Altus Artist Brian Allred enjoys a varied repertoire as a soloist, with orchestras, and as a chamber musician. He won first place and best performance of the newly commissioned work in the 2019 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition in Texas and also received top prizes in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Contemporary Performance Competition at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Brian performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Golden Classical Music Awards. He has also been a prizewinner in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition and a finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition. In November 2019, Brian appeared as a soloist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, performing Kaija Saariaho's Aile du songe. Brian currently serves as Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, flutist in the Additive Color Ensemble, and on the New Music Advisory Committee with the National Flute Association.
Brian completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas where he served as the flute Graduate Teaching Assistant and studied with Michael Gordon of the Kansas City Symphony and Dr. Sarah Frisof. He received his Master of Music from Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom. In addition to his studies and performing in Birmingham, Brian developed an interest in Baroque flute and won first prize in the Corton-Hyde Early Music Prize. During his undergraduate study at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Brian performed regularly with a number of ensembles including the Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City with the Crane Symphony Orchestra.
Hailing from Plano, TX, Brian spent his formative years as a musician playing both violin and flute in school. During his time in Potsdam, NY, he developed a love for dance, embracing his musical knowledge as a choreographer and performer. Brian continues to expand his involvement in the arts, exploring new avenues for sharing his work with new audiences.
Brian has been teaching private lessons for over fifteen years to students from ages 8 to 80! He teaches beginners up through advanced students. Brian's students have received superior ratings at solo and ensemble contest and placed into honor bands including the Sousa Junior Honor Band (KS) and All-State ensembles.
I believe that technique serves musicianship and that it is important the student feels he or she gets to make music in every lesson and in every practice session. Every technical exercise should have a direct musical application, and every single lesson should be tailored to the student’s needs. Although not every student will want to become a professional flutist, my goal is to get every student to enjoy the process of working toward his or her greatest potential.
I like to show students how capable they are and give them the tools to become self-sufficient musicians.