JUDITH PEARCE is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the distinctive flutists and chamber musicians of her generation. A long career spanning Europe and America encompasses collaborations with some of this era’s most notable and colorful musicians, from Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies to Kathleen Battle and Eartha Kitt. Judith Pearce has played in many of the world’s great concert halls including the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, London’s Festival Hall, La Scala Milan, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Bonn’s Beethovenhalle and all three theatres of the Sydney Opera House.
Educated in London and Paris, Pearce was invited to join the Nash Ensemble of London while still a student and on returning from studies in Paris she joined the Pierrot Players (later known as Fires of London) London Sinfonietta and Music Theatre Ensemble. In New York she was a member of the New Music Consort for several years and appeared as guest with the Monticello Trio (as in Jefferson!), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the 21st Century Consort to name a few. The dedicatee of several major works for the flute, Ms. Pearce has recorded copiously both as a recitalist for the BBC and as a chamber musician. Her discography lists the RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and ASV labels, including a recording of the late British composer Nicholas Maw’s Flute Quartet, nominated for a Gramophone Award.
A New York resident since 1985, Judith Pearce is the Founder of Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM). In December 2012 she welcomed Caroline Stinson and Andrew Waggoner into the Co-Artistic Directorship of this innovative performing and arts education group in the Catskills. She retired recently from twenty years teaching flute and chamber music at Princeton University where she was also a member of the Richardson Chamber Players. Judith Pearce’s teaching books for young players, written in collaboration with English composer Christopher Gunning, are published by Faber Music, London.
“…a rare and beautiful performer… who can transport listeners with a single note. “
–The New Yorker
“…her playing is searching and characterful, which makes her almost one of an endangered species among flautists!”
– Sir Simon Rattle