Niamh McKenna


Niamh McKenna (b 1991) is a German-Irish flautist. She was appointed principal flute of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, since the autumn of 2019 she has been soloflautist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. During 2013/14 she was academist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. McKenna has studied with teachers such as Angela Firkins, Felix Renggli, Kersten McCall and Petri Alanko. In 2017 she won the International Crusell Flute Competition, and in 2019 she received third prize at the Prague Spring International Music Competition. As a soloflautist she has played in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in the Finnish as well as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in Dresden Philharmonic and in the Tapiola Sinfonietta among others. As a soloist she has performed with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Jyväskylä and Lappeenranta City Orchestras and Jousia Ensemble. As a chambermusician she can be heard in major Festivals such as Kuhmo Chamber Music, Crusell Music Festival, Hauho and Turku Music Festivals as well as the KuruFest festival.