Born in Valencia in 1986, Amália Tortajada has recently received the Rising Star Award by Sir James Galway at 2015 Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland.
She began playing the flute at the age of 6. Graduated from the “Conservatorio Superior de Musica Joaquin Rodrigo de Valencia” with Mª Dolores Tomas and awarded with the prize from the conservatory to the most outstanding student in 2008. Amália continued her postgraduate studies at Royal College of Music of London, with teachers Jaime Martin, Sue Thomas and picolo with Stewart McIlwham., thanks to a scholarship from “Instituto Valenciano de la Música” and the support of “St. Marylebone Educational Foundation”. During this year she was the principal flute of the Royal College Symphony Orchestra, playing with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. And she was member of other youth orchestras as “Joven orquesta Nacional de España” and ”the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales”.
In 2007, she won the First Prize at the “Competition of Young Performers of Comunidad Valenciana”, playing recitals in Tennessee (USA), and Herzogenrath (Germany) as guest artist at the “World Music Contest of Kerkrade”.
She has been invited as guest artist, to do recitals and master class, at many internationals music festivals as “James Galway Flute Festival” in Switzerland, “IV convencion de Flautistas España” of Bilbao, “II Encontro de flautistas de Portugal”, “World Muisc Contest” of Kerkrade and “III Curso de Flautas de Bauru” of Brasil.
During 2009-2010 season, when she was only 23, she was the second flute of the Orchestra of the Opera “Palau de les Arts” of Valencia, with Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta as principal conductors, also playing with Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda.
Amália has also performed as guest principal with other professional orchestras, including “Orquesta de Valencia”, “Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla” or “Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao”, and as principal flute at “Orquesta del Gran teatro del Liceo de Barcelona” and “Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona OBC”.
In January of 2012, Amália won the flute audition at Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, position that holds to the present. Since 2018 she is flute teacher at “Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa”.
Amália plays on a 14k Brannen Cooper flute.