Barbara Kortmann Salon Series Recital – Flute Center of New York
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Barbara Kortmann Salon Series Recital

Barbara Kortmann
European Female Composers of the 19th Century
Salon Series Recital
with  Irena Portenko, piano
February 19, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

at the Flute Center of New York
307 7th Ave, Suite 401
New York, NY 10001
Tickets are free, but space is limited.
Please email to reserve your ticket.

The program will feature works by female composers, including Clara Schumann, Luise Adolpha le Beau, Emilie Mayer, Dora Pejacevic, and Cécile Chaminade


Flutist Barbara Kortmann was born in Munich (Germany)in 1985. 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.

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.

Her solo debut-album ‘Inner Lights’ was released by the famous German label GENUIN in January 2017 and is highliy commended since then by musical and non-musical journals worldwide.

In September 2017 'Inner Lights' received the highest recognition at the GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS and was a three times Gold Medal winner in the categorys 'classical flautist', 'instrumentalist' and 'album'.

In August 2018 the NATIONAL FLUTE ASSOCIATION of the United States invited Barbara Kortmann as the only German performing artist to play several solo performances at their 46th Annual National Flute Convention in Orlando/Florida.

As Germany correspondent for the American magazine The Flute View, the October 2018 issue also featured her article "positive vibes - a German flutist at NFA".

Barbara Kortmann completed her studies with Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hanover University of Music, with Felix Renggli at the Musicacademy of Basel in Switzerland and at the University Mozarteum Salzburg with Michael Martin Kofler in Austria.