Brook Ellen Ferguson
When you meet Brook, ask her… What is her favorite ski resort? What did she learn from Michael Tilson Thomas? What was her most elaborate dinner party?
Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. The Miami Herald praised Ferguson’s performance of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute with the New World Symphony as “soaring, fraught with emotion, possessing sterling technique with pure tone, showing herself fully in synch with Nielsen’s enigmatic world, putting across the playfulness, passing shadows and sheer strangeness of this music with strong impact.” First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Ferguson has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed at the Tanglewood Music Center, both as an orchestral fellow and a New Fromm Player.
Ferguson was appointed principal flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010, and has been principal flutist of the innovative River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she had the privilege of working with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other outstanding instrumentalists and conductors. She has made principal appearances with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the New World Symphony, Ferguson was the acting principal flutist of the Knoxville Symphony and the principal flutist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013, Ferguson was the featured soloist on Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Douglas Boyd. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she performed Michael Gandolfi’s Geppetto’s Workshop in Jordan Hall at the composer’s invitation, and gave the Tanglewood premiere of his Three Pieces for Solo Flute. Her performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was commercially released on Yarlung Records, and her live performance of David Amram’s Red River Valley Variations is available on the Newport Classic LTD label. Other notable solo and concerto performances include the National Flute Convention of Japan and festivals in Russia, Chile, Brasil, Ecuador, and Qatar.
A dedicated teacher, Ferguson encourages her students to cultivate strong and imaginative interpretations, guides them toward a deeper understanding of self-reliant problem solving, and helps them to develop physical and mental self-awareness. For one week every summer, she is a resident artist and teacher at the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes (MPIMC), and has also served as an adjunct professor of flute at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Northern Colorado. In 2016, Ms. Ferguson founded the Bel Canto Flute Academy – an experiential community learning center for flutists of all ages and abilities in Golden, Colorado.
Ferguson received her Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne Baxtresser & Alberto Almarza, and her Bachelor of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute, studying with Marina Piccinini. Other important teachers and influences are Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Paula Robison, and Michael Tilson Thomas.