Anita Chandavarkar

musician, educator


A versatile, virtuosic, and eclectic woodwind player, Anita Chandavarkar has performed in various notable venues throughout the United States and abroad, such as Symphony Hall and historic Jordan Hall in Boston, Millennium Park, and Green Mill jazz club in Chicago, and charming local theaters in Pescara, Italy. Her dedication to learning and embracing various musical traditions, has led her to collaborate with a wide variety of ensembles, with styles spanning the avant-garde, folk, and electronic music. 

As an orchestral flutist, Anita has performed under the batons of such artists as director of Orchestre National de Belgique, Hugh Wolff, director of Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Josh Weilerstein, and internationally-renowned composer, John Adams. As an advocate of avant-garde music, Anita also gave Chicago premiers of many new music pieces, like those of Italian composer, Salvatore Sciarrino, Columbia University composition professor, Tristan Murail, and New York-based composer Jason Eckardt. Anita accomplished this, during her tenure at acclaimed new music ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente.

Although primarily classically trained, Anita now frequently ventures out of the classical world, performing in a few musical traditions. Currently a bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) disciple in the Maihar Gharana, Anita has given performances in the form of raga, in various house concerts, as well as University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. She also pursues jazz flute and alto saxophone.

As an educator, Anita is dedicated to achieving music literacy amongst her students. She has over ten years of flute teaching experience, and had her beginnings volunteering as an instructor for the Chicago All-City Band. In this band, she taught underserved high school-aged children, flute and general music. Anita had also taught as an elementary classroom music instructor for the Bay Area based nonprofit, Music for Minors.

Anita holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish literature, from Northwestern University. Her former teachers include Walfrid Kujala, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Piccolo, Paula Robison, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center founding Artist Member, Fenwick Smith, former Second Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

She has also performed in masterclasses of such notable educators and performers as Rice University professor of flute, Leone Buyse, and Italian piccoloist, Nicola Mazzanti. She pursues continuing music education on bansuri, with Chicago-based flutist Lyon Leifer, and in jazz, with San Francisco Bay Area-based tenor saxophone player, Kristen Strom.