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Claire Chase, flute

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator, and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives, and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.

A deeply committed educator, Chase was named Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Harvard University starting in 2017. She is also the co-artistic director, with her longtime collaborator Steven Schick, of Ensemble Evolution, a three-week intensive workshop for emerging musicians at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. In 2014, Chase was named an inaugural Fellow at Project&, a Chicago-based organization founded by Jane M. Saks that addresses cultural production with social impact. Chase collaborated with Project&, the composer Marcos Balter, and the director Doug Fitch on the creation of Pan, an opera for solo flute and an all-ages ensemble of community members, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called “art as grassroots action.”

Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, described as the United States’ “foremost new-music ensemble” (The New Yorker), and served as its artistic director until 2017 and as an ensemble member on performance and education projects on five continents.