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.
Drew Dardis is a freshman at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance under the instruction of Marina Piccinini. Former teachers include Professor Laurel Zucker in California and piccolo under Stephanie McNab of the San Francisco Opera. Drew has been an active flutist in multiple Sacramento-based troupes, combos, and large ensembles. He held the principal flute and piccolo positions of the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra for three consecutive years, has been a guest soloist and substitute player with the Sierra Winds Symphony, and served as the principal flutist of two wind quintets and two chamber orchestras. Drew Dardis currently plays in one of Peabody’s woodwind quintets and is co-principal flute of both the Peabody Wind Ensemble and the Peabody Modern Orchestra.
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.
Gyuri Kim is a sophomore 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.
David Le is pursuing a Master of Music degree with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Kim McCormick. David won the Florida Flute Association’s 2014 College Young Artist Competition and was awarded the National Flute Association’s 2011 Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, as well as a grant from the Friends of Flutes Foundation. A dedicated teacher, he serves on the flute faculty of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids. David is a Miyazawa Emerging Artist.
Seungmin Oh, born in Korea, is studying with Marina Piccinini at Peabody Conservatory in the Artist Diploma Program. She is a graduate of Seoul National University under the tutelage of Hyeri Yoon. She came to the United States in 2012 to continue her studies at Carnegie Mellon University as a full scholarship student in Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza’s studio in the Certificate Program and graduated Master of Music Degree Program. Seungmin has won numerous competitions including TBC (Tae Gu Broadcast Competition), Ewha Competition and Music Journal Competition. Additionally, she has won top prizes in Yewon Chamber Music Performance Competition, Korean Music Association Competition and Herald Competition. Also, she has won the PCS (Pittsburgh Concert Society) competition and performed in the Winner’s recital. She performed as a soloist with Seoul Arts High School Orchestra and Kangnam Symphony Orchestra. She also has held principal flute positions in Seoul Arts High School Orchestra and Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra. Seungmin has had the privilege of playing in Masterclasses with world-renowned artists including Philippe Bernold, Peter-Lucas Graf and Emanuel Pahud. She has participated in Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice, Orford Music Academy and Tongyeong International Music Festival. Also, she participated in the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara in 2013.
Kah Yun Song
Kah Yun Song is pursuing her Graduate Performance Degree at the Peabody Conservatory, and recently earned her Master of Music degree while studying with Marina Piccinini. 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.