Amelia Lukas, Flutist

Even Mozart would have called that Lukas flute ‘magic.’

- The Pacifica Tribune


“a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry.”

- The New York Times

a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound
— The Boston Globe

Known for her especially pure tone, flexible technique, and passionate, committed performances, flutist Amelia Lukas enjoys a wide range of solo, chamber and orchestral playing. A resident of Portland, Oregon, Amelia’s recent engagements include appearing as a soloist with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, March Music Moderne, the Astoria Music Festival, Music in the Woods, and All Classical Portland, with additional chamber and orchestral performances for the Eugene Symphony, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Portland Piano International, Bridgetown Orchestra, Northwest Art Song, Friends of Chamber Music, Astoria Music Festival, Oregon Music Festival, and 45th Parallel. During her time living in New York City, Amelia was a member of the American Modern Ensemble, Ear Heart Music Ensemble, Trio Kavak, the Nouveau Classical Project, Ensemble Sospeso, Arkora, Opera Cabal, and the NeoLIT ensemble, and performed frequently with Counter(induction, the American Composers Alliance, and Columbia Composers. Past projects include flute fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Orford Sound Art Festival in addition to performances at Carnegie Hall (Main Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall), Lincoln Center, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Subculture, Roulette, and New Music New York Festival. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music and “considerable technique” (The New York Times), Amelia Lukas is a member of Fear No Music and has worked with many notable living composers including Joan Tower, Kaija Saariaho, Mario Davidovsky, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, Tania Leon, Thomas Svoboda, Robert Patterson, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kenji Bunch, Lewis Nielson, Mikael Karlsson, Angelica Negron, David Schiff, and Texu Kim. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London where she received three prizes for musical excellence. Her greatest mentors include John Heiss, Trevor Wye, Kate Hill, William Bennett, Patricia Morris, and Tara Helen O’Connor.

As the Principal and Founder of Aligned Artistry, Amelia offers sophisticated PR consulting services to the Portland arts community. An entrepreneur and new music pioneer, Amelia founded and directed the “impressive (and)… feisty contemporary-classical concert series” (The New York Times) Ear Heart Music, which "arrived as a major cultural resource in the city." (New York Arts) Based at Roulette in Brooklyn, this multimedia showcase of highly talented and adventurous performers, composers, and collaborative artists, included 85 unique concerts with over 60 premieres during its six seasons. Her speaking engagements include both the Chamber Music America and Dance USA conferences, as well as Philip Glass' MATA Festival. She has held positions as Director of Community Engagement for All Classical Portland and as Promotions Manager at G. Schirmer, and served on the Board of Directors for The Walden School, Opera Cabal, and on the advisory board for High Concept Laboratories.

Lukas has a deceptively commanding stage presence, and excels at bringing drama and fire to hyper-modernist works with challenging extended techniques.
— Oregon ArtsWatch