Carla Rees

Artistic Director, Alto/Bass Flute

Carla Rees is a UK-based low flutes specialist who has developed an international reputation for her innovative work. She is Artistic Director of rarescale. She completed her PhD at the Royal College of Music in London in 2014, researching extended techniques for Kingma System alto and bass flute with the support of scholarships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Royal College of Music. She is Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Music at the Open College of the Arts and an Honorary Research Associate and flute teacher at Royal Holloway University of London. She was Programme Director for the British Flute Society International Conventions in 2012 and 2014, and currently serves as International Liaison for the National Flute Association of America, as well as being a member of their New Music Advisory and Low Flutes committees. Carla plays Kingma System quartertone flutes made by Eva Kingma, Bickford Brannen and Lev Levit.

Since 2000, Carla has been working to develop recital repertoire for the alto, bass and contrabass flutes, and she has had several hundred works written for her by a wide range of composers from around the world, and has premiered works by composers including Claes Biehl, Dan Di Maggio, Alexander Goehr, Sungji Hong, Robert Fokkens, Daniel Kessner, Nicola LeFanu, Adam Melvin, Scott Miller, Patrick Nunn, David Bennett Thomas, Ian Wilson, Scott Wilson, Elizabeth Winters and long-term collaborative partner, Michael Oliva.

Carla performs frequently at international festivals, both with rarescale and as a soloist, including most recently at Flute Conventions in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Japan and Costa Rica. She is a member of the Rees/Roche/Pestova trio with clarinettist Heather Roche and pianist Xenia Pestova, and a member of the Edison Ensemble. Other highlights include Feldman’s chamber music with John Tilbury and Simon Allen, including performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Tirol Easter Festival, a performance at University College Cork with the RTE Vanburgh Quartet, as well as numerous appearances with rarescale in the UK and internationally. She is currently developing a strong interest in the baroque flute, and is working in collaboration with several composers to create new works for this instrument, to be premiered in 2017/18. Alongside this work, she is studying Early Music performance with Serge Saitta.

Carla has recorded five discs for rarescale records, as well as for Atopos, Capstone and Metier, and appears on incidental music for film, TV and radio, including Nanny McPhee 2, the BBC Radio 4 series Dear Professor Hawking, and the 2018 film release, Mary Magdalene. Her recordings have also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She is the Director of low flutes specialist publishing company, Tetractys, and also works as a freelance photographer.