4th World Flute E-Competition 2023


The “Napolinova World Flute E-Competition” is created with the goal of providing young flutists with an opportunity to show their creativity. The World Flute E-Competition is born in the 2020, during period pandemic, that has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals, and live competitions. Young artists have continued to work hard and we want to give them a chance to present themselves and their progress. This Competition is organized by “Napolinova”, a musical association that has for more than twenty years engaged in the promotion of young artists through the creation of musical events. The jury members reside on different continents, but each is known worldwide. We will avail ourselves of their great experience and expertise and ensure that the whole process is fair and transparent. Winners will receive wide exposure through broadcasts, social media, and even live concerts, to help their artistic career. Scholarships and concerts will be awarded at winners. Ex-aequo are allowed. In case of ex-aequo, the scholarships will be divided. At the conclusion of the competition, participants who do not win prizes can choose whether to make their videos public, or keep them unlisted. The winners must immediately go on YouTube or YouKu and make sure their videos’ settings are switched to “public”. Those videos will be posted on the “Napolinova” Association’s Facebook Page and in social the jury members. 



A) flutists born from 01/01/2007 and younger. Video duration max 5 minutes
B) flutists born from 01/01/2002 and younger. Video duration max 10 minutes
C) flutists born from 01/01/1993 and younger. Video duration max 15 minutes

Contestants may choose to apply to any one category, so long as they are not older than the age limit.



Certificates at winners and also at teachers

The winners the online concert will be awarded the chance to perform a live-streamed concert from a location of their choice. Duration will depend on their age. prize and repertoire.
Prize winners may decide to record a performance instead of streaming it live. Either the live or the recorded performance will be published on the "Napolinova" Facebook page, and on the Facebook, WeChat, YouTube, or Youku platforms of the jury members.

Application Fees

Cat. A: € 40 - Cat. B: € 70 - Cat. C: € 100

Applications must be received in full. Any bank fees must be paid by the sender,
or the application will be deemed not valid.

(in alphabetical order)


A charismatic and versatile flutist, Nicole Esposito is the flute professor and head of the woodwind area at The University of Iowa School of Music, where she is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Collegiate Teaching Award, and also serves as Visiting Professor at the University of Chile. She has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level having been featured across the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia. Esposito has performed at flute festivals and events around the world including fifteen National Flute Association Conventions, the Oklahoma Flute Fair, Florida Flute Convention, Flute Society of Kentucky Festival, Wisconsin Flute Festival, West Virginia Flute Fling, Iowa Flute Festival, Atlanta Flute Festival, the LA Flute Guild Festival, San Francisco International Flute Festival, The Texas Summer Flute Symposium, FLUTISSIMO!, NSU Flute Workshop, Festival Virtuosi, Brazil, the International Flute Festival sponsored by the Brazilian Flute Association, the Santa Maria International Winter Festival, Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy, the Panama Flute Festival, the International Flute Festival of Costa Rica, the Spanish National Flute Convention, Bogotá Flute Festival, the International Flute Congress of Argentina, Chilean Flute Encounter, the European Piccolo Festival in Slovenia, International Piccolo Festival in Italy, the Adams Flute Festival in Holland, Flute Forum in Luxembourg, the Canadian Flute Convention, and the British Flute Society Convention among others. In addition to her teaching position at The University of Iowa, Professor Esposito has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and held guest-teaching residencies at the University of Michigan, West Virginia University and the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. She has given numerous master classes at prestigious universities and conservatories in the United States and abroad including Rice University, the Peabody Institute, the Geneva Conservatory, Royal Danish Academy, Madrid Royal Conservatory, Mannheim Hochshule, Shanghai Normal University and many others. As an orchestral musician, Esposito has performed under some of the worlds leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, and Robert Spano. Former principal flute with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Youngstown (OH) Symphony, and the Johnstown and Westmoreland (PA) Symphony Orchestras. Esposito has held the Piccolo Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and has also been Principal Flute of the Ohio Light Opera. She has participated in a number of other music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the National Orchestral Institute. Professor Esposito holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan. She has been a finalist or prizewinner in several prestigious competitions including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist, Piccolo Artist, and Orchestral Competitions, the WAMSO Competition sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition. Additionally, she has published articles on Banddirector.com, The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Focus and Flute Talk Magazines and can be heard on the Albany Records, MSR Classics and Con Brio Recordings labels. Her primary flute teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Amy Porter, Marianne Gedigian, Jennifer Steele, and Catherine Payne, with additional study with Mark Sparks, Alberto Almarza, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer. Nicole Esposito is Miyazawa Performing Artist.


Korean born flutist Soyoung Lee has finished her studies in America (Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University). She had been a principal flute of the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra for 18 years(1993-2011). She has played many recitals and concertos with major orchestra including Ensemble of Tokyo at Kiyoii Hall in 2012 . She has been a jury member of the Israel Haifa international flute competition, the 2nd Beijing-Nicolet international flute competition and the 9th Kobe International Flute Competition. In 2019, She was a jury member of Carl Nielsen International Competition in Denmark. So far, she has released 3 Solo and concerti CD from Skarbo, France and Bach Brandenbourg concerti from EMI Korea. She is a professor of Seoul Central Conservatory and also teaches Seoul arts highschool and Yewon school of arts.


