MacArthur Fellows Program

Claire Chase

Arts Entrepreneur | Class of 2012

Forging a new model for the commissioning, recording, and live performance of classical music and opening new avenues of artistic expression for the twenty-first-century musician.

Title
Arts Entrepreneur
Affiliation
International Contemporary Ensemble
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Age
34 at time of award

Claire Chase is a young arts entrepreneur and flutist who is forging a new model for the commissioning, recording, and live performance of contemporary classical music. As artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which she co-founded in 2001, Chase has assembled a cadre of approximately thirty conservatory-trained musicians, including herself, devoted to advancing new music and playing an expansive repertoire and range of styles. Their eclectic programming, often curated by Chase, combines well-known works imaginatively interpreted alongside premieres of exciting contemporary compositions. ICE performs in settings ranging from traditional orchestra venues to art galleries, warehouses, clubs, and public spaces. Through riveting performances, commissioning programs, interdisciplinary collaborations, and educational outreach, Chase and ICE convey a passion for and knowledge of contemporary music that prompts audience members to expand their aesthetic boundaries beyond the familiar canon to include works by young and emerging composers. In addition to her leadership of ICE, Chase is an accomplished solo flutist. Her debut album, Aliento (2009), brings to life new works by young composers with a purity of tone, technical virtuosity, and delicacy of expression. As an entrepreneur, curator, educator, and musician, Chase is engaging audiences in the appreciation of contemporary classical music and opening new avenues of artistic expression for the twenty-first-century musician.

Claire Chase received a B.M. (2001) from the Oberlin Conservatory. She has served as executive (now artistic) director of the International Contemporary Ensemble since co-founding it in 2001. As a soloist and with ICE, she has performed at such venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the Pinacoteca Museum in Brazil. Her additional recordings include Terrestre (2012) and, with ICE, Complete Crumb Edition, Volume 12 (2008), Undersong (2011), and Bright and Hollow Sky (2011), among others.

News About this Fellow
December 1, 2017
"Flutist and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase to Perform in Musical Marathon"
Berkeley News
Tyshawn Sorey, 2017 MacArthur Fellow
Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
June 14, 2017
"Review: Ojai Music Festival Was a Globe-Trotting Delight, with a Strong San Diego Contingent"
The San Diego Union Tribune
George E. Lewis , 2002 MacArthur Fellow
Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
Vijay Iyer, 2013 MacArthur Fellow
June 8, 2016
"Ojai Music Fest's 70th Year Special As Always"
Ventura County Star
Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
Peter Sellars , 1983 MacArthur Fellow
May 25, 2016
"A Performance by MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase"
Twitter Video
Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
January 11, 2016
MacArthur Announces Performances, Discussion to Celebrate 35 Years of Iconic Fellowship Program
Most of the events will be open to the public for free or at low cost. Video of many events will be made available online.
October 4, 2015
"Review: Claire Chase Explores the Fluteā€™s Possibilities"
The New York Times
Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
April 10, 2015
"On the Record with Claire Chase, MacArthur Fellow"
The Oberlin Review
Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
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