Stockstadt Recorder Festival

Maurice Steger is the artistic director of the Stockstadt Recorder Festival, the world’s most comprehensive festival celebrating all things related to the recorder and its music.

We are delighted to announce that Maurice Steger shall be in charge of directing three important events this year. We will be introducing the three concert series in the coming weeks, starting with the Stockstadt Recorder Festival in Germany, an event that celebrates all things related to the flauto dolce and the music written for it and which takes place in May every year.

After 33 successful years, Maurice Steger has now taken over the festival’s artistic direction. The festival will be celebrating its 34th edition under his directorship, and its concerts, trade fair and seminars featuring predominantly Early Music will be setting the tone for future events. We are excited and welcome you to join us!

May 10-13, 2018: We’d like to wish you a warm welcome to the Stockstadt Recorder Festival!

We are pleased to present to you the 2018 programme for this unique festival during which the flauto dolce (recorder) takes centre stage, and we invite you to enjoy a few unforgettable days in Stockstadt.

This tradition-rich event is once again getting underway and includes courses, concerts and the music trade fair. For the first time, we would like to extend an invitation to join us on Thursday afternoon and play with Stockstadt’s large recorder orchestra at a pre-festival warm up in the Altrheinhalle concert venue.

As usual, the music festival starts on Friday with the master class – and we are very happy to be joined this year by several professors