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Biography

"The kind of performance that sparks wild standing ovations.
Definitive

--American Record Guide

Flutist Linda Chatterton “ushers listeners into a dreamy world buoyed by smooth melody line and radiant timbre,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ms. Chatterton is one of those rare musicians who melds technical prowess with a wondrous musical and communicative gift. A flutist with an equal flair for the dramatic, lyrical, powerful, or playful, her range of repertoire perfectly reflects the varied facets of her solo, chamber music, or concerto performances.

A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has toured throughout much of the country as well as in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall, was a featured recitalist on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and has been heard throughout the U.S. on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Ms. Chatterton has performed with numerous groups including the Minnesota Orchestra, and she tours as a duo performer with both harp and piano. She is a regular performer and presenter at the National Flute Association's annual conventions in the U.S. As a concerto soloist, highlights include many performances of the Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto. Ms. Chatterton has commissioned, recorded and premiered dozens of new works, including music by Edie Hill, Lu Pei, Abbie Betinis, David Kechley and Roberto Sierra. 2012-13 projects include performances and master classes in Iceland, England (including a performance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London), Ireland, Thailand and throughout the US. She is a member of Ensemble 61, a contemporary music group based in Minneapolis.

The first flutist to win a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Ms. Chatterton received a second $25,000 McKnight grant in the spring of 2008. She also has garnered prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. In 2012, she received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board's Artist Initiative program to commission and perform in the US and Europe Irish composer Ailis Ni Riain's new work for flute and piano.

In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton retains an active studio where she teaches a wide range of students including those who request professional coaching. She also is highly regarded for her insightful master classes, and she serves as a mentor to music students at the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. In a related realm, Ms. Chatterton often can be heard giving her motivational presentation "It Sounded Better at Home!" based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance. "It Sounded Better at Home!" will soon be released as a book.

Ms. Chatterton received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Bonita Boyd. She has recorded on the CBS Masterworks, Innova, and Gothic labels, and has also independently released five compact disc recordings. Of her latest CD, Diverse Voices - American Music for Flute, critic David Vernier of Classics Today writes that she is "engaging our ears and musical sensibilities with a mellifluous tone and articulation that captures the most agreeable aspects of the instrument's voice, showing its capacity for assertive power as well as its "softer" side--caressing, subtle, tender, warm. Her technique and mastery of the most difficult challenges of speed, breath control, and, yes, intonation, are pretty impressive."