The Bassill Family Chair
Yukie Ota earned her Bachelor degree at TOHO GAKUEN School of Music in Japan where she studied under Nad Nozu, principal ﬂautist of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she studied Baroque Flute (Flauto Traverso) under the well known Baroque and Modern ﬂautist of Japan Masahiro Arita.
In 2012, Yukie received her Master’s Degree from DePaul University School of Music, Chicago, where she studied under Mathieu Dufour, the principal ﬂautist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she became the principle ﬂautist at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Michigan.
Between studies, she worked on different genres of repertoire and varying styles of interpretation. As a young artist she was invited to participate in music academies and had the opportunity to perform at well-known festivals around the world such as the Musica Riva Festival in Italy, The Music Festival in Oviedo, Spain and the Kyoto Music Academy in Japan.
Additionally, she was invited to participate in Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland conducted by Valery Gergiev, The Paciﬁc Musical Festival in Japan conducted by world renowned Riccardo Muti and Fabio Luisi, and also Incheon & Arts Festival in Korea conducted by Chung Myung-Whun.
In 2011 she won First Price in the Chicago Flute Club Solo Artist competition. She occasionally has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra of Japan and The Ravinia Summer Festival in Chicago.
The Bassill Family Chair
The Rose Krogh Chair
A Japan born flutist Yukie Ota came to the United States in 2007. Yukie received her Master of Music Degree from the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, where she studied under Mathieu Dufour, the current principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic.
In 2014, Yukie Ota won 2nd prize in the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition. She became famous when a butterfly landed on her during the competition and she continued to play without letting the butterfly impact her performance. Known as “Madame Butterfly” her video was viewed over two million times on YouTube. Yukie also received the Orchestra Prize, Audience Prize, and the Children's Jury Prize from the competition. Earlier in 2014, she won the “Newly Commissioned Work” Prize at the 36th annual Young Artist Competition during the National Flute Association convention.
In 2011, she won first prize in the Chicago Flute Club Solo Artist Competition. As a soloist, Yukie has performed the Carl Nielsen Flute concerto with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed chamber music with principal players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia.
As an orchestra player, Yukie has served as principal flute for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra since 2011. She performs as a substitute flutist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at the Ravinia Festival, and with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. She also joined the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on their Japan concert tour.
Yukie was invited to participate in orchestra academies and has had the opportunity to perform at well-known festivals around the world such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Pacific Musical Festival in Japan conducted by Riccardo Muti and Fabio Luisi, and the Incheon & Arts Festival in Korea conducted by Chung Myung-Whun.