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 Moen, Kassey Plaha, Sasha Launer,
Meerenai Shim, and guest artists 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 third album, Thrive, featuring commissions from Elainie Lillios, Cornelius Boots, and Mike Sempert on the Innova label. Previous albums Gossip Cats are Dancing and Flat Out! can be heard on iTunes. Areon Flutes are proud to be Miyazawa Artists.