Flutist Leela Breithaupt performs and teaches both Baroque flute (traverso) and modern flute and has appeared in the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and chamber settings. Focusing on period-specific approaches to playing music from seventeenth century French Baroque to 21st century avant garde, she has been lauded for her “great dexterity and extraordinary talent" (Norddeutsche Rundschau). Ms. Breithaupt is currently recording a series of CD projects of French Baroque orchestral music with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Barthold Kuijken. In 2015, she was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant to record a CD titled, Inner Chambers: Royal Court Music of Louis XIV with her trio, Les Ordinaires. Ms. Breithaupt works as an active liaison between modern flute and traverso through national Go Baroque masterclasses on Historically Informed Performance for modern flute. Since 2014, she has written a series of articles on Baroque playing for Flute Talk magazine.
A dynamic chamber musician, Ms. Breithaupt is a core member with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, and Bloomington Baroque. As a modern flutist, she has appeared with orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony, the Berlin Capella, the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra where she performs regularly. She has been broadcast on Deutschland Radio and NPR’s Performance Today and has premiered works by Sukhi Kang and Michael Hersch. Her discography includes All Hail the Sun King (Indie Barock) with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, The Vanishing Nordic Chorale (Musik Ekklesia), and Beethoven Tänze & Menuette (Koch International) with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic.
Ms. Breithaupt studied with Robert Willoughby at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, and with Karlheinz Zoeller in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste where she received an Artist Diploma (Konzertexamen) with high honors. Her Baroque flute playing has been largely influenced by Barthold Kuijken through her work with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.