New Zealand flutist Tessa Brinckman has been described by critics as a “flutist of chameleon-like gifts” and “virtuoso elegance” (Gramophone), an “excellent…flutist” (Willamette Week) and “highlight of Portland” (New Music Box), who “play(s) her instrument with great beauty and eloquence” (Music Matters New Zealand). She enjoys a versatile career, having worked in many classical music ensembles and concert series in the United States, South Africa, France and New Zealand. Her orchestral and festival work includes the Oregon Symphony, New Haven International Arts, Festival of New American Music, Britt Festival of Music & Arts, and the Oregon Bach, Oregon Shakespeare, Ernest Bloch, Bumbershoot, Astoria Music Festivals. She has recorded, composed and performed in major regional theaters across the United States and internationally, as well as for radio programming and TV commercials. Her most recent theatrical co-compositions and performances were for Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, the music of which was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2014.
In demand as a collaborator, performing on flute, piccolo, alto, bass, contrabass and baroque flutes, Ms. Brinckman co-directs the contemporary flute/percussion duo, Caballito Negro. She also works as a soloist, composing new works that blend technology, traditions, and contemporary geo-political themes. She has received local and international grants to curate and present unique historic and contemporary chamber music programs, in collaboration with prominent international composers and performers, most recently in France and New Zealand. Ms. Brinckman’s composition for flute and string trio, “Glass Sky”, can be found on the critically acclaimed CD, Glass Sky, and is featured in the South African documentary, Inner Landscapes (Climax Films), centering around Outsider artist Helen Martins and her Owl House creation. She has served on the faculties of Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College, and teaches in residencies at institutions in the USA and abroad.