Nathalie Joachim
Flutist, Composer, and Vocalist
Chicago, IL
2020 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Walder Foundation.

Nathalie Joachim is a Brooklyn born Haitian-American flutist, composer, and vocalist known for her “powerful and unpretentious voice” (The New York Times). Joachim is co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo Flutronix and the former flutist of four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird.

She comfortably navigates everything from classical to indie rock, all while being a committed advocate for cultural awareness. As a composer, she is regularly commissioned to write for instrumental and vocal artists, dance, and interdisciplinary theater, each highlighting her unique electroacoustic style. Upcoming works include Discourse, an evening-length performance, community engagement, and social change initiative commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts; new solo instrumental works for cellist Seth Parker Woods and violinist Yvonne Lam; and larger scale chamber works for So Percussion, Lorelei Ensemble, and Duo Noire. Fanm d’Ayiti, Joachim’s evening-length work for flute, voice, string quartet, and electronics, celebrates Haitian female artists and her heritage. The work is currently touring with Chicago-based Grammy-nominated ensemble Spektral Quartet, and was recently released on New Amsterdam Records as her first featured solo album.

Joachim is Director of Contemporary Chamber Music at the Perlman Music Program, a guest teaching artist for The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme, and holds faculty positions at the Bang On a Can Summer Festival and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Portrait photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien.