Claire Chase

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Claire Chase
Born1978 (age 41–42)
Leucadia, California, U.S.
Associated actsInternational Contemporary Ensemble

Claire Chase (born 1978) is an American flutist, arts entrepreneur, and 2012 MacArthur Fellow based in Brooklyn, New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Chase was born in 1978 and grew up in Leucadia, California. She made her solo debut with the San Diego Symphony at age 14 in 1992.

While attending Oberlin College, where she studied with Michel Debost, she received the Theodore Presser Foundation Award in 1999 which she used to commission new compositions for the flute.[1] She received her B.M. from Oberlin in 2001.[2]


After graduating from Oberlin, Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001, and has been its Executive/Artistic Director ever since.[3]

After winning first prize in the Concert Artists Guild competition in 2008, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 at the Weill Recital Hall.[4]

So far, Chase has premiered over 100 new solo works for the flute, incorporating extended techniques and electro-acoustic elements.[2] Her first solo album, Aliento was released in 2009 and was one of Time Out Chicago's Top 10 Classical Albums of 2009.[5] Chase has performed world-wide as a soloist and chamber musician in diverse venues including (Le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre,[6] and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and other venues throughout Europe.[2]

She began "Density 2036" in 2014, a 22-year project to commission a significant body of new music for the flute, culminating in the one-hundredth anniversary of Edgard Varèse's "Density 21.5" of 1936. She is also working on Pan, a new 90-minute work for solo flutist, live electronics, and a large ensemble of players from the community in which it is performed.[7]

Beginning in the fall of 2017 Chase has been appointed as Professor of the Practice in the Music Department at Harvard University.[8]


  • Density (2013, New Focus Recordings)[9]
  • Terrestre (2012, New Focus Recordings)[10][11]
  • Died in the Wool (2011, Samadhi Sound)
  • Bright and Hollow Sky (2011, New Focus Recordings)
  • Undersong (2011, Mode Records)
  • Aliento (2009, New Focus Recordings)
  • Enter Houses Of (2009, Tzadik Records)
  • Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 12 (2008, Bridge Records)

With John Zorn



  1. ^ a b Chipman, Michael (September 1999). "Claire Chase Wins 1999 Presser Music Award, Launches Project to Expand Flute Repertory in 2000". Backstage Pass (Oberlin College). Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Concert Artists Guild. Artist Profile: Clare Chase Archived 2013-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  3. ^ Smith, Steve (2 September 2007). "Concert Itinerary That Includes Dreamland". New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  4. ^ Smith, Steve (23 April 2010). "Making a Flute Do Tricks in Pieces Old and New". New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ Armbrust, Doyle (30 December 2009). "Top ten classical albums of 2009". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  6. ^ Kozinn, Allan (25 November 2009). "Finnish Composer Bursts Some of Her Own Myths". New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Claire Chase: density 2036, parts i - iii". The Kitchen. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  8. ^ Radsken, Jill (26 July 2017). "Esperanza Spalding, Claire Chase join music faculty". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  9. ^!/story/claire-chase-displays-breath-breadth-density/
  10. ^ Recording details in this section are sourced from Recordings. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  11. ^ Giovetti, Olivia (9 April 2012). "C'est si bon on Claire Chase's Terrestre, Q2 Music Album of the Week". WQXR. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  12. ^ Listen to Claire Chase, the Flutist Who Just Won $100,000 by Michael Cooper. The New York Times, 26 Apr 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  13. ^ MacArthur Foundation (2012). MacArthur Fellows: Claire Chase. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  14. ^ BMI Foundation (4 May 2010). "Claire Chase and Evan Johnson Named Carlos Surinach Award Winners". Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  15. ^ a b International Contemporary Ensemble. Claire Chase, flute, Executive Director. Retrieved 3 December 2012.

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