Meet Our Faculty

Ilona Kudina


Teaching Philosophy

I believe that a successful music student is a musician who learns to be his or her own teacher. The classroom can give a student a solid grounding in basic music skills and instill discipline and an appreciation for the finer points of flute playing. I believe that music performance is one of the most amazing phenomena one can experience. Each student is unique and so must be the approach to each student’s needs, in a kind and encouraging learning environment.


Professional Diploma in Music Performance, Berklee College of Music; M.A. in Music Performance (flute), Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. Teaching Certificate of Excellence from the Latvian Academy of Music and the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy. Flute teachers and mentors: Andreas Blau, Davide Formisano, Robert Langevin, Denis Lupachev, Matt Marvuglio, Abbie de Quant, Wendy Rolfe.


Hailed by the Boston Phoenix as “a formidable flutist,” Boston-based flutist Ilona Kudina is a versatile performer and educator, equally at home in the classical and improvisational music spheres. Before moving to Boston in 2001, Ilona was an orchestra artist (flute, piccolo) in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in numerous projects spanning various genres, including classical solo recitals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe; performances at jazz festivals; an international jazz celebration at the UN; the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC; and at Boston’s Symphony Hall, as well as many recording sessions and concerts as a freelance artist. Ilona has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in teaching flute.