Claire Chase '01, flute


Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute, many of them tailor-made for her. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Chase has given critically acclaimed solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Walter Reade Theater as part of the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. Highlights of the current season include solo performances at the Guangzhou Triennial (Guangzhou, China), Museu Pinacoteca (São Paolo, Brazil), debuts in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and the release of her second solo album, 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 the New 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.

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Oberlin Contemporary
Music Ensemble
with ICE

DiMenna Center
Mary Flagler Cary Hall

Friday, January 18th, 2013



Oberlin Orchestra
with Jeremy Denk '90, piano

Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
7:00pm Lecture
8:00pm Concert




Oberlin Illuminate

DeWitt Stern

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