In 2007 she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where she started her postgraduate studies by prof. Ashley Solomon and prof. Julien Feltrin. During her studies in London she participated in several chamber and orchestral music projects also performing as a soloist in the London Handel Festival and with the Florilegium Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. In 2008 she received her postgraduate diploma with Distinction, and at the same time was awarded the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music.
Jitka regularly takes part in master classes given by world-class teachers (W.van Hauwe, P. Leenhouts, P. Holtslag, M. Posch, C. van Heerden, H. ter Schegget, R. Brown, E. Kirkby, T . Charlston ad.) and performs at concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Since 2009, she is the main organizer of the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice and teaches recorder at the Conservatories in Ostrava and Olomouc, from the same year, she also acts as an instructor of the training program for teachers on the Brno and Olomouc Conservatory.
She began her recorder studies with Ernst Kubitschek first at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium in Innsbruck, Austria, then at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, where she completed her BMus with distinction. In June 2007 she received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied recorder and baroque flute with Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin. Her studies were supported by a Kit & John Gander Award and an Arts and Humanities Research Counsel Award.
After completing her studies in London, she returned to the Mozarteum University where she studied recorder with Dorothee Oberlinger and earned a Masters Degree in Music. She has performed as a soloist and in various chamber music groups. Currently Kerstin Picker-Kubitschek is teaching recorder in Austria. She has participated in master classes with Dan Laurin, Matthias Maute, Reine-Marie Verhagen, Marion Verbruggen and others.
She studied flute as her principal study at the Conservatoire in Teplice. From 2005 she began her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London where she learnt recorder and baroque flute with Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin. Her studies were supported by the Constant & Kit Lambert and Heddy Simpson awards. In 2008- 2009 she studied baroque flute at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Wilbert Hazelzet.
Ilona has also participated several masterclasses and courses and her interest in chamber music gave her opportunity to perform with various ensembles e.g. Musica Puella, La Musica del Mondo.
At the present she is a member of i Flautisti – The London Recorder Quartet and addition to that she also performs at various concerts in the Czech Republic. Ilona is teaching recorder as principal study at the Conservatoire in Teplice and occasionally she gives lectures and masterclasses for recorder teachers.
At the Conservatoire in Teplice Ilona established project called Teplické flautohry. Which wants support young recorder players to explore the instrument and compare their skills.
She studied recorder and piano at the Anton Bruckner University Linz, and also at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Rahel Stöllger. She went for an Erasmus year to the Northern Royal College of Manchester. When Doris returned to Vienna she finished her Master degree in recorder and piano chambermusic with distinction. She has performed as a soloist, in chambermusic groups and with orchestras. Doris has participated in numerous masterclasses with many eminent musicians including Michael Oman, Paul Leenhouts, Han Tol, György Kurtág and Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Doris is recipient of several prizes in both national and international competitions. She won the Yamaha-Stipendium-Austria for woodwinds and was awarded the Peter Donohoe Prize for her playing. She became a laureate of Yehudi Menuhin´s Live Music Now foundation. As one of the most talented young artists she was selected for the „Ö1 Talentbörse“ (Austrian Radio Cultural Award Programme) which led to CD productions and broadcasting on the National radio stations of Austria and Iceland. For 2014-2015 she is selected for the „New Austrian Sound of Music“ programme by the ministry for arts and culture which supports her with the Trio Frizzante for concerts in foreign countries such as Poland, Iran, South-Africa, Spain, USA. Doris is also awarded with the Austrian „Start-Stipendium“ 2014.
Since 2012 Doris is working with iFlautisti and became a permanent ensemble member in 2014. Currently Doris is teaching in Austria and a freelancing artist giving recitals throughout Austria, Germany, Spain, Romania, England, Greece, Iceland and Taiwan.
Having finished her degrees in Hamburg and Leuven in 2015 with distinction, Taiwanese recorder player Yu-Ching Chao continued her study in Amsterdam, where she put special focus on performing comtemporary music. Yu-Ching is active as soloist, ensemble player, and tutor. Sharing her passioon “on and off stage” in Taiwan, Germany, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Portugal, she has worked intensively with both early- and modern music specialists, as well as composers, among others Peter Holtslag, Bart Spanhove, Roderik de Man, Erik Bosgraaf, and Tom Beets.
Currently Yu-Ching is based in north Germany as freelancer and recorder teacher.
She was four times prize winner of the National Music Competition Category Recorder Solo in Taiwan, and the 2nd prize winner of the competition of Recorder Festival Nordhorn 2014. In 2017, she starts working with recorder quartet i Flautisti and currently replaces Kerstin Kubitschek.