Sarah Carrier, Biography

Flutist Sarah Carrier has received praise from the New York Times for combining “thoughtful musicality with virtuosity in her alternately energetic and delicate account of a flute line laden with light multiphonics and unusual timbres.” (Kozinn)  She has performed in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall (Perelman), Walt Disney Hall, Sydney Opera House, Merkin Hall, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Tank, and Issue Project Room and can be heard on Centaur Records on composer Sunny Knable’s album American Variations.  Recently, she has been selected by the New York Philharmonic to perform the works of young composers and give demonstrations at elementary schools in Brooklyn through the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program.  Ms. Carrier is a founding member of Syzygy New Music Collective, hailed as “one of 2009 most promising groups” by Sequenza21. As a member of Syzygy she has made numerous appearances on television and radio.  She is also a member of the Parhelion Trio.  Through the Composer’s Voice “15 Minutes of Fame” series, the trio has over 60 pieces dedicated to them.  From a recent Parhelion concert Seth Gilman of The Examiner writes “Ms. Carrier’s clear tone and articulation, and effortless cantabile utilized the full dynamic range of the flute while instilling a sense of drama.”

While a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt, she commissioned the work Kill Switch for flute, cello, percussion, and laptop by Izzi Ramkissoon, which was premiered at her M.M. degree recital and has since been performed in venues throughout New York City. Also during her studies at NYU, she performed Luminosity for C Flute, Alto Flute, and Electronics by David Taddie as a Featured Soloist of the NYU New Music Soloists Concert, resulting in an invitation to perform at the “Cross Currents” Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Penn State University, as well as the NYU Music Technology Open House. In the summer of 2010, she was a participant of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes.  Ms. Carrier is a winner of numerous competitions such as the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, Bob Cole Conservatory Scholarship Competition, and La Primavera Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  She is also a recipient of the CSULB Dean’s List Award, University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and New York University Graduate Scholarship.  Sarah Carrier holds an M.M. in Flute Performance from New York University under the tutelage of Robert Dick.  She earned her B.M. in Flute Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach studying with John Barcellona.  She has also performed for flutists Jill Felber, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Louise di Tullio, Rena Urso, Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Keith Underwood, and Bart Feller.  She is currently in the D.M.A. program at C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center where she continues her studies with Robert Dick.

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