Recorder player Stefan Temmingh has been compared with Frans Brüggen, the legendary Dutch player of the instrument, not only for sheer virtuosity, but also for his efforts to establish the recorder on concert stages in new ways.
Temmingh was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1978 and moved to Munich, Germany, where he still lives and holds a lectureship at the Munich College of Music. He studied in Munich with Markus Zahnhausen and in Frankfurt with Michael Schneider.
Temmingh plays major Baroque literature for recorder, often in fresh ways. He has participated in chamber groupings, has played as a soloist with other ensembles, and has led a small Baroque group of his own. These efforts have been greeted with strong critical acclaim ("Never before did recorder playing sound so effortless and so differentiated in terms of timbre and dynamics," raved Italy's Corriere della Sera [Milano] about Temmingh's CD debut, Corelli à la mode), and awards (his sophomore CD, The Gentleman’s Flute, was nominated for an International Classical Music Award in 2011). Temmingh has recorded for top German and Belgian labels: Oehms, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Accent. He joined soprano Dorothee Mields for the 2014 release Inspired by Song. His recordings have grown increasingly adventurous in concept as his career has proceeded; his 2017 album of Vivaldi recorder concertos with the Capricornus Consort Basel unusually juxtaposed Vivaldi with Bach preludes and featured such continuo instruments as a psaltery.
Temmingh has appeared at the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Mosel Music Festival, the Bach Weeks Thuringia, the Handel House om Halle, and at various other festivals and concert series throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. As a soloist he plays with orchestras such as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (Cape Town), the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, and at the Ludwigsburg Festival. He has often commissioned new works for the recorder, and in 2008 the City of Munich awarded him a contemporary music fellowship.
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