Claudia Anderson is known for her originality and brilliance as a solo and chamber music performer across the U.S. She is a founding member of the innovative flute duo ZAWA! and of New Prairie Camerata, a chamber initiative based in Grinnell that showcased the community's historical and architectural gems through performance and community participation. A Fulbright scholar to Italy, Ms. Anderson was subsequently principal flute of the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She is presently principal flute with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa, a guest artist and clinician at many colleges and music series nationwide, and teaches flute and directs the flute ensemble Fresh Flutes at Grinnell College. She serves also as Young Artist Seminar flute faculty and Area Head of Winds during the summers at Rocky Ridge Music Center, and founding artist faculty of the summer flute intensive Passion Flute: Foundations for Creative Performing.
Equally at home in both the standard and contemporary repertoire, Dr. Anderson has commissioned and arranged works for solo and duo format. She is engaged in a writing project about artistry in flute playing and beyond. Other faculty positions have included the Universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa, Ithaca College and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
She is active in the National Flute Association as winner of multiple competitions and, subsequently, adjudicator for many of them. Her recorded solo and duo performances can be found on the Centaur, Neuma and CRI labels. Her solo CD, American Flute (Centaur Recordsk), was awarded five stars from Classical Pulse. Duo CDs include ZAWA! (Neuma, 2001), ZAWA2 (ZawaMusic, 2006) and Duos for Flute and Oboe (Centaur, 2005).