Tara Helen O'Connor
New York City, New York USA
Flutist Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone in music of every era. She is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, a member of the virtuoso woodwind quintet Windscape, the chamber ensemble Andalucian Dogs and is the flute soloist of the Bach Aria Group.
Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was the first wind player chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society Two program.
This season Tara travels to Paris to premiere a new flute work written for her by composer John Zorn, fulfills a summer master class session at the Banff Centre, appears at "Wall to Wall Bach" at New York's Symphony Space, and looks forward to completing a recording of the flute sonatas by J.S. Bach.
She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Koch, and Bridge Records. Tara performs regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Spoleto Festival USA, Music from Angel Fire, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. She received two Grammy nominations in 2003 for her recording of Osvaldo Golijov's Yiddishbbuk.
Her recent performances include collaborations with Jaime Laredo, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, David Shifrin, Ransom Wilson, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has appeared on Live from Lincoln Center and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.
Ms. O'Connor is professor of flute and head of the wind department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music and is on faculty at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music.