Andrea Manco - Biografia First Flute of the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala and of the Scala Philharmonic since 2015. He studied atthe "Tito Schipa" conservatory in Lecce under the guidance of Luigi Bisanti, graduating at 16 with fullmarks and honors. He studied at the Academy of Imola with Persichilli, Mercelli and Cambursano, inFlorence with Marasco and at the "Conservatoire Superieure de Musique" in Geneva with Jacques Zoon. Considered one of the most brilliant flutists of his generation, he obtained prizes in the major internationalflute competitions: "Francesco Cilea" of Palmi, "Leonardo De Lorenzo" of Viggiano, Yamaha MusicFoundation of Milan, "Emanuele Krakamp" of Naples, "Pellegrini ”Of Cagliari, the XXXVIII InternationalCompetition of Budapest and the First“ Maxence Larrieu ”International Flute Competition in Nice. In 2002he was chosen by Riccardo Muti as the first flute of the "Luigi Cherubini" Youth Orchestra, which hecreated. In 2003, at the age of 20, he obtained the position of first flute in the Orchestra of the Teatro Regioof Turin conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. He was invited, as first guest flute, by the orchestras: MaggioMusicale Fiorentino, Opera di Roma, Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Hungarian National Philharmonic, NoordNederlands Orkest, Symphonica Toscanini conducted by Lorin Maazel, touring Europe, USA, Japan, Chinaand Israel. He also has, as a soloist and chamber musician, concerts in numerous Italian and internationalfestivals; in 2018 he was invited to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Herecorded for Warner Music, Brilliant Classics, Decca, Sony and for the CD’s of the music magazine Syrinx, Amadeus and Falaut. He teaches flute at the "Incontri col Maestro" International Academy in Imola and at the Teatro alla Scala Academy. .


Moscow born flutist Irina Stachinskaya came from a family of distinguished musicians. She was accepted at an early age into the prestigious Gnessin Academy of Music where she studied until 2010 under the tutelage of Professor Valdimir Kudya. In addition, she is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot (assistant of Jean Ferrandis) where she was awarded prestigious Le diplôme supérieur de concertiste à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury. While at Gnessin, Irina was the recipient of numerous awards including the “golden trophy” awarded to her ensemble KUI in the 2nd International Web Concert Hall Competition (New York 2009), first prize in the classical Heritage Competition (Moscow 2004), first prize in Musicalia (Athens 2000). In 2003, at age 14, she was awarded the position of principal flute with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and in 2006, at age 17, she was awarded position of co-principal flute with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Following graduation from Gnessin, Miss Stachinskaya has maintained a robust schedule of solo and chamber performances, master classes and competitions throughout Russia, Asia, and Europe. Irina has been invited as guest soloist to the International Festival and Master Class of Sir James Galway in Wegiss. In 2010, she was awarded the Rising Star Series Prize by Sir James Galway, and in 2011, she was awarded third prize in the 2nd Maxence Laurreiu Flute International Competition held in Nice, France. Miss Stachinskaya’s performances have included a concert with Davide Formisano and Cameristi della Scala in the Tchaikovsky Concert hall in Moscow. She has had numerous solo performances with multiple orchestras including New Russia Orchestra (chief conductor Yuri Bashmet), President Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic (maestro Thomas Sanderling), Saint Petersburg Symphonietta (maestro Fabio Mastrangelo), and the New Opera Orchestra named after Eugeniy Kolobov. Since 2014, she has been invited for annual touring of Japan and South Korea. In 2014, Irina became a Powell Artist and performed her solo debut at the National Flute Association in Chicago with pianist Phillip Moll and flutist Jean Ferrandis. In 2015, she was invited back to the US to perform in the Opening Gala concert which included 2000 flutists from around the world. In May 2016, in collaboration with Phillip Moll Miss Stachinskaya released her first solo album under the Russian label Melodia Records. After leaving her position at the Moscow Philharmonic orchestra in March 2017, Irina enjoys a very rich solo career popularizing flute as a solo instrument in Russia and abroad. She has performed in collaboration with renowned musicians including Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Dmitry Kogan, Magda Amara, Harriet Krijgh, Basinia Shulman, Arthur Jussen, Amalia Hall, Alexandr Gindin, Pauline Sachse, Julia Hagen, Davide Formisano, Jean Ferrandis, Cammeristi della Scala, and others. In March 2018, Irina appeared with Mariinsky orchestra in Saint Petersburg at the « Virtuous of the flute » festival.


Seijun Takahashi was born in Tokyo, and started playing the flute at the age of 15. Seijun graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with the highest marks and was awarded the Yatabe Prize, where he won the Japan Woodwind Competition, KYOTO Art Festival flute competition, currently known as BIWAKO International flute competition, Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, etc. After which he continued his studies in Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart since 1999. In 2001, Seijun joined the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra becoming Associate Principal the following year and Principal flute from 2012. He is dedicated chamber musician and soloist, has won first prize at the 12th Biwako International Flute Competition in 2007. He has given concert performances Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299, Otaka – Flute Concerto op.30b and J.S.Bach – Overture No.2 BWV 1067 with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Mozart – Flute Concerto G-dur KV313 with Wiener Kammerorchester in 2017 to great acclaim. In March 2020, Seijun left the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra to become an Associate Professor for flute at the Kunitachi College of Music. He studied under Taro Otomo, Akiyoshi Okazaki, Jean Claude Gerard and the late Paul Meisen.

4th World Flute E-Competition 2023