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Lina Andonovska

Flutist of Eighth Blackbird and International Soloist

Curiosity, fearlessness and versatility carry Lina Andonovska’s artistry around the globe. Andonovska is a rare breed in the flute world; a name that you’ll discover on both the pages of Rolling Stone and the Australian Chamber Orchestra roster, she has not only cultivated partnerships with leading composers including Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy and flautist Claire Chase, but also deep community ties from Timor-Leste to Tokyo’s incubator Wonder Site.

She is flautist of 4 time Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. She has collaborated with some of the most important ensembles of today including Crash Ensemble, Deutsches Kammerorchester, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, and stargaze. She is critically acclaimed for her interpretation of new music; Rolling Stone Magazine hailed her performance at Bang On A Can Summer Festival as “superbly played, (ranging) from sustained ‘somebody-please-get-that-tea-kettle’ squeaks to the flit and flutter of its beautifully lilting trills…”

As an orchestral player she has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and most of Australia’s symphony orchestras. She currently performs as Principal Flute with Irish National Opera Orchestra. As concerto soloist she has performed with Deutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.

Recent performance credits include a solo performance at the Melbourne International Arts Festival that was noted as “re-defining the act of going solo “ (The Age), Brett Dean’s flute concerto ‘Siduri Dances’ with Deutsches Kammerorchester, Tokyo Experimental Festival Grand Prize, appearances with stargaze at the Edinburgh International Festival, Berlin’s acclaimed Unerhörte Musik series and a solo recital at Musica Nova Helsinki. Lina released her debut solo album with Diatribe Records label in early 2020.

In 2023, she is a Trotter Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Oregon and Artist in Residence at the prestigious Australian National Academy of Music of where she is an alumna. Passionate about mentorship and coaching, she has appeared as Guest Teaching Artist at Yale University, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama, Rowan University, De Pauw University, University of Arkansas, Clemson University, University of Queensland and has been Artist in Residence at the University of Western Australia.

Lina is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Tourism,Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.

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