A flutist who embraces the independent, experimental, and the DIY, Elise Blatchford is a professor, a member of the City of Tomorrow wind quintet, and a frequent soloist and recitalist. Her solo playing has been hailed for its "superb command of color and nuance" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Ms. Blatchford is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music. With the contemporary music wind quintet the City of Tomorrow, she has won a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and toured across the U.S.
Ms. Blatchford's willingness to take risks has extended to multidisciplinary performance art at the Next Wave Festival at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), touring with the amplified cello rock band Portland Cello Project, and arranging and performing an entire album by singer-songwriter Mirah with her partner Leander Star.
Also at home in the traditional orchestra world, Ms. Blatchford has performed with the Oregon Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. With YOA, she toured extensively throughout South America, the Caribbean, and mainland China, made an appearance at Carnegie Hall with Valery Gergiev, and recorded with Philip Glass.
A dedicated and inventive pedagogue, Ms. Blatchford has given master classes at New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Williams College, Longy School of Music, and Skidmore College, among many others. She completed degrees in flute performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory.
Elise Blatchford loves coffee, penguins, yoga, and independent radio stations.