BIOGRAPHY


"Flautist Yu-Wei Hu was sublime and her handling of Gluck and Paganini, 
accompanied sensitively by guitarist Johan Löfving, was my personal highlight..."
-Tom Rhodes, Early Music Today



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Flauguissimo was founded by flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Löfving in 2008. They have performed at many prestigious venues including Kings Place and Cadogan Hall in London, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle and St George's Bristol. Recently Flauguissimo was invited to perform in the Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Hey-on-Wye Festival and Kings Lynn Festival; abroad they have performed in the Allsköns Music Festival in Sweden and the Bach Hall in Taiwan. As to education projects, Flauguissimo lead a contemporary music workshop at Bristol University in 2017 as well as early age educational workshops across the UK. Flauguissimo Duo was selected for Brighton Early Music Festival Live! 2012, International Guitar Foundation Young Artist Platform 2015 and Concordia Foundation Young Artists. Their performances were highly appreciated by both audience and music critics.

Beside Flauguissimo, Yu-Wei and Johan have won many prizes in prominent competitions, such as International Early Music Competition in Middelburg/The Netherlands 2011 and London International Guitar Competition 2012. They have performed at MuTh-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Radio France Festival at Montpellier, Palace of Versailles in France, BBC Proms 2012 at Cadogan Hall, Bachwoche Festival 2012 in Vienna, Carinthischer Sommer Festival 2014 in Austria and Opera Barga Festival 2015 in Italy. Their performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 & Radio 4, Radio France, Austrian Radio Ö1 and Swedish Radio P2.

Yu-Wei and Johan specializes in a historically-informed but yet lively and exciting interpretation of music. Their aim is to present a variety of music from the 18th and 19th centuries, as the intimate setting of flute and guitar flourished in the salon culture throughout Europe at the time. 


















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Yu-Wei Hu, baroque & classical flute


As both a recitalist and orchestral musician, Yu-Wei has performed baroque and classical flutes throughout the UK and Europe, including concerts at MuTH - Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben, Palace of Versailles, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, Handel House and Bath Abbey. She also performed in Radio France Festival 2012 at Montpellier, BBC Proms 2012 at Cadogan Hall, Bachwoche Festival 2012 in Vienna, Carinthischer Sommer Festival 2014 in Austria and Opera Barga Festival 2015 in Italy. Her performance has been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Radio France and Austrian Radio Ö1.

Yu-Wei has performed with many period chamber ensembles and orchestras, including Florilegium, London Handel Orchestra and The Hanover Band. Yu-Wei took part in the OAE Experience Scheme for Young Players in 2011 and Jeune Orchestre Altantique in France 2011-12. Her baroque group Ensemble de Trianon won Richard III Prize in RCM early music competition 2010 and was finalist in Fenton House Competition 2012. Les Nation Réunis, the other baroque ensemble she co-founded in 2010, is winner of the International Early Music Competition in Middelburg/The Netherlands 2011.

Yu-Wei was awarded a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University in 2004 and 2006. In the UK, Yu-Wei completed the Master in Performance programme with distinction at the RCM in 2010, after studying baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown, and modern flute with Susan Thomas and Daniel Pailthorpe. During this time, she was supported by the Kit and John Gander Award 2008-9, and the Taiwan Government Scholarship for Studying Abroad 2008-10.  Generously supported by a Parnassus Award, Yu-Wei continued her study at the RCM and was awarded an Artist Diploma degree in 2013.

 






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Johan Löfving, theorbo & romantic guitar


Since being a prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition 2012 Johan's solo recitals has taken him to some of the finest halls in Britain such as Kings Place and The Sage Gateshead, followed by celebrated chamber music recitals in major festivals such as Spitalfields, King's Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon and Brighton Early Music Festival. Abroad he has also had the honour to perform at the MuTH-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna and as well as the legendary Carinthischer Sommer Festival.

In 2011 Johan was awarded the First Prize in the Young Talent Concert at the Uppsala Guitar Festival in Sweden and the performance was recorded and broadcasted later by the Swedish Radio P2. The following year he was awarded the Jörgen Rörby Prize and the audience prize from the Swedish Guitar and Lute Society.

Apart from his long term work with Flauguissimo Duo, he has worked with some of the finest musicians, such as baritone Thomas Guthrie, tenor Rob Murray as well as pianist David Owen Norris, who invited him to take part in the 'Playlist Series' on BBC Radio 4. His passion for new music has resulted in several world premieres of both solo and chamber works, notably by the highly acclaimed British composer and guitarist Sam Cave.

Recently Johan graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan, theorbo with Jakob Lindberg and conducting with Natalia Luis-Bassa. At RCM he was awarded both the Guitar Prize and the Hilda Anderson Dean Prize. Johan currently continues his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Professor Robert Wolff and holds a scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.

Johan plays on a modern guitar made by the Norwegian Luthier Yngvar Thomassen, a theorbo by the German Luthier Wolfgang Emmerich and a French Tribout guitar from 1850.




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