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Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

Young Artist in Residence: Aaron Perdue

Flutist Aaron Perdue APM photo/Nate Ryan
18min 53sec : Aaron Perdue Interview Part 3
20min 17sec : Aaron Perdue Interview Part 2
19min 53sec : Aaron Perdue Interview Part 1

Originally from Colorado, Aaron Perdue grew up in a rural town with a population of 300 and began playing the flute at age nine. He later went on to study with Jeanne Baxtresser at Carnegie Mellon University where he received his bachelor's degree.

As a freshman, Perdue won the Carnegie Mellon University Concerto Competition and was the only winner selected among all instruments and degree levels. He was also one of 30 students out of a class of 1400 to be selected as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar.

Perdue went on to win top prizes in a number of prestigious competitions, including the Hellam Young Artist Competition and the Young Texas Artists Competition.

He was also a fellow at the Music Academy of the West for three summers. During his last summer, he was a concerto competition winner and performed as a soloist with the festival orchestra.

Perdue has a Master of Music degree from Rice University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate under Leone Buyse. He is also a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist and a private flute teacher, holding a studio of 12 students.

Perdue demonstrates circular breathing

Flutist Aaron Perdue APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue and pianist Christopher McKiggan perform in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue and pianist Christopher McKiggan perform in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Pianist Christopher McKiggan performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue and pianist Christopher McKiggan perform in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue and pianist Christopher McKiggan perform in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan
Flutist Aaron Perdue and pianist Christopher McKiggan perform in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN APM photo/Nate Ryan