Emma Gerstein is the second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). She was appointed to the post in 2017 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Before her appointment to the CSO, she appeared with the Orchestra as a guest several times, including performances during the Asia 2016 tour with Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, Gerstein most recently served as the section Principal Flute of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.
Prior to her position with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Gerstein was a Flute Fellow at the New World Symphony from 2013-2016, and Principal Flute of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in Kentucky for the 2012/13 season. In addition, she has performed as part of the flute section with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and as guest principal flute with the Seattle Symphony. Emma has participated in the Aspen, Spoleto USA, Sarasota, Orford, and Cabrillo festivals.
A native of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Gerstein began her flute studies at age 8 with Susan Levitin and was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She went on to study at Manhattan School of Music with Robert Langevin, and at Indiana University with Thomas Robertello.
Gerstein has taught privately in Auckland and has given master classes at the University of Kentucky and Auckland University. In the summer of 2017, Gerstein and harpist Emily Granger performed together as part of a recital tour of Australia and New Zealand.