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Louna Dekker Vargas is a Franco-American flutist. Daughter of Claudia Vargas, a Colombian painter, and Reinier Dekker, a Dutch craftsman, Louna was immersed in an artistic and multicultural universe from an early age.

An expressive flutist with a fondness for the stage, she is at home in several musical fields, from experimental jazz in New York (the group Atlantic Extraction, whose two albums produced by Out of Your Head Records were met by acclaim in the press in the U.S. and France), the theatrical world of Broadway (Wicked 2017- 2020), and, above all, chamber music with her various ensembles (Peabody Conservatory YADS Prize winners, guest artists at numerous festivals, including the Sitka Centennial Hall Chamber Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica festival, Fox Fine Arts Hall, quarter-finalist at the Fischoff International Competition… )

Interested in contemporary creations, she has worked with many living composers, including Georg Friedrich Haas, George E. Lewis, Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Ledah Finck and Valerie Coleman, among others.
Returning to France in 2020, she dove into a series of musical projects – a duo with Vincent Lucas, 1st solo flute with the Orchestre de Paris, the Trio Azure – a Franco-American ensemble with Soraya Verdier and Brian Howard, and the duo Lune d’Olive with Korean-American harpist Olivia H Kim.

In 2022 and 2023 she was invited as a soloist to the Cité Internationale des Arts, the Grand Amphitéatre de la Sorbonne, the Grand Salon du Collège Néerlandais de la Cité Internationale, and Salle Cortot.
Louna has also recently been invited to collaborate with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and finishing her studies under the tutelage of Vincent Lucas, Louna has also worked with many renowned flutists in masterclasses: Emmanuel Pahud, Marina Piccinini, Sophie Cherrier, Philippe Bernold, Emily Skala…