Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire has given solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and throughout the US. Claire released her debut solo album in October 2009 on the New Focus Recordings label featuring world premieres by emerging composers, which was named one of the Top Ten Releases of the Year by TimeOut Chicago.
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the Program Director of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), where he oversees the creative direction of more than 50 concerts per season in the United States and abroad. Founded in 2001, ICE has been described by The New Yorker as “A powerhouse of new-music programming on a Chicago-New York axis…brilliant and unexpected”. He has recently performed as a soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center (where ICE holds a 3-year ensemble-in-residence position), at Cal Performances, at the MCA Stage in Chicago, Miller Theatre in New York, and internationally in Poland, Mexico, Finland and Germany.