Hailed for her "superb command of color and nuance" by Cleveland's Plain Dealer, Elise Blatchford is a flutist involved in many projects. Most recently, she toured Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, a group committed to international co-operation and understanding through orchestral music. She is currently involved in an independent recording project with the Lookout! Chamber Ensemble, a Portland-based group that fuses Middle Eastern and Australian Aboriginal influences with European chamber music.
Past highlights have included performing with the contemporary-music-focused Jolas Quintet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Elise was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Frank Bowen Flute Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2003, Elise performed Joan Tower's Flute Concerto at the Aki Festival for New Music in Cleveland. In 2007, Ensemble Parallele featured Elise in Lou Harrison's opera Young Caesar at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Aside from new music ventures, Elise has performed with the National Orchestral Institute and freelanced with orchestras in Cleveland, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. She now makes Chicago her home, where she is honored to be sponsored by Powell Flutes in their Academy.
Elise has received degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers have included Tim Day, Michel Debost, and Kathleen Chastain.
Youth Orchestra of the Americas, National Flute Association, Chicago Flute Club