Esther Fredrickson

austin symphony flutist Ester FredricksEsther Fredrickson is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and plays flute and piccolo with several symphony orchestras across the Southwest. She joined the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 2019, is a tenured member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and performs regularly with the Santa Fe Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, and New Mexico Philharmonic.

Her work in chamber music includes appearances with Chatter ABQ, and with Eighth Blackbird in the live-version premiere of Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet. In 2011, Esther was selected as a winner of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, with an adventurous program of Baroque and contemporary unaccompanied flute music. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Oregon, and studied with Michel Debost, Alexa Still, and Molly Barth.

When she is not performing, practicing, or teaching, Esther spends her time growing fruit, pulling weeds, driving a tractor, and building things with her husband, Kenny. They live in Albuquerque’s South Valley with their two dogs, in an adobe house they designed and built together.