Flutist Shanna Gutierrez is a dynamic performer and teacher who appears throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, clinician, and as a member of several chamber ensembles, including Collect/Project with German singer Frauke Aulbert. She was a founding member of the Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente, recipient of the 2012 Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation. Shanna has received numerous awards and accolades for her performances including, prizes at the 2011 (THINKI) and 2013 (XI) Stockhausen Courses, and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. She has been featured on live radio broadcasts for WFMT Chicago, performances at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center, and contemporary music festivals throughout the US—in addition to concerts and residencies in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, South Korea, Mexico, and Colombia.
As a specialist in contemporary performance, Shanna is dedicated to promoting and advancing contemporary music in cultural life today through innovative performances and educational projects.
She has helped commission and present premiere performances of numerous new pieces, including US premieres of works by Michel van der Aa, Malin Bång, Bernhard Lang, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Shanna’s upcoming collaborations include those with Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Ray Evanoff, Rozalie Hirs, and Stefano Pierini, among others. Shanna is one of the invited guest artists at the inaugural ANODE festival in New Orleans in 2014.
Shanna is the founder of Sonic Sculptures: A Journey in Sound, through which she presents concerts and workshops on contemporary flute music and techniques throughout the US and abroad. Currently, she is collaborating with flutist Matthias Ziegler in Zürich on a new comprehensive online instructional resource on extended techniques and contemporary flute repertoire for flutists and composers.
Shanna can be heard on several recordings, including the album Mobile with guitarist Jesse Langen, featuring world premiere recordings of music by Fredrick Gifford, and the album SORI featuring works by Kyong Mee Choi for instruments and electronics. Current recording projects also include a solo disc of works for her new Kingma open-hole bass and alto flutes.
Shanna has studied contemporary music under Matthias Ziegler, Camilla Hoitenga, Eva Furrer, Philippe Racine, and Kathinka Pasveer. Such has served as indispensable enrichment to her performance studies at the University of Michigan (Amy Porter) and Northwestern University (Walfrid Kujala), where she received her masters and bachelors degrees, respectively. Her formative training was guided by Monty Adams and Dolores Humberg, to whom she is deeply grateful. She was also a former fellow of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival. A passionate educator, Shanna is on faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, and maintains an active private studio in the Chicago area. She is also certified to teach the Suzuki method having received her training from David Gerry and Kelly Williamson. She performs on a Burkart flute and piccolo and Kingma bass and alto flutes.
National Flute Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Musical Honor Society