Bio

Flute Lessons in Albuquerque, NM

Flutist Esther Fredrickson, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a versatile musician and passionate collaborator of contemporary music, noted for her adventurous and acclaimed performances. After winning the Albuquerque Youth Symphony's concerto competition with Frank Martin's Ballade, she continued her musical education at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. 2009), the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, and the University of Oregon (M.M. 2012).

Her work with new music includes performing with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at Domaine Forget in Quebec (2013), and with Eighth Blackbird in the live-version premiere of Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City with the composer (2009). In 2011 Esther was selected as a winner of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, with an adventurous program of Baroque and contemporary unaccompanied flute repertoire. In addition to receiving a cash prize, she participated in a week long concert tour and outreach event that brought classical performances to over 2000 school children in rural eastern Washington, and performed live on classical KING FM.

Esther is also an experienced orchestral musician, and in 2014 won the piccolo position with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (TX). She also plays professionally with the Santa Fe Symphony (NM), Las Cruces Symphony (NM), and Eugene Symphony (OR). In 2008 she played with the Oberlin Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, under the baton of Robert Spano. Orchestral festival appearances include the Eastern Music Festival (North Carolina) and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (Canada).

Esther's principal teachers have been Molly Barth, Michel Debost, Alexa Still, and Valerie Potter, and she has played in masterclasses of distinguished flutists such as Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, Trevor Wye and Luis Julio-Toro.

A teacher herself, Esther has had diverse flute studios in Oregon and New Mexico, with students ages 8 to 64. She teaches regularly at Hummingbird Music Camp, and has worked as a substitute teacher for music classes throughout the Santa Fe Public School district. At Oberlin, Esther had the honor of participating in the Oberlin Panama Project, a program that sends students to Panama to teach at an orchestral-based music camp alongside instructors from Panama and Venezuela. She also interned at an El Sistema-inspired program in Elyria, Ohio, through an educational outreach initiative of CityMusic Cleveland.

In her other life, Esther lived and worked for two seasons on a several thousand acre conservation ranch in southwest Colorado, and loves backpacking and exploring the outdoors. She can often be found managing operations at Hanselmann Pottery, where she works part time. Esther lives in the South Valley, in an adobe home that was built by husband, Kenny, and herself.