Ms. Gilchrest has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Florence Gould Hall and Symphony Space in New York City, and has performed and given master classes at universities and concert series from New York to Berlin and from Key West, Florida to Lubec, Maine. Highlights include a performance at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. with the now former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Jolanta Kwasniewska, now former First Lady of Poland, among the distinguished guests. Her appearances as a soloist with orchestra include performances with the Downtown Symphony, the Galatea Ensemble and the Musica Bella Orchestra in New York, and with the Kammerorchester Kloten in Switzerland.
Ms. Gilchrest is a recipient of the 1996 Artists International Chamber Music Award as a member of the Browning-Gilchrest Duo. Her recordings with the Duo, Serenade for flute and guitar and Duo Chant (Prospect Classics label) have received wide critical acclaim and are often heard on radio stations throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Gilchrest also performs with the flute, viola and cello trio, Eight Strings and a Whistle, a recipient of the Artists International Special Presentation Award. Live radio broadcasts include several appearances on Around New York on WNYC-FM, Morning Pro Musica on WGBH-FM in Boston, and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio.
Ms. Gilchrest currently serves on the flute and chamber music faculty of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She is also a faculty member of the chamber music program at the New York Youth Symphony and SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine.
Strongly committed to introducing young people to music, Ms. Gilchrest participates in many Arts-in-Education programs, performing concerts and giving workshops in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the northeastern United States. She also gives master classes for students of all levels and ages. She is a Patroness Member of the international music fraternity for women, Sigma Alpha Iota, and serves as the Faculty Advisor for Beta Tau, its chapter at NYU. Ms. Gilchrest is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Master’s degree in Chamber Music Performance from New York University.
***SummerKeys faculty members, Suzanne Gilchrest, flute, Ina Litera, viola and Matthew Goeke, cello, who perform together as Eight Strings & a Whistle, have released their debut recording on Ravello Records. The album, Albert’s Window, named in honor of the wonderful Albert Roussel, includes his Trio Op. 40, the Aloysia Serenade, Op. 19 by Peter Jona Korn, and works composed for Eight Strings & a Whistle by Martin Rokeach, and Edmund Cionek. For more information, please visit Ravello Records: http://www.ravellorecords.com/catalog/rr7918/