinci.
Jihyun Joanne Park is a second year Master's Degree student studying with Marina Piccinini. She began playing flute at age 8 under her parents who are active flutists in South Korea. She continued her studies in France under Claudine Desjardins-Cloutour at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, receiving and her first diploma at age 13. A prize winner of National Flute Association High School Competition and New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, she began her studies in the United States under Bradley Garner at the Juilliard Pre-College. She continued studying with Dr. Garner at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory Of Music as an Honor Scholarship recipient where she received her Bachelors Degree. She was a participant at Academie Festival des Ares and Academie Internationale d'ete de Nice in France and has performed in Master Classes with Carol Wincenc, Jefferey Khaner and Ransom Wilson.
Chun-Jan “CJ” Young is a second-year master’s candidate and student of Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. CJ earned his bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he studied with Trudy Kane and also pursued a minor in German. Born in Taipei and raised in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai, he began musical studies on the piano at the age of 5 and the flute at the age of 8. CJ was the winner of the 2011 Imperial Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition in Lakeland, Florida, and he has performed in master classes for Leone Buyse, Jeffrey Khaner, Mark Sparks, Joshua Smith, Demarre McGill, and Jim Walker, among others. CJ was a participant and scholarship recipient at the 2013 Bay View Music Festival.