The Players

Although we play as a quintet there are more than five flautists who play with the London Flute Quintet.

The line up for the next few concerts is Nili Newman, Corinne Larzul, Derek Benton, Liz Cutts and Dan Dixon

Nili Newman

During her professional career, Nili Newman performed regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Halle Orchestra and Royal Opera House Orchestras . She trained on a full merit scholarship at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with legendary flautist Julius Baker, and at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett, winning top prizes at numerous competitions including the Kuhlau International Flute Competition, Concert Artists Guild Competition ( New York) and the British Flute Society Competition and performing as a soloist and chamber musician at the Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall

Nili retrained to be a lawyer in 2006 and now works as a consultant for a North London property firm; playing the flute with friends for the love of it but mainly devoting her time to her two young children and their new puppy.

Corinne Larzul

Corinne was born in San Francisco, USA and has a French father and an American mother. She began to play the flute at the age of nine and later studied music with Isabelle Chapuis-Starr at San Jose State University where she gained her Bachelor’s degree in Flute in 2003 and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Undergraduate in the School of Music.’ In 2006 she was awarded her Master’s degree in Flute Performance at the University of North Texas, having studied with Mary Karen Clardy. Following her intensive studies in the USA, Corinne moved to London where she has been living and performing for the past eleven years.

She is principal flautist of the Collaborative Orchestra with whom she performed in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent and competed on the German television programme, Showtime. Corinne also regularly plays with the London City Philharmonic, I Maestri, and the Ernest Read Orchestra. As a soloist, Corinne performs with renowned concert pianist Anthony Adkins with whom she has played in the UK, France and Poland. Additionally, Corinne teaches woodwinds at various educational institutions and is Artist-in-Residence for ARK schools.

Dan Dixon

Dan grew up in Manchester and studied with Roger Rostron of the Hallé and in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.  After university he studied as a post graduate associate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  He teaches the flute and plays with several London ensembles including the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and Kensington Symphony Orchestra.

Derek Benton

Derek is principal flute of the West London Sinfonia and the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, and also the flute player with the Aspidistra Concert Room Orchestra, a London-based chamber group. He studied flute at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music under the tuition of Alan Lockwood from the BBC Philharmonic. Recent performances include the Poulenc Flute Sonata (with orchestral accompaniment) and the Nielsen Flute Concerto, along with various chamber and solo recitals, including at St Mary’s Perivale, the Edinburgh Festival, Leeds Castle, Burgh House and Lauderdale House.

Liz Cutts

Liz studied at the Royal College of Music and more recently with Philippa Davies. She has played with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and is principal flute of the London Repertoire Orchestra, with whom she recently performed the UK premier of the Weinberg Flute Concerto and Mozart’s Concerto in G. Liz is a regular recital player with pianists Kanae Furamoto and Tatiana Adrianova.

Michael Liu

Michael is a much sought after, prize winning young flautist. At the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), where he studied with William Bennett O.B.E., Kate Hill and Patricia Morris (piccolo), his prizes included the Nicholas Blake Prize, June-Emerson Launchpad Prize and he was semi-finalist in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition.

Prior to the RAM Michael received numerous accolades and qualifications in the USA and Taiwan.

Michael was second prize winner at the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition in 2013 and has been named International Artist by the Concordia Foundation. Michael is fast achieving recognition as an international soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He has performed with many revered conductors, orchestras and ensembles in 45 cities around the globe. For a full C.V. see Michael Liu’s website

Mike Copperwhite

Mike is principal flute with the Orchestra of St Pauls, The Corinithian Chamber Orchestra and Kensington Symphony Orchestra. He studied flute with Richard Dobson and Alexa Turpin at the Royal College of Music, and more recently with Lynda Coffin. Recent performances have included Mozart’s Flute Concerto and the Bach Suite, and recitals at St Brides and St James’s Piccadilly

Rosalind Ridout

A music graduate of the University of Cambridge, Rosalind previously spent a year studying at the Guildhall School of Music with Philippa Davies, and is currently pursuing her Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music, learning with Laura Jellicoe, Paul Edmund Davies, Josh Batty, and baroque flute with Stephen Preston.

Rosalind’s performance interests lie primarily in the baroque and contemporary repertories. She has played in workshops with ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the Britten Sinfonia, and has worked with numerous composers, including Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Eyvind Gulbrandsen. While she devotes much of her time to chamber music, primarily with Endlienta Baroque and SHOAL, an experimental quartet, Rosalind is also deeply committed to musical outreach and has been involved in a great variety of projects, including in nursery schools and prisons.

Rosalind is very grateful to ABRSM for supporting her postgraduate studies.