Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “superb command of color and nuance,” Elise Blatchford is a flutist who embraces the independent, the experimental, and the DIY. She is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music.
A chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician, and teacher, Ms. Blatchford frequently collaborates with some of the most forward-thinking artists of her generation. She was selected by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to be a 2017 fellow of their Ensemble Evolution program at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. As a founding member of the woodwind quintet The City of Tomorrow, Ms. Blatchford won the gold medal of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, and received a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning grant in 2014. The quintet has commissioned new works from composers Hannah Lash, Nat Evans, and John Aylward, among others.
As a recitalist, Ms. Blatchford frequently programs music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has been an invited guest at venues across the U.S., including Indiana University, University of Oregon, and Yale. In 2017-18, she will begin touring a new program of works for flute and piano inspired by birds and images of the sky.
Also at home in the traditional orchestra world, Ms. Blatchford will serve as an interim flutist/piccolist of the Memphis Symphony during the 2017-18 season. She has performed with the Oregon 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 devoted and energetic pedagogue, Ms. Blatchford works to instill versatile musicianship in her students, so that they can create sustainable and varied careers. She also coaches chamber music, and is creating new curricula to help students develop skills in music criticism and arts entrepreneurship. She has given master classes at New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Williams College, Longy School of Music, and Skidmore College, among many others. She holds degrees in flute performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory.