Barbara Kortmann

Artist photo of Barbara Kortmann - Flute

For me listening to Barbara play was a rare delight.
Sir James Galway

Flutist Barbara Kortmann was born in Munich in 1985. She completed her studies with Andrea Lieberknecht and Felix Renggli in Hannover and Basel and at the Mozarteum with Michael Martin Kofler. Her concert debut at the age of 14 at Hamburg’s Laiszhalle was followed by an active concert career in Europe and the U.S., where she gave her American debut at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

With her vibrant presence, exceptional creative drive, and remarkable flute-playing skills, Barbara Kortmann has won national and international acclaim. She is the prizewinner of several competitions, including the International Music Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest, Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments, and Märkische Cultural Conference Competition – which she was the first flutist ever to win, earning her the prestigious 2010 Märkische Music Scholarship.

In 2012 she won first prize at the International Music Competition American Protégé, also winning the jury’s special prize and prize for the best performance of the whole competition. In 2015 she won first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition in Paris. At the International Sir James Galway Flute Festival 2016, she was honored with the Rising Star Award.

With her concert and radio recordings, together with her interviews, Barbara Kortmann has featured on nearly all the major German radio stations. In 2016 she was appointed instructor at the Hanover University of Music, where she leads her own flute class.

Photography: Neda Navaee

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