Bridget Douglas

Born in Dunedin, Bridget completed her undergraduate music studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where she studied flute with Alexa Still. She was 3rd placegetter in the Gisborne International Music Competition and a finalist in the National Concerto Competition. 

Bridget went to study in the USA with the assistance of a Fulbright Graduate Award and Creative NZ Music Scholarship. On completion of her MMus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook – where she studied flute with Samuel Baron - Bridget became a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for a season.

While in the USA, Bridget won several competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist’s Competition and an Artists International Award, resulting in recitals at New York’s CAMI Hall and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She was 3rd placegetter in the Tilden Prize in New York and a semi-finalist at the International Flute Competition in Markneukirchen (Germany).

Bridget returned to New Zealand in 1997 to join the NZSO as Associate Principal Flute and was appointed Section Principal Flute in 2000. She is an Artist Teacher in Flute at the New Zealand School of Music.

She is a member of the harp/flute duo Flight, wind quintet Zephyr and the contemporary ensemble Stroma. Bridget is actively involved in performing and commissioning new NZ music and has released four CD’s (with the assistance of Creative NZ): Syrinx French music for flute and piano; Taurangi music by New Zealand composers (both with pianist Rachel Thomson on the Trust Records label); Flight music for flute and harp with Carolyn Mills and Zephyr NZ Wind Quintets (both on the Atoll CD label). Three of these Cd's were shortlisted for Best Classical Album by the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.