“extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality”
(The New York Times)
Claire Chaseis 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 organisations, 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.
In 2014 Chase launched Density 2036, a 23-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute between 2014 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. Each season as part of the project, Chase premieres an evening of new music, with pieces so far by composers including Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, and Matthias Pintscher, among many others.
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 of the Summer Music Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. In 2014, Chase was named an inaugural Fellow at Project&: Cultural Production with Social Impact. With Project&, composer Marcos Balter, and director Doug Fitch, Chase has created Pan, a piece for flute, electronics and mass community participation in the form of a large ensemble of non-professional or trained players/collaborators, which premieres in 2018 and will be performed with communities all over the world.
Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001, described as the United States’ “foremost new-music ensemble” (The New Yorker), and is active as an ensemble member in ICE projects throughout the world.
“New York flute player Claire Chase kicked off the year for Sydney’s new music series Backstage Music with an incredible performance in the Redfern warehouse space Woodburn Creatives. The founder of the new music collective International Contemporary Ensemble – and winner of both the Avery Fisher Prize and MacArthur ‘genius’ Grant – more than lived up to her reputation, inviting the audience into a complex, engaging world of flute and electronics, performed in a single, seamless set.”