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.
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.
Louna Dekker-Vargas is pursuing a double degree in Flute Performance at Peabody Institute studying with Marina Piccinini and French Literature at Johns Hopkins University. Previously she has studied under Helen Campo, Emily Skala, and Laurie Sokoloff, and has performed in masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud, Phillipe Bernold, Vincent Lucas, Sophie Cherrier, Jan Vinci, Jeffrey Khaner, Kazuo Tokito and Carol Wincenc. She has attended the NYSSSA Orchestral Studies program, Domaine Forget summer session, and the Academie Internationale de Nice Festival.
Ms. Dekker has received multiple grants and awards, including the Rex T.Chao Memorial Music award, the Hopkins Homewood Music Scholarship, and consecutive grants from the Friends of Flute Foundation. A native New Yorker, she has performed professionally in various cultural centers, including the Westbeth art gallery, the Forbes Art Gallery, the Seventh day Adventist Church of Greenwich Village, the NY Union Theological Seminary, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She is passionate about exploring new music and the overlapping worlds of literature, society and music.
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.
Gyuri Kim is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Flute Performance under Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Born in South Korea, She began playing flute at age 10 with Joo Hee Lee. She has performed as soloist with the Gurisi Symphony and the Russia National Broadcasting Symphony. She has played in master classes for Michel Moragues, Mathieu Dufour, Julien Beaudiment, Sandrine Tilly, Silvia Careddu and Jose-Daniel Castellon.
Kah Yun Song
Kah Yun Song is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree as a student of Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory. A graduate of the Suwon University, she has won the Seoul Arts Music Competition, the Yea-Jun music competition and the Concours music education newspaper in her native Korea. She has attended the Academie Internationale de Nice working with Davide Formisano, and has also performed in master classes for Jeanne Baxtresser, James Walker, Alberto Almarza, Peter Lukas graf, Julien Beaudiment, Andras Adorjan, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Michel Moragues, Karl Heinz Schutz, and William Bennett.
Kelly Sulick is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute, and holds a MM from the University of Southern California, and a BM and BA from the University of Michigan.. Ms. Sulick teaches flute at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony. Prior to her appointment, she spent three seasons as Principal Flute in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville. A frequent performer, Ms. Sulick won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.