Artist Bio

Tara Helen O’Connor, flute

A two-time Grammy nominee and an Avery Fisher Career grant recipient, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A William S. Haynes Flute Artist, O’Connor regularly participates in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, the Great Mountains Music Festival, the Chesapeake Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. A sought-after chamber musician and soloist, she is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensembleand a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape and the Bach Aria Group. She has premiered hundreds of new works and has collaborated with the Orion, St. Lawrence, and Emerson String Quartets. She has appeared on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and Live from Lincoln Center and has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, CMS Studio Recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Bridge Records. Tara Helen O’Connor is Associate Professor of Flute and Coordinator of Classical Music Studies at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she is on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory and the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music. Her yearly summer flute master class at the Banff Centre in Canada is legendary.

Tara Helen O’Connor will perform in Concert Program VI (August 2 and 3).

2017–2018 Music@Menlo Appearances