Forrest Ransburg is a dynamic performer, composer and conductor whose musical interests run the gamut from Renaissance Polyphony to Tristan Murail. Forrest is currently pursuing a B. M. in flute performance and composition at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He studies flute with Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Donald Peck and Jennifer Gunn and composition with Chicago luminaries Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi. In 2011, Forrest also began an independent study program in conducting with Steven Squires. As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member, Forrest has performed in venues across the United States including Orchestra Hall, Harris Theatre, Pritzker Pavillion, Auditorium Theatre, Ganz Hall (Chicago), Goldmark Hall, Mannes Concert Hall (NYC), and the James Auditorium (NC). His performances have also been broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT and WTTW. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Forrest seeks to present compelling performances of modern masterworks as well as promoting the work of today’s emerging composers. This has led him to work with and perform for legends such as Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez as well as premiering numerous works by more than 15 young artists. Recently, Forrest was a flute participant in the 2011 session of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance where he worked with many noted contemporary performers including Marc Ponthus, Matthew Gold, Allen Blustine & Susan Palma-Nidel. Forrest has also performed as a guest flutist with numerous new music ensembles and looks forward to performing as a flutist and piccoloist with the Chicago Composers Orchestra and Access Contemporary Music in the 2011-12 season. As well as his work in the classical field, Forrest has performed in jazz, rock, folk, world and alternative settings and is a competent improviser and arranger.
As a composer, Forrest strives to maintain an uncontrived voice that defies categorization. Forrest’s music is a synthesis of meticulous craftsmanship and inherent freedom and reflects his diverse experiences as a performer as well as his interests in literature, visual art, dance, drama and film. His upbringing in the mountains of North Carolina also instilled in him a fascination with the natural world and the relationship between space and sound. Forrest’s works have been performed in Chicago, NYC and North Carolina by many of his most talented colleagues. His composition Un-Fare recently won the Gaudete Brass Fanfare competition and was subsequently premiered by the ensemble in Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall.