Claire Chase (second from right) and Bienen flute students performed Salvatore Sciarrino's Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni (Cutting the Circle of Sounds) in Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall on April 16, 2016.
Bienen School visiting artist Claire Chase recently announced she is stepping down from her leadership position with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), an ensemble she founded 15 years ago, to devote more time to her career as a soloist.
“It’s been an aspiration of the group since the very beginning to evolve into being an artist’s collective,” Chase said in an interview with the New York Times. “And after 15 years I think we can say that we’ve achieved that — and that it’s time to not be founder-led. It’s time for me to be a member of the band, and a supporter and cheerleader and advocate for the group’s work.”
Since fall 2013, Chase has been a visiting artist at the Bienen School, where she has performed on numerous occasions and led coaching sessions with Bienen students. She presented an inspiring convocation address to the Bienen School graduating class in 2013.