Carla Rees

Artistic Director, Alto/Bass Flute

Carla Rees is a British low flutes player, composer and arranger, working to raise the profile of her instruments through research, performance and collaboration. Her career incorporates solo and chamber music performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and recordings, including a discography of over 30 CDs. She has premiered several hundred works for low flutes, many of which are now published by her company Tetractys Publishing and is currently working on a project to create contemporary repertoire for baroque flute.

She has nearly 100 published arrangements and compositions, including her 2016 work for solo piccolo, Nightsong, which has been performed in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, USA and Canada and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

She is Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble rarescale, with whom she has performed in the UK and internationally and appeared on BBC Radio 3, and Director of its associated ensemble, rarescale Flute Academy. She has a PhD from the Royal College of Music in London.

She became the first Professor of Low Flutes and Contemporary Flute at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2021, teaches the flute at Royal Holloway University of London and is Music Programme Leader for the Open College of Arts where she designed and now runs an innovative online music degree course.

She has taught masterclasses and workshops for flute players and composers at some of the world’s leading institutions, including the Juilliard School in New York and USC in Los Angeles. Recent performances include in Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Japan and Brazil, as well as at Café Oto, Iklectik and the Coronet Theatre in London, and the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast.

During the pandemic she has been working on telematic improvisation systems and has given a number of transatlantic performances streamed on YouTube. Carla plays Kingma System flutes, made for her by Eva Kingma, Bickford Brannen and Lev Levit. She is Editor of the British Flute Society’s magazine, PAN, and Chair of the New Music Advisory committee for the National Flute Association of America.