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Tara Helen O’Connor

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performance
venues/tours
recordings
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Performance Highlights

  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
    Frequent guest artist, 1996-present
  • Chamber Music Society Two:
    Artist member, two-year program, 1997-1998
  • Appointed to Solo Flute of The Bach Aria Group, Sept. 1998
  • Founding member of 1995 Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, 1990-present
  • Concerto with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca, NY:
    Soloist/conductor, Sept. 1997
  • Concerto, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, Heiichiro Ohyama, conductor with the La Jolla Chamber Orchestra, Aug. 1994
  • Critically acclaimed recording of Isang Yun’s Etudes for Solo Flute(s), presented to the composer in honor of his 75th birthday in Berlin, Sept.1992
  • Weill Hall recital debut, Feb. 1992
  • Guest artist with the Orion String Quartet, Jan. 1992
  • Concerto debut in Carnegie Hall, May 1986
  • Appearances on WQXR, NPR, and CBC

Reviews

  • Milton Babbitt, composer
    “Brilliant virtuosity, knowing musicianship and freshness of conception infrom every succession of sound which issue from Tara O’Connor’s flute. She must be heard to be believed.”
     
  • Asbury Park Press
    “...phenomenal flute-work from Tara Helen O’Connor standing above other exceptional performances.”
     
  • Guitar Review
    “...supple tones capable of warm lyricism or powerful bite.”
     
  • The New York Times music review - Anthony Tommasini
    “The program opened with a playful performance of a minor but charming work by Mozart: Quartet No. 1 for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello, which has a very soloistic flute part, dispatched ably here by the excellent Tara Helen O’Connor.”

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