Biography

“captivating,” “brilliant”

The New York Times

Tim Munro is a Chicago-based, triple-Grammy-winning musician. As a flutist, writer, broadcaster, and teacher, he treats audiences as equals, welcoming them into musical worlds with passion, intelligence, and humor.

Tim is currently the St Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Creative Partner. In this role he curates the SLSO’s series at the Pulitzer Foundation, co-hosts live broadcasts on St Louis Public Radio, writes articles and program notes, and presents onstage conversations.

Tim is the flutist for the University of Chicago’s Grossman Ensemble and Principal Flute of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Recent performance highlights include appearances with Ensemble Signal, Newspeak, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.

Tim was flutist and co-artistic director of Eighth Blackbird from 2006-2015. He toured the US and seven other countries with the band, premiering more than one hundred works, co-curating several festivals, working with musical heros, and winning three Grammy Awards.

As a soloist, Tim is a “captivating”, “bravura”, and “charismatic” performer (New York Times) who can deliver “a virtuosic tour de force” (Chicago Tribune). As an ensemble member, he took part in two of the Chicago Tribune’s “10 best classical concerts of 2018.”

Tim is committed to large-scale, immersive projects that put listeners at the center of the musical experience. In 2017 he co-directed David Lang’s crowd out, which drew a choir of 1000 untrained singers from 43 of Chicago’s 50 wards. In 2020 he will direct Pulitzer Prize-finalist Christopher Cerrone’s The Last Message Received, a new work finding beauty and struggle in modern communication.

He lives in Chicago with his wife Julie, Artistic Director of Filament Theatre, and with their badly behaved orange cat. On a sunny afternoon Tim might dream of ghostwriting a musician’s biography, of sketching landscapes, of writing a crime novel…