St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Jade Bultitude - flute, and Giulia Semerano - piano

Tuesday, 31 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Jade Bultitude - flute, and Giulia Semerano - piano


Le merle noir


Sonata for flute and piano

Allegretto malinconico


Presto giocoso

J. S. Bach

Sonata in E flat Major, BWV 1031

I. Allegro moderato

II. Siciliano

III. Allegro


Cantabile et Presto

Born in Florence, Italy, and currently based in London, Giulia Semerano is an active musician, performing on a regular basis both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Europe. She gave concerts in many important venues and festivals including "Festival Intersezioni", "Artistas Invitados", Southwark Cathedral, Blackheath Halls, Italian Cultural Institute in London, Draper's Hall, St. James Piccadilly. In October 2012, as a winner of the soloist competition, she performed Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, accompanied by the L. Cherubini Conservatoire's orchestra under the baton of P. P. Ciardi. 

Giulia considers chamber music one of her main artistic focuses and she collaborated with many wonderful musicians, performing in different ensemble groups. Presently, she enjoys a successful collaboration in duo with flutist Jade Bultitude. Recent performances include the Sir James Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland and the Lizzano Music Festival in Italy.

Very open to 20th Century and contemporary music, in 2012 Giulia was among the founders of the Ensemble NuovaMusica, with whom she gave première performances of works by living Italian composers under the baton of Mauro Bonifacio. She is now part of the CrossContemporary Project, a new born dynamic ensemble formed by classically trained musicians and dancers which aims to give voice to the composers of our time.

She has participated in master classes and worked with renowned musicians such as Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Martino Tirimo, Pascal Rogè, David Kenedy, Gabriele Baldocci, among others. Giulia holds a Master's Degree and an Artist Diploma from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied under the tutelage of Sergio De Simone, with the kind support of Trinity Laban Scholarship Fund. Previously she undertook musical training at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatoire of Florence, where she graduated in 2012 under the guidance of Giovanni Carmassi. Thanks to a scholarship she also studied for a few months at the Conservatorio Superior R. Orozco in Cordoba, Spain, with A. C. Manchado. Following her degree, she began studying solo repertoire with Sergio De Simone and chamber music with Ilaria Maurri at the Scuola di Musica di Sesto Fiorentino.

Jade Bultitude recently completed a Masters Degree in Flute Performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, studying with Anna Noakes and Margaret Campbell where she received a high distinction for her studies. She is a recent recipient of the Michael Hirst Award and is also generously supported by the Harpenden Music Foundation. In July 2014 she was awarded with Sir James Galway's Rising Star Award, which allowed her to perform as a solo artist at his festival in Switzerland 2015 with Italian pianist Giulia Semerano.

Jade is also a very keen orchestral player and has been principal flute of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London since 2010, where she has had the opportunity to perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf.  She has also been principal flute of the City of Birmingham Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she was given the opportunity to perform Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune.

Jade graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a Bachelor of Music honours degree in 2012. During this time she studied flute with Jonathan Rimmer, Colin Lilley, Marie Zupancic, Jane Mitchell (baroque flute) and Andrew Lane (piccolo). Prior to this she attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Nicolas Bricht. Prior to this she attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Nicolas Bricht and is originally from Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Jade has participated in masterclasses given by Sir James Galway, Philippa Davies, Anna Noakes, Trevor Wye, Peter Stark and Rachel Brown.

Jade Bultitude and Giulia Semerano met at Trinity Laban Conservatoire during their postgraduate studies and they are now enjoying a successful collaboration, focusing on exploring the flute and piano repertoire and extending their partnership to different ensemble groups. They perform widely across the UK and gave concerts in festivals including the Sir James Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland and the Lizzano Music Festival in Italy.