Claire Chase, flute, Artistic Director

Claire Chase, flute, Artistic Director

"Look out world, here comes a monster." - American Record Guide

Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire has given solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and throughout the US. Claire released her debut solo album in October 2009 on the New Focus Recordings label featuring world premieres by emerging composers, which was named one of the Top Ten Releases of the Year by TimeOut Chicago.

Declared "indefatigable" by TimeOut New York and praised in the New York Times for her "extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality," Claire is rapidly emerging as one of the most innovative artists of her generation.

Claire founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001 and has served as ICE's executive director since its inception. Under Claire's leadership, ICE was awarded the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, and the organization has garnered two ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming, in 2005 and 2010. In her capacity at ICE, Claire has produced and overseen eight large-scale ICE new music festivals and released seven acclaimed commercial recordings with the ensemble on the Tzadik, Bridge, Mode, Kairos, Nonesuch, Naxos and New Focus labels.

A sought-after lecturer, teacher and chamber music coach, Claire has given lectures and master classes recently at Smith College, CalArts, Northwestern University and the Oberlin Conservatory, where she received a B.M. in 2001 in the studio of Michel Debost. Her many honors include the Carlos Surinach Prize from the BMI Foundation (2010), First Prize in the Concert Artist Guild International Competition (2008), First Prize in the California Young Artists Competition (1995), First Prize in the National Young Artist Competition (2001), and The Presidential Scholar Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (1996).

Her current projects include an evening-length solo flute multimedia production in collaboration with the television director Habib Azar, an album of 20th century flute masterworks (Boulez, Carter, Xenakis, Donatoni) and an album of Bach transcriptions. She lives in Brooklyn.