Hye-Won Suh


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It has always been my dream to utilise my skills to promote the beauty of my instrument and also the uniqueness of the New Zealand music not only nationwide, but worldwide. In order to do that I knew that have to look the bigger picture and aspire to be a role model for the younger generation of flute players in New Zealand.

My love and passion for the flute came instantly from the moment I heard its mesmerising sound at the age of 10. That is also when my family moved to New Zealand and since then I met many encouraging and supportive teachers in Auckland especially, Luca Manghi, Dr. Melody Lin and Professor Uwe Grodd.

After graduating from the University of Auckland with Master's degree in Flute in 2014, I have ventured out a new journey in the United States to challenge myself to really master the artistry of flute. I have been so fortunate to receive grants which enabled me to travel, audition and eventually allowed me to undertake my study at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, with the principal flute of the Grammy Award-winning Boston Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Rowe.

I feel extremely privileged to be the first kiwi flutist to be studying in NEC. The institution that is known to be one of America's most reputable music schools for their prestigious orchestral and chamber programmes. I was offered scholarships at the NEC to start my Graduate Diploma which is a two-year program equivalent to Master's degree however focuses on performing and gaining field experience.

To my disbelief I have survived my first semester and I will be going back for the Fall semester at the end of August. My programme is due to be completed in December 2017 and it comes with annual tuition fees of about NZD$50,000. The funds raised through Boosted will be a huge help for the remainder of my programme.

I have encountered a few unforgettable and life-changing moments in music and I believe in its power that can speak to absolutely anybody.

Thank you so much for your love and support toward myself and what I believe in.


  • Geeky flute talk and 5 more days!


    This is the incomparable Jordan Hall of the NEC, a National Historic Landmark of America known for its brilliant acoustic.

    This is my home for this year;

    I'm really looking forward for the NEC Philharmonia rehearsals to start from next week. This is my first orchestra assignment of the semester which is playing principal for Manual de Falla's opera La Vida Breve. My first full opera!

    I've been keeping busy with professional orchestra auditions preparation, learning new music for orchestra, wind ensemble, wind quintet, and a contemporary ensemble.

    On top of that, I've managed to make time to go to the the Museum of Fine Arts and see one of the earliest Boehm style flutes made in America (a system of keys of the modern flutes as we know now) and learn that this style was being adopted from Europe around 1846 by Alfred G. Badger.

    On Boosted, I can't believe that we've hit 83% and my journey with Boosted is only 5 more days to left. Thank you supporters in NZ, US, and Korea! There is still time to make the number climb up to 100%. Let's make this happen!

    Geeky flute talk and 5 more days!
  • First week in NEC


    Hi guys!

    Here is an update from Boston with a photo of me in taken in the beautiful Public Garden! It’s so great to be back in NEC. The energy and the quality of music making here are really incredibly inspiring. And when I saw what’s on the calendar for the NEC Philharmonia this Fall, the line ups made my heart beat. Mahler, Mussorgsky, Schoenbert, Tan Dun, Franck and Nielsen! I've been settling in, sorting out classes, lesson times, making new friends, helping old friends moving, and practicing for my NEC orchestra placement audition that happened today. Auditioning in front of Hugh Wolff, David Loebel, and Charles Peltz was an exhilarating experience that made me look forward to professional orchestra auditions in USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

    Tomorrow I have my wind quintet reading of Ken Wilson’s Wind Quintet who was a New Zealand composer who studied in Indiana University, Bloomington. This is will be my starting point of bringing in distinctive New Zealand sound to USA.

    On the other hand, I’m really excited that together we’ve now reached 55%, which is $5,560. Wow! This is incredible and I’m so honoured. Thank you so much to everyone who showed their kindness and generosity. Please keep spreading the word and in case you didn’t know, you can donate more than once! I will be back with more updates beginning of next week. I will end this one with a quote that inspired me today that I want to share with all of you.


    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

    First week in NEC