Ellen Burr is a masterful flutist who explores new directions in music. Her enthusiasm coupled with over thirty five years experience and a multi-faceted career, has won her worldwide acclaim in performance, teaching, improvisation and composition. Jim Santella of Cadence Magazine spoke of Ellen's unique approach to her instrument and music , by stating,"...creative artists such as Burr, who turn the flute into a tool for exploration, give their audience a wide range of aural experiences."
Since 1975, Ellen has soloed with orchestras throughout the United States and premiered many new works by contemporary classical composers. She performs regularly with the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra, and her own improvisation troupe the LA Collective.
Ellen has been a featured performer at numerous local and global music festivals and concert series. She was a guest artist at the Poto Music and Art Festival in 2009, University of Mary Washington in 2008, Wichita State University's Contemporary Music Festival in 2006, the Vancouver Jazz Festival in 2003, and the Las Vegas New Music Festival in 2002.
Drawing inspiration from the Fluxus movement, Ellen performs and composes for films, television, radio shows, chamber music, dance, theater and opera. Her compositions have been played throughout United States and Europe. She is a member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) and the National Flute Association.
Ellen is featured on more than twenty CDs spanning eighteen years, including styles as diverse as Celtic folk and experimental classical. Duos, a CD of her compositions and improvisations, was released in 2006 and has received airplay and reviews from around the world. Ellen is a multiple grant recipient, having received two Subito grants from American Composers Forum and a Composer in Residence grant from Meet the Composer.
Students worldwide benefit from Ellen's distinctive teaching style. She encourages respect for technique, coupled with exploration and discovery. In addition to her busy private teaching practice in Los Angeles, she has been coaching and adjudicating student competitions and chamber music since 2004. She has also conducted student and professional groups since 1986. Ellen is currently the conductor of the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra and the LA Collective.
For the 2010-2011 school year, Ellen will be the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Wichita State University; teaching music theory, composition and music appreciation.
Ellen is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Smart Music Clinician. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Wichita State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts. In addition, she was awarded the coveted Certificat de Stage after studying with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Académie Internationale d'Eté in France.
Ellen is a contributing editor to Flute Talk magazine and a new music reviewer for the Australian online magazine Flute Focus. She writes and publishes compositions and method books under her own EClectic Buzz label.
Ellen was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Detroit and Kansas City, KS. Ellen currently lives in Venice, CA.