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Flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, and cultural activist. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute. Described as a “spectacular flutist” byThe New Yorker and a “virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity” by the Chicago Tribune, Chase has performed as a soloist throughout the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia, released three critically acclaimed solo albums, Aliento (2010),Terrestre (2012) and Density (2013). Highlights of the current season include solo performances at the Guangzhou Triennial (Guangzhou, China), Museu Pinacoteca (São Paolo, Brazil), and debuts in Berlin, Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, Tokyo and London. Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001 and serves as the organization’s Artistic Director and CEO in addition to playing over fifty concerts a year as an ensemble member. She lives in Brooklyn.
Terrestre, released in January 2012 on New Focus Recordings (distributed by Naxos of America), features 20th and 21st century flute masterworks by Saariaho, Boulez, Carter, Donatoni and Fujikura, and was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “a full-throated affirmation of chamber music as human drama.” Chase’s debut solo album, Aliento, which featured six world premiere recordings by emerging composers, was released in 2009 to instant acclaim, having been described as “stunning” by the American Record Guide and named one of the Top Ten Releases of the Year by Time Out Chicago. Forthcoming recording projects include a third solo album titled Density (works by Varese, Xenakis, Reich, Glass, Zorn), and a fourth featuring Bach transcriptions.
In addition to her tireless work commissioning, curating and performing works by artists in her generation, Chase enjoys close collaborative relationships with composers Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, David Lang, Kaija Saariaho, Georges Aperghis, Olga Neuwirth, and Julio Estrada, and with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Susanna Malkki, Matthias Pintscher and Steven Schick. Chase is also working on several large-scale solo performance projects designed for non-traditional spaces in collaboration with stage directors, filmmakers, visual artists and choreographers.
In 2001, Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which has been described by theNew York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music.” Under Chase’s leadership, ICE was awarded the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, as well as two ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming, in 2005 and 2010. As artistic director of ICE, Chase has overseen the premieres of more than 650 new works since 2001, ten album releases, and a thriving education program for public school children called The Listening Room, as well as a position as Artists-in-Residence at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival through 2013.