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 duo, Caballito Negro with percussionist Terry Longshore, and is a member of Collectif Impulsion in France. 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), is an official 2022 selection for 2 international film festivals.
Over the past 15 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.
Alongside her very recent move to New York City, projects in 2022 include completion of an upcoming solo album (New Focus label) featuring acclaimed artists from New Zealand, France and the USA; compositions for an ongoing installation series with flutist/composer Jane Rigler and an alto flute/theorbo duo for guitarist Caroline Delume; releasing video collaborations with animators Miles Inada and Devyn McConachie and film-maker Christopher Lucas; and festival appearances in France and the USA.