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Areon Flutes

San Francisco, CA      

Areon Flutes, a professional flute chamber music ensemble, provides audiences a fresh new outlook on traditional chamber music.  Noted for innovative programming and collaborations, Areon is quickly establishing itself in the USA as a premier chamber music ensemble. The group’s performances are notable for creatively engaging its audiences with unique staging, theatrics, choreography, and using all members of the flute family.

 Areon Flutes members Jill Heinke, Kassey Plaha, and Meerenai Shim have received high praise for their remarkable performances.  Their New York debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in September 2007 received rave reviews: “These players know what kind of new music pleases audiences and critics alike” and “The group itself was memorable; they are a treat to all the senses” (Anthony Aibel , New York Concert Review).  In May 2008, Areon Flutes was awarded the Bronze Medal at the prestigious and internationally recognized Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Notre Dame, Indiana.  This recognition marked the first time in the competition’s 35-year history that a flute chamber music ensemble reached this elite position.

 Part of Areon’s mission is to make flute chamber music an equal voice in the chamber music world by leaving a new, diversified chamber music legacy.  To ensure this goal, Areon has established an International Chamber Music Composition Competition, an intensive Summer Flute Institute, and a year-round Chamber Music Institute, based in the San Jose metropolitan area.  As a non-profit organization, Areon is dedicated to sharing its passion for chamber music through various educational programs including concerts, camps, and free community and school performances.

 Areon recently released their first full length CD featuring works for the 21st century audience by musicians of the 21st century.  The recording project includes collaboration with contemporary flute pedagogue Robert Dick on his piece Gossip Cats are Dancing.  The new full-length as well as Areon’s CD from 2005, Flat Out, can be heard on iTunes.  Areon Flutes are proud to be Miyazawa Artists.


Train Dreams by Mike Sempert

This remix of Areon tracks by Mike Sempert is featured on Areon’s first full-length album, “Gossip Cats Are Dancing.”

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Gossip Cats Are Dancing by Robert Dick

This is the title track off Areon’s first full-length album, featuring Robert Dick as contrabass flute soloist.

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The Four Elements by Chia-Ying Chiang

Featured on Areon’s first full-length album, this movement is third of four which depict fundamentals of flute playing in a very artful way. This movement is titled “Articulation.”

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