Tara Helen O’Connor

Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she was the first wind player to participate in the CMS Two program and is now an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

 

This past season, 2012-2013, she premiered a new chamber work by John Zorn, gave a debut performance at the Mainly Mozart festival with Windscape, concerto with Meastro David Atherton, appearances at the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curaçao, premiered Jonathan Bergers new opera with the Saint Lawrence String Quartet in Stanford, and performed concerts in Hawaii and Georgia with CMS.

 

As a frequent participant in the Santa Fe chamber music festival, she has appeared at Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

 

She is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble and a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape.

 

Tara has appeared on A&E’s “Breakfast for the Arts” and Live from Lincoln Center. She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Koch International and Bridge Records.

 

She teaches at Bard College Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Music Program, and is Professor of Flute, Chairing the Wind Department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Her summer flute master class at the Banff Centre in Canada is renowned.