Linda Chatterton is one of those rare musicians who melds technical prowess with a wondrous, musical, and communicative gift. A flutist with an equal flair for the dramatic, lyrical, powerful, and playful, her range of repertoire perfectly reflects the varied facets of her solo, chamber music, and concerto performances.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, has been featured on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago and National Public Radio's Performance Today. Ms. Chatterton has performed with numerous groups including the Minnesota Orchestra, is a member of Minneapolis-based Ensemble 61, and tours regularly as a duo performer. She is a regular performer and presenter at the National Flute Association's annual conventions. As a concerto soloist, she has given many performances of the Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto. Ms. Chatterton has served as a U.S. State Department Arts Ambassador overseas and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
Ms. Chatterton has commissioned, recorded, and premiered dozens of new works, including music by Edie Hill, Lu Pei, Abbie Betinis, David Kechley, David Evan Thomas, Takuma Itoh, Brian Ciach, and Roberto Sierra. She performed the world premiere of David Kechley's "Available Light" for flute and harp in Massachusetts in 2010. In March 2013, she was invited to perform a recital on London's famous St. Martin-in-the-Fields concert series.
The first flutist to win a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Ms. Chatterton received a second McKnight grant in the spring of 2008. She has received prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the American Composers Forum.
In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton is highly regarded for her insightful master classes, and she has served as a mentor to music students at the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. She has performed and conducted master classes throughout Iceland, England, Ireland, Thailand, Russia, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. In a related realm, Ms. Chatterton often can be heard giving her motivational presentation "It Sounded Better at Home!" based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance.
Ms. Chatterton received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Bonita Boyd. Her other teachers include Julia Bogorad, Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Peter Lloyd.
She has recorded on the CBS Masterworks, Innova, and Gothic labels, and has independently released five recordings.