Linda Chesis

Linda Chesis, photo by Matt DineLinda Chesis, founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. She has frequently collaborated with such renowned artists as Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, James Levine and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal and has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea.

The top prizewinner at the Paris and Barcelona International Competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis received her Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Superier de Musique and subsequently was appointed principal flute of the Orchestre de Capitole de Toulouse. Ms. Chesis has been the recipient of many awards including a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She has been the subject of numerous television and radio broadcasts, and her performances can be regularly heard on American Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Ms. Chesis has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Bravo! Colorado, Tanglewood Music Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, among others.

Ms. Chesis is professor of flute and chair of the Woodwind Department at Manhattan School of Music. She has offered master classes at universities, conservatories and for flute associations around the globe. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.

For the Festival’s 2015 season, Ms. Chesis performs April 26 with cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Roman Rabinovich, on August 9 with violinist Frank Huang, violist Dimitri Murrath and cellist David Requiro;  August 23 with pianist Eric Huebner and Kaplan Fellows from the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and October 4 with the Chiara String Quartet. She will also perform in Pro Am performances June 25-28.

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