In demand flautist Emma Halnan first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. In the grand final, she broadcast Reinecke's flute concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales live on BBC television and radio. Since then, she has gone on to perform at many of the major UK venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s "Friday Night is Music Night" as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Emma has also appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the European Union Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and the Welsh Sinfonia. She recently won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM. As a result, she will record and broadcast on Classic FM a piece specially composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins.

Emma is currently principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra, and has also recently performed as guest principal of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she recorded Bruckner: Symphony no. 2 with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy of Music Soloists’ Ensemble; this disk has now been released on Linn Records. She also recently recorded flute trios with William Bennett and Lorna McGhee; this disk is due to be released later in 2016.

In recital, she has appeared with pianist Daniel King Smith since 2008. They have performed at venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Benslow Music Trust, Bath International Music Festival and Fairfield Hall. Their future engagements include a tour of recitals for “Concerts in the West”, and a recital at the 2016 “La Côte” International Flute Festival, Switzerland. Emma also works regularly with harpist Heather Wrighton and violist Joe Bronstein (the Aurora Trio); they have appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, St. James's Piccadilly and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They have been awarded a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2014-16, and also work together as Live Music Now artists.

Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill. She previously learnt with Anna Pope at the Purcell School of Music, where she won the 2010 Fenton Leavers’ Award, and continues to study privately with Robert Winn. Emma has been generously supported the Hattori Foundation and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She also won the 2014 Kenneth Loveland Gift and is a City Music Foundation Artist. 

Emma Halnan
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