Di Zhao studied flute at Wuhan conservatory in China, and then served as
principal flute in the Hunan Broadcast Orchestra and the National Ensemble
Orchestra of China in Beijing. In 1990 he came to the United States to pursue
his Master’s Degree at Indiana University. In 1992 he attended West Iowa
Technical School to study band instrument repair.
In 1992 Mr. Zhao began his flutemaking career with Verne Q. Powell Flutes, where
he mastered all aspects of flute production. While working as a padder,
headjoint maker, stringer, and body maker, Mr. Zhao made instruments for
hundreds of famous flutists around world. In 2002 he was promoted to Vice
President of Quality at Powell.
Mr. Zhao has also worked at Wm. S. Haynes Flutes as Vice President and General
Manager. He has done consultant work for many other companies, and has also
helped Sonare and Haynes establish factories in China, all the while continuing
to produce excellent high-quality flutes. Now, Mr. Zhao has started his own
flute business and has built a flute factory in China, working to produce the
best quality flutes in China for the next generation.
Marjorie Hogan has a Master of Music in Applied Flute from the Hartt School at
University of Hartford and a BA in Music from University of South Florida.
Marjorie has performed with numerous area orchestras and chamber ensembles and
is currently Principal Flute of the Merrimack Valley Symphony. Marjorie is also
the Music Director of the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir and teaches flute lessons