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, chamber and solo music performances include the Oregon Symphony, New Haven International Arts, Festival of New American Music, Britt Festival of Music & Arts, Ashland Independent Film, Oregon Bach, Oregon Shakespeare, Ernest Bloch, Bumbershoot and Astoria Music Festivals. She has recorded, composed and performed in major regional theaters across the United States and internationally, as well as for radio, TV and film. Her music, co-composed for Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s “White Snake”, was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2014.
In demand as a collaborator, performing on flute, piccolo, alto, bass, contrabassand baroque flutes, Ms. Brinckman also co-directs the ever-polymathic duo, Caballito Negro, with percussionist Terry Longshore. In her solo concerts she commissions and composes new works that blend technology, tradition, and contemporary geo-political themes, and will complete a large composition for bass flute in France (June 2018). 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. 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 now teaches workshops and masterclasses in the USA and abroad, most recently France and New Zealand in 2017. She toured as a performer and teacher in New Zealand from September to October 2017, and was a distinguished Academic Visitor at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, and a visiting artist to Canterbury University.