New York City Flute Teachers
Alexandre Madeline studied classical saxophone at the Caen Conservatory, France. During this time, he played in many classical ensembles and had the chance to perform famous composer Eric Tanguy’s new original composition “Ritornello”, played for the first time worldwide. At this time, he studied ear training, classical singing, music history, tonal harmony and counterpoint. At the age of twenty, Alex got his classical saxophone Diploma (DEM). During this year, he started to practice jazz and play in different big bands and recorded for jazz, funk and pop music projects. But his greatest achievement was the successful run of his own project, the electro jazz quintet TBK, with whom he toured nationally in France, playing in some of France’s most prestigious jazz festivals (e.g. Jazz Sous Les Pommiers), opening for Maceo Parker’s concert at the Cargo in Caen.
After he got his classical diploma, Alexandre succeeded the audition for the Versailles Conservatory. There, he studied jazz with Sylvain Beuf, a famous French jazzman. He studied jazz harmony, arranging, and jazz saxophone. He stayed two years in Versailles Conservatory and got his Jazz Diploma (DEM). He played one concert with the NATO Jazz Orchestra (The OTAN Jazz Orchestra) in the Montanciers Theater of Versailles. During this time, he auditioned for the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and received the European scholarship in order to enter Berklee in January 2013.
At Berklee, Alexandre Madeline collaborated with pianist and Natioanl Artist Emil Afrasiyab and travelled to Azerbaijan for the Baku International jazz Festival 2013 where he shared the stage with Kenny Garret, Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and Bob James. They played at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall for Abdullah Ibrahim’s master class, at the Kursaal in Bern, Switzerland, Reims Jazz festival, France, Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz festival of Paris, France and Colmar jazz Festival, France Alexandre also performed with renowned Jazz trumpet player Terrence Blanchard and Bass player John Clayton with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra directed by Greg Hopkins.
After graduating from Berklee with a Performance Degree in May 2016, Alexandre Madeline moved to NYC were he is living now. In New York City, Alexandre performed many jazz shows with different artists included Clemens Grassmann, Fabio Giaccalone , Margot Sergent, Chris McCarty, Nick Dunson, Matthew Snow and more.
Justin Lee, originally from Washington State, is currently principal flutist of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and has appeared in the NYC area with Litha Symphony Orchestra, Utopia Opera, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and as concerto soloist with the Manhattan Wind Ensemble. Beginning with the 2018 season, Justin is Principal Flutist of the New York Chamber Player's Orchestra. In the San Francisco Bay Area from 2008-2014, Justin was a founding member of the chamber group Nonsemble 6, a contemporary ensemble praised for its renditions of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in fully staged, costumed, and memorized performances. Justin has performed with the Napa Music Festival Opera, Opera Academy of California, Magik*Magik Orchestra, and One Found Sound. Other highlights include appearances at the Festival of French Classical Music of Silicon Valley, the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, the Kennedy Center in D.C., and Other Minds Festival. While a master’s student studying with Timothy Day, Justin won the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition and was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Flute. Justin also won the Western Washington University Concerto Competition, top prizes in the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Soloist Competition and Bellingham Music Club Competition, and has appeared twice as a semi-finalist in the Myrna Brown Artist Competition. Justin can be heard on the albums of Gem Club and How to Dress Well; in Naxos recordings of the Kreutzer Violin Concertos featuring Axel Strauss; and on bass clarinet duo Sqwonk’s album Sqwonk+. Justin’s primary teachers are Timothy Day, Zart Dombourian-Eby, and Lisa McCarthy.
Passionate about education, Justin co-created a flute/harp/horn trio for San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program and performed interactive classical music concerts for nearly ten thousand students in public schools. As a private instructor, Justin's teaching philosophy is one of combining the traditional goal of developing classical flute technique with the unique interests and strengths of the individual student.
Flutist Xuan Li made her first professional debut in Hunan at the age of eleven in a performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major. She has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras ever since including the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Fushan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Changsha Arts School Orchestra. Ms. Li has won several awards including the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the University of Wyoming Jacob’s Concerto Competition, the China Woodwind Competition, the Hunan Winds Competition and the Chinese Young Artists Competition and was also selected as a finalist of 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions. Additionally, she was selected to perform in the honors convocation of the China Woodwind Competition as the exceptional winner that year. In 2008, she was invited to represent Mainland China in a performance of the “Concert of Chinese Exceptional Flutists of Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao” in Hong Kong. Furthermore she was granted the Excellent Musician Award of Xinghai Conservatory in 2009.
Li has held principal positions in numerous orchestras including the Fushan Philharmonic, the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the UW Wind Symphony, the Xinghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and the Xinghai Conservatory Flute Ensemble. Li has also held substitute positions for flute and piccolo in the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra during the 2008-2009 concert season. Ms. Li was a member of the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble and she maintains an active role in her duo with pianist and composer Ying Zheng and has toured throughout Southern China with Zheng as well as with her acclaimed flute, violin and piano trio. Additionally, her woodwind quintet “Spring” has performed all over the Northwest USA since their formation in 2009 and her flute quartet served as guest artists at the Hong Kong Flute Academy.
An advocate of contemporary music, Xuan Li is constantly working with composers to commission and premiere new works. In 2011 she was invited to collaborate with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon in the Western Premiere Tour and recording of her new work O’Magnum Mysterium. She has premiered numerous works by composers in both the USA and China, including works for solo flute/piccolo and piano as well as chamber and orchestral works. Mrs. Li held faculty position at the Eastman Community Music School from 2014-2017 where she served as the Director of the New Horizons (NH) Flute Ensemble, and as the NH Flute Mentor. She also gave masterclasses in China. She is active as a music educator and served as the Music Director for the Chinese School of Rochester’s youth choir. She held several teaching assistantships during her studies including positions at the University of Wyoming and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Li holds a Master of Music Performance degree from Arizona State University where she studied under renowned flutist Dr. Elizabeth Buck. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China and a Performance Certificate from the University of Wyoming.