Episode 4: flautists Jenna Choi and Jenny Fan

L-R: Flautists Jenna Choi and Jenny Fan. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

This week on The Talent is a double-flute bill featuring performances from flautists Jenna Choi and Jenny Fan. With works from Debussy, Sancan, Franck, and Prokofiev – Jenna and Jenny will each perform live before receiving on-air feedback from Dean Sky-Lucas and guest mentor Derek Jones. Continue reading to learn more about Jenna and Jenny.

Flautist Jenna Choi

Flautist Jenna Choi
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Jenna Choi is a Melbourne-based flautist.

She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and has recently completed a First Class Honours degree at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Mardi McSullea. 

Throughout her studies, Jenna’s passion for the flute was truly ignited. She is fascinated by the flute’s ability to tell a story through its colours and inflections.

Jenna is an avid lover of orchestral music, and has performed as principal flute of the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. A memorable performance is Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, under the baton of Richard Davis.

Jenna has also performed in masterclasses by Michel Bellavance, Prudence Davis and Trevor Wye in England.

In 2016, Jenna was the recipient of the Premier’s VCE Award for Music Investigation and the John Hopkins Music Award presented by VCASS. Over the following years, she was awarded the AG McMillen Arts Trust, the Ellinor Gertrude Harris Bequest, and the Bebbington Prize, presented by the University of Melbourne.

In addition to performing, Jenna enjoys teaching music to young children. Jenna strives to help them discover their love of music, just like the way her teachers have guided her throughout her musical journey.

Jenna will perform:

  • P.Sancan: Sonatine for Flute and Piano
  • C.Debussy: Beau Soir

With associate artist Peter de Jager.

Flautist Jenny Fan

Flautist Jenny Fan
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Jenny currently studies the flute with Wendy Clarke and has also studied with Paula Rae. In 2021, she completed licentiate diplomas in flute (LTCL with distinction & LMusA) and won first prize in the Boroondara Eisteddfod Woodwind Open. Jenny previously learnt the piano for many years, completing her piano AMusA in 2008 at the age of 13. She is an avid musical theatre enthusiast and is also currently learning singing.  

Jenny is particularly passionate about the duo sonata repertoire. She has recently been exploring some of her favourite duo sonatas by Franck, Brahms, Prokofiev, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Grieg. Jenny is an actuary, specialising in general insurance and accident compensation. 

Jenny will perform:

  • C.Franck: Sonata in A Major (Mvt. 3: Recitativo-Fantasia)
  • S.Prokofiev: Sonata in D Major (Mvt. 2: Scherzo)

With associate artist Leigh Harrold.

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