Flutist 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, or playful, her range of repertoire perfectly reflects the varied facets of her solo, chamber music, or concerto performances.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has toured throughout much of the country as well as in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall, was a featured recitalist on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and has been heard on Minnesota and National Public Radio. Ms. Chatterton has performed with numerous groups including the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dale Warland Singers, and tours regularly as a duo performer with both harp and piano. As a concerto soloist, a highlight has been a performance of the Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra.
Recent appearances include over two dozen concerts criss-crossing the country with Milwaukee Symphony harpist Ann Lobotzke; a showcase of flute works by Chinese and Chinese-American composers, featuring premieres of Jean Sze and Lu Pei; and concerts as a member of Trio Callisto (with harpist Min Kim and cellist Sally Gibson Dorer), selections of which have been broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today. She has also recently served as a guest artist and clinician at the universities of Arizona and Wisconsin-Madison and at the Florida Flute Fair, and was a featured performer on the National Flute Association's "Gen X All-Stars" concert at its 2007 convention in Albuquerque. Upcoming concerts include a flute-harp recital with harpist Carrol McLaughlin and the National Flute Association Convention in Kansas City.
The first flutist to win a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Ms. Chatterton also has garnered prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation and the American Composers Forum. An Artist Fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board gave rise to a solo flute commission by composer Edie Hill, and the development of a contemporary flute and piano recital program.
In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton retains an active studio where she teaches a wide range of students including those who request professional coaching. She also is highly regarded for her insightful master classes, and she serves as a mentor to music students at the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts.
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. Ms. Chatterton has played a Yamaha YFL-881H flute since 1986. She has recorded on the CBS Masterworks, Innova, and Gothic labels, and has also independently released four compact disc recordings; upcoming releases include a CD of contemporary American music for flute and piano.
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. "It Sounded Better at Home!" has been presented all over the country to professional and amateur musicians alike, from middle school band students to orchestra and choir conductors.