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Cochlea Duo Homepage

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.




The Cochlea Duo 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 centered on this ensemble. Founded in 2013, the Duo is based in Switzerland, but has deep roots in North America. Recent performances have brought them to a wide range of venues, including schools, nursing homes, churches, a philosophical salon, house concerts, Radio X in Basel, Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland, and the soundSCAPE festival in northern Italy. Their current programs include works by Alex Shapiro, George Crumb, Chou Wen-Chung, Toru Takemitsu, Maurice Ravel and Gareth Farr, in addition to arrangements of traditional music from around the world. 

For the 2016-2017 season, the Cochlea Duo has commissioned new music by Michèle Rusconi, Matthew Schreibeis and Jesse Jones for their “CHAM(B)ERICA!” program. For the second consecutive year, the Cochlea Duo has been invited to the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange in July 2016 in Maccagno, Italy. The duo will tour the east and west coasts of the USA in summer 2016, culminating in a performance at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California in August 2016.






Flutist Chelsea Czuchra studied at UNCSA, Purchase College (BFA) and CalArts (MFA). She has diverse experience in the realm of new music, various world music traditions and improvisation, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, PASIC, Vancouver International New Music Festival, Darmstadt, Maison 44, U. of Kentucky, the National Flute Association and other venues. Chelsea is a passionate advocate for new music, and has collaborated with composer/performers such as Annea Lockwood, Lucky Mosko, Tristan Murail, Rita Ueda and Wadada Leo Smith. For recent chamber music commissions, she has received support from Nicati-de Luze Foundation, Swiss Interpreters Society and Stiftung Baselstadt/Baselland Musik. Her mentors include: Sandra Miller, Rachel Rudich, Stefani Starin and Lisa Cella. Based in Switzerland since 2000, Chelsea is an active freelancer and teaching artist.


Banner Photo : 2015