Dr. Kris Palmer made her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001 to rave reviews as a winner in the Artists International Competition. The New York Concert Review called Palmer’s performance “incisive and expressive…particularly enchanting…with sensuous tone and pace.” Noted for her performances of music from the eighteenth century, Kris has performed the concerti of C.P.E. Bach and Mozart in the United States and Europe, and she is the author of the book, Ornamentation According to C.P.E. Bach and J.J. Quantz. “Clearly, the author is knowledgeable about ornamentation…” states the American Music Teacher magazine. The New York Concert Review states, “Palmer is clearly among the few current performers on any instrument to fully understand the nature of Baroque music.”
Kris is a second-prize winner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, a first-prize winner in the Ruth Burr Awards in Houston, and a first-prize winner in the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition. She was a finalist in the Hemphill-Wells Sorantin Young Artist Award in Texas, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition in Texas, and the William C. Byrd Competition in Michigan. As an avid chamber musician, Kris was a co-recipient of an invitation to the National Endowment for the Arts’ Rural Residencies program in 1993.
Kris received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and both her Master of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rice University in Houston. Kris studied with Roger S. Stevens, Carol Wincenc, Walfrid Kujala, Anne Diener Zentner, John Thorne, Leone Buyse, and Gaetano Schiavone, Associate-Principal Flutist of the Rome Opera and Professor of Flute at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
As a member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Kris served as Acting Principal Flutist on four state-wide tours during the 1998-1999 season while simultaneously holding the position of Principal Flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. Prior to these positions, Kris held the chair of Second Flutist with the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. She has also performed with the Houston Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the Ohio Light Opera Company, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival.
Kris currently runs the flute program at the Dominican Sisters School of Music in Fremont, California. She is a frequent guest lecturer on eighteenth-century performance practice techniques, with engagements at the San Diego Flute Festival, the Music Teachers Association of California State Convention, and the San Francisco International Flute Festival.
For more information, visit www.krispalmer.com