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Tara Helen O’Connor

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Flutist Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone in music of every era. Tara is a member of the innovative woodwind quintet Windscape, a founding member of the 1995 Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, and the flute soloist of the world renowned Bach Aria Group.

A 2001 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she also received two Grammy nominations in January of 2003 for Osvaldo Golijov’s recording entitled "Yiddishbbuk". Tara has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Arcadia, CRI, Koch, and Bridge Records. She was the first wind player to be chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centers Chamber Music Society Two program for emerging artists.

Tara now performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire and the Brandenburg Ensemble. An enthusiastic chamber musician and soloist, Tara has collaborated with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Peter Serkin, David Shifrin, Dawn Upshaw, Ida Kavafian,  Ransom Wilson, Paula Robison,  Charles Wadsworth, the Orion String Quartet, the Saint Lawrence Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has been featured on A&E's Breakfast for the Arts and has appeared on a “LIve from Lincoln Center” broadcast.

Tara received a Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and she is professor of flute at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. An avid photographer, she has photo credits in Time Out, Strad, and Chamber Music America magazines.

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