Flutist Brian Allred enjoys a varied repertoire with a particular interest in contemporary music. Recently Brian won first place in the 2016 South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Contemporary Performance Competition at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. He has also been a prizewinner in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition and a finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition. Brian recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas where he studied with Michael Gordon of the Kansas City Symphony and Dr. Sarah Frisof and also served as the flute Graduate Teaching Assistant. He serves as Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, music director/conductor of the Kansas City Flute Choir, and flutist in the Additive Color Ensemble.
Brian received his Master of Music from Birmingham Conservatoire. During his time in Birmingham, Brian performed with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and as soloist with the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. In addition to his studies and performing in Birmingham, Brian developed an interest in Baroque flute and won first prize in the 2013 Corton-Hyde Early Music Prize.
During his undergraduate study at the Crane School of Music, Brian performed regularly with a number of ensembles including the Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City with the Crane Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 Brian represented the woodwind department for the Crane Honors Student Recital and received the Certificate of Merit and Franklin Bishop Memorial Award for distinguished contribution.
A passionate educator, Brian is tremendously grateful for the wealth of knowledge gained from his principal teachers Sarah Frisof, Jonathan Rimmer, Marie-Christine Zupancic, Kenneth Andrews, and Lance Sanford. Participation in numerous masterclasses with flutists including Leone Buyse, Brad Garner, and Keith Underwood have greatly enhanced his approach to instrumental pedagogy.
Hailing from Plano, TX, Brian spent his formative years as a musician playing violin in chamber orchestra and flute in wind ensemble. Upon his relocation to Potsdam, NY, he developed a love for dance, embracing his musical knowledge as a choreographer and performer. Brian continues to expand his involvement in the arts, exploring new avenues for sharing his work with new audiences.
Eau Claire flutist and teacher