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Very often, Stefan Temmingh is called the “Successor of Frans Brüggen”, a “Faun with the recorder” or a “Revolutionary on his instrument”. One thing is clear: The South African recorder player and winner of the prestigious German ECHO Klassik Award belongs to the internationally leading soloists on his instrument.
His projects and recordings show that he is an artist who is not simply following well-known paths. Stefan Temmingh is setting new standards for his instrument, he is creating a new recorder tradition. Already with his first Corelli album he succeeded in crossing the boundaries of repertoire and sound: “Never before did recorder playing sound so effortless and so differentiated in terms of timbre and dynamics.” (Corriere della Sera). In 2014, his CD “Inspired by Song” together with soprano Dorothee Mields and his baroque ensemble was released by SONY/dhm. The recording was listed among the top 10 CDs of 2014 in the critics’ survey by German music magazine Fono Forum. His second CD project with Dorothee Mields “BIRDS” (also SONY/dhm) is about birds in baroque music and was launched in 2015. The CD was recommended by almost all national German radio stations and, for “BIRDS”, Stefan Temmingh received the ECHO Klassik Award 2016 as Instrumentalist of the Year (Flute). In 2017 Stefan Temmingh recorded the complete recorder concerti by Antonio Vivaldi with Capricornus Consort Basel for which he was awarded an International Classical Music Award 2018, the Editor’s Choice of Gramophone Magazine and the French Diapason d’or as “the new reference for this repertoire” (Diapason). After his highly acclaimed Handel duo CD with harpsichordist Wiebke Weidanz in 2019, his third CD with Dorothee Mields and works by G. Ph. Telemann was released in autumn 2020.
As a specialist for Early Music Stefan Temmingh’s repertoire comprises the complete original literature for recorder. He performs internationally as a chamber musician and with his ensemble “The Gentleman’s Band”, e.g. at the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Mosel Music Festival, the Bach Weeks Thuringia, the Handel Festivals in Halle and in Göttingen, at Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Boston Early Music Festival, the NCPA Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall and at various Early Music festivals and classical concert series worlwide. As a soloist, he plays with baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras such as the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the WDR Funkhausorchester, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra South Africa and at the Ludwigsburg Festival. Since 2017 he has been collaborating closely with the Swiss baroque orchestra Capricornus Consort Basel.
Stefan’s commitment ranges from baroque to modern music. He regularly performs baroque concertos, but also commissions and performs premieres of contemporary recorder works. Since 2015, he has repeatedly been invited to conduct his orchestra engagements from the soloist desk.
Born in Cape Town, Stefan Temmingh comes from a Dutch-South-African family of musicians and now lives in Munich and Freiburg. Initially he studied with Markus Zahnhausen in Munich, then with Prof. Michael Schneider in Frankfurt. In 2008 he was awarded the contemporary music scholarship of the City of Munich. Since 2019 he has a professorship at the University of Music in Freiburg
Biography (short version)
The South African recorder player and ECHO Award winner Stefan Temmingh is one of the internationally leading soloists in his field. Born in Cape Town, he now lives in Munich and Freiburg. His concerts and recordings show that he is an artist who is not simply following well-known paths. Stefan Temmingh is setting new standards for his instrument, he is creating a new recorder tradition. Already with his remarkable debut album “Corelli à la mode” he succeeded in crossing the boundaries of repertoire and sound. His CDs with soprano Dorothee Mields “Inspired by Song” and “BIRDS” (both SONY/dhm) were critically acclaimed by the music press and brought him the prestigious German ECHO Klassik Award as Instrumentalist of the Year (Flute) 2016. In 2018 his Vivaldi CD was awarded an International Classical Music Award, the Editor’s Choice of Gramophone as well as the Diapason d’or as “the new reference for this repertoire” (Diapason).
As an Early Music specialist he plays worldwide with his baroque ensemble “The Gentleman’s Band” at renowned festivals and concert series. As a soloist, he plays with various baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia and Africa and increasingly conducts from the soloist desk. He initiates and participates in numerous projects and premieres of contemporary music. Regularly, Stefan is compared to the legendary Frans Brüggen. Since 2019 he has a professorship at the University of Music in Freiburg.