Tessa Brinckman

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). As an interdisciplinary flutist she has premiered over a hundred (and commissioned more than twenty) new works, within 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, Britt Festival of Music & Arts, Festival of New American Music, Ashland Independent Film, Oregon Bach, Oregon Shakespeare, Ernest Bloch, New Haven International Arts, Bumbershoot, and Astoria Music Festivals. Performing on flute, piccolo, alto, bass, contrabass and baroque flutes, and miscellaneous keyboards, Ms. Brinckman also co-directs the ever-polymathic bi-coastal duo, Caballito Negro, with percussionist Terry Longshore. 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 co-composition for Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s White Snake was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2014. Her collaborative acousmatic video with Jane Rigler, Women in Parallel Empires (2021), has won 3 film festival awards for both the music score and as an experimental film.

Over the past 20 years Ms. Brinckman has received local and international grants to create unique programs which blend technology, tradition, and contemporary geo-political themes. Her own work as a composer is evolving to create animation, installations and video. She has served on the music faculties of various Oregon universities and colleges, and teaches workshops and masterclasses in the USA and abroad.

Having recently moved to New York City, her projects in 2023 include releasing an upcoming solo album (New Focus Recordings) featuring acclaimed artists from New Zealand, France and the USA; an innovative video performance score Your Coat, Turning with flutist/composer Jane Rigler; guest artist spots in concert series and festivals in the NE; and new collaborations with local and international artists that continue to blur the edges of languages in art and performance.