People often think that classical music is difficult to grasp, but if you allow yourself to truly listen, you’ll find that it’s the only language that speaks to all.
Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Breid is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. Breid has given her solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. Additional accolades include First Prize in the Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition, First Prize in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, First Prize in the Florida Bach Young Artist Competition, Honorable Mention in the Myrna Brown Flute Competition, and Finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition.
Equally versatile as an orchestral musician, Breid currently serves as Solo Piccolo for the Omaha Symphony, second flute for Sarasota Opera (2020), as Second Flute for Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also served as Principal flute and Piccolo for the Des Moines Symphony, Assistant Principal flute of the Omaha Symphony, and Piccolo/Assistant Principal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as Principal Flute of the New York Festival Orchestra, and has also played with the Richmond Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival as part of the Kent-Blossom Summer Music Program, and has participated in prominent festivals including the Wintergreen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Lakes Area Music Festival in northern Minnesota.
As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Breid is committed to the creation of new and innovative programming to make classical music more relevant and accessible. Alyssa is the founding member of the Omaha based trio, TRIOmaha (flute, oboe, piano). TRIOmaha has performed as part of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, Vespers Concert Series, in addition to being a part of the Nebraska Arts Council, Touring Artists Roster. TRIOmaha has also performed and given masterclasses at the majority of prominent universities in the state of Nebraska and Iowa. Currently, Breid is the newest member of The Georgetown Quintet, an innovative woodwind quintet based in Washington, D.C.
Breid holds a Master’s Degree with honors from New England Conservatory where she studied with Paula Robison, and a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Bonita Boyd. She engaged in post graduate flute studies with Elizabeth Rowe (Boston Symphony, Principal Flute), and piccolo studies with Cindy Meyers (Boston Symphony, Piccolo). Alyssa Breid is currently an Emerging Artist with Miyazawa Flutes.