A native from Madrid (Spain), Gemma Goday is a freelance flutist in both modern and historical flutes now based in Seattle (WA). She is the flute soloist, founding member and artistic operations manager of Grup Mixtour, a modern ensemble which looks for a new conception of the classical concert form. As founder and principal flute of El Teatre Instrumental, a period orchestra inspired in classical tradition, she looks for an active communication with the audience.

She holds three Bachelor degrees: flute performance from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Zaragoza (Spain), Baroque flute performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague, Netherlands) and French Philology from the Universidad de Alicante (Spain). She studied a Master of Early Music in Baroque flute performance at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). Gemma has received valuable input from Kate Clark, Wilbert Hazelzet, Marc Hantaï, Kersten McCall and Lorenzo Coppola.

Gemma has more than 10 years of experience as flute instructor. Currently on leave of absence, she is on the flute faculty at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Guitarrista José Tomás” in Alicante (Spain). Furthermore, she has given lectures on the historical development of the flute together with a concert in several music conservatories and festivals in the Valencian area (Spain).

She currently holds a Teaching Assistant position at the University of Washington, where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in woodwind performance with Professor Donna Shin.

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