Dutch flautist FELIX NIËL is quickly establishing himself as a leading light among the flute players of his generation. Through his sincere, yet innovative, approach to music, he seeks to connect with and involve audiences in the inspiring world of music. Together with Spanish pianist Carla Fernàndez Boix, exciting programmes and collaborations are in constant development, crossing borders within the world of the arts.
Felix recently moved to Oslo to further his studies at Barratt Due musikkinstitutt and Högskolan för scen och musik in Gothenburg. In 2014, he graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Bachelor of Music with 1st class Honours, where he subsequently went on to attain the International Artist Diploma as a John Halsall Scholar the following year. As a soloist, Felix has won several awards, including the Dr William Dobie Award, Pat Barney Award, the RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion Solo Competition, and was also a prize winner at the 2015 Dutch International Flute Competition.
CLARA FERNANDEZ BOIX, PIANO has established herself as a versatile and dynamic performer who enjoys interpreting music from a wide range of styles including contemporary music.
A Catalan pianist, Carla Fernandez Boix was born in 1988 and went on to study in Barcelona with Sebastian Colombo. Highlights of her early career include winning two International Competitions, Young Musicians of Catalonia and Concerto Competition Felip Pedrell, performing Beethoven’s Concerto no.1 with Ostia Chamber Orchestra, performing with members of the National Orchestra of Catalonia and giving recitals in the most prestigious halls in Catalonia; the Enric Granados Concert Hall in Lleida and AXA Concert Hall in Barcelona.
In 2007 Carla moved to Utrecht in the Netherlands to study piano at Utrechts Conservatoire with pianist Alan Weiss. Three years later she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours. At this time she was invited by the Conservatory to represent them as a candidate for the position of Artist in Residence at the National Youth Orchestra of Holland. Carla has also performed in the Stopera Concert Hall in Amsterdam with cellist Jan Bastiaan Neven.
After having established a concert career in both Spain and Holland, Carla decided to study in the United Kingdom. In 2010 she moved to Manchester to study a Master’s Degree in Solo Performance at the RNCM under the tutelage of Helen Krizos from which she graduated with high distinction in June 2012. In England, Carla had the opportunity to perform in Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. She was also chosen to represent the RNCM as a performer of contemporary music in the Future Everything festival, in the NJO Summer Academy (Holland) and at the Southbank Centre in London.