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The Cochlea Duo is formed by Chelsea Czuchra, flutes, and Lindsay Buffington, harp. The two American-born, Swiss-based musicians play an eclectic mix of music, with a special focus on new music.

photo: Maurice Gunning, 2018

photo: Maurice Gunning, 2018


Cochlea thrives on harpist Lindsay Buffington and flutist Chelsea Czuchra’s combined interest in a broad spectrum of music, including original works and transcriptions for flute and harp, as well as a commitment to commissioning new works for this ensemble. Founded in 2013, the Duo is based in Switzerland, and maintains strong connections to artists and presenters in North America. The Cochlea Duo has twice been in residence at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy (2015, 2016) and has recently given performances at the 2016 National Flute Association convention in San Diego, “An Die Musik” in Baltimore, in Lausanne and other Swiss venues, as well as a regional tour in 2016 in eastern North Carolina. Grants received include commissioning funds from the Nicati-de Luze Foundation.

Cochlea’s repertoire includes original music by Toru Takemitsu, Gareth Farr, Astor Piazzolla among others, and commissioned works by Michèle Rusconi and Jesse Jones. Lindsay and Chelsea's performances have been featured on KXLU Los Angeles and Radio X in Basel. Their 2018-2019 concert program "Vespertine" features music by Andy Scott, Jocelyn Morlock, Hamilton Harty, Jesse Jones, Gion Antoni Derungs and Toru Takemitsu.

Upcoming Cochlea projects include the “Little Songbook Project” with soprano Liz Pearse, which features works by Ursula Mamlok, George Crumb and other composers originally commissioned by the Jubal Trio. “Little Songbook Project” will commission new works for the Cochlea Duo and Liz Pearse over a multi-year cycle, by composers including Valerie Coleman and Jesse Jones among others, featuring extant and new poetry. In July 2018, the trio and the composers Pierce Gradone and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon will be in residence at Avaloch Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire. “Book One” of the project will tour North Carolina in fall of 2018, presenting new pieces by Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.

As co-commissioners, Cochlea and Liz Pearse are the recipients with the composer Ryan Molloy of a 2017-2018 Irish Arts Council grant. This grant is for a collaborative new work by Molloy and the poet Martin Dyar. The new piece, a song cycle entitled "Buaine na Gaoithe", will be premiered in October 2018 at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland. The trio will subsequently tour Ireland, with performances and workshops at the Irish World Academy in Limerick, National Library of Ireland in Dublin and the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, among others.

flyer design: Kristin Messina

flyer design: Kristin Messina

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Passionately dedicated to the flute and new music in particular, Chelsea Czuchra is an active performer in Europe and North America. In addition to working as a freelance orchestral player, Chelsea has diverse experience as a collaborative musician in the realms of new music, various world musics and improvisation. Current projects include the Cochlea Duo with Lindsay Buffington, harp, commissioning new works for flute and harp, the Little Songbook Project with Liz Pearse, soprano and Cochlea Duo, and an on-going project commissioning works for vocalizing/moving flutist. For different commissioning projects, Chelsea has received grants from the Nicati-de Luze Foundation, Basel City/Land, and the Swiss Interpreter’s Society.

Chelsea has performed at the Zeiträume Festival Basel, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, PASIC, Vancouver Int’l New Music Festival and Darmstadt Festival. With different chamber music ensembles she has performed at various universities including University of Kentucky in Lexington, University of Tennesse in Knoxvillle, Berea College, University of Southern California, UCSB and CSU-LA among others. Radio appearances include KXLU in LA, Radio X in Basel, Switzerland and ‚Relevant Tones’ at WFMT Chicago.

Chelsea studied at UNCSA with Philip Dunigan, NC Governor’s School, Purchase College (BFA) with Sandra Miller and Stefani Starin, and at the California Institute of the Arts with Rachel Rudich. Other flute mentors include John Fonville, Dorothy Stone, James Newton, Marianne Stücki, and Lisa Cella.

Based in Basel, Switzerland since 2000, Chelsea also maintains an active teaching schedule, working with flutists from 5 to 85 in both the Swiss and international communities.


Banner Photo : 2015