Tim Munro is a Chicago-based, double-Grammy-winning musician. His diverse work as a flutist, speaker, writer and teacher is united by a single goal: to draw audiences into an engrossing and whimsical musical world.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Tim was the flutist and co-artistic director of the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird from 2006 till 2015. As a member of eighth blackbird, Tim performed at major concert venues in 40 US states and abroad, worked as soloist with America’s finest orchestras, curated three music festivals, and premiered more than 100 new works, including Steve Reich’s “Double Sextet” (Pulitzer Prize winner, 2009). Tim won his second Grammy Award as a member of eighth blackbird in 2013, for the Cedille Records album “Meanwhile.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “the fierce virtuosity of Tim Munro was worth the price of admission all by itself.” Tim’s solo performances are “bravura”, “charismatic” (The New York Times), “engrossing” (Chicago Tribune) and “brilliantly clear and beautifully balanced” (Sydney Morning Herald). Tim memorizes his solo repertoire, leaving him free to add a theatrical dimension to his shows.
In October 2014, Tim released his first solo album, “one two three,” a funny, terrifying, and unpredictable journey that casts Munro as flutist, singer, amateur mathematician, and supervillain. The album was produced in collaboration with Chicago’s cassette tape label, Parlour Tapes+.
Future projects are many and varied. In the final months of 2015, Tim is music director of John Luther Adams’ monumental “Sila” at the Brisbane Festival, acts as a sabbatical replacement for Molly Barth at the University of Oregon, guest-lectures at universities around Australia, and is a featured artist at the Australian Flute Festival. Tim has upcoming collaborations with Chicago composer Dave Reminick (a funny, chaotic work for flutist-singer) and Pulitzer prize-finalist Chris Cerrone (a 20-minute work exploring the emotional potency of extreme acoustic spaces, funded by a New Music USA grant). He is co-music director for a large-scale musical project, involving 1000 performers, planned for its US premiere in Chicago in 2017.
An experienced and energetic teacher, Tim guides and provoking students to use their instruments to tell compelling tales with emotional honesty. As a member of eighth blackbird, he held faculty positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Chicago and University of Richmond, and has appeared as a guest lecturer at more than 50 universities across America. He is also a passionate writer and speaker about music, inviting audiences into his beloved musical worlds with intelligence and humor. Tim is principal flute of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, works often with the Chicago Symphony (as pre-concert speaker, substitute flutist, and Civic Orchestra coach), and has performed with many of Australia’s orchestras and chamber ensembles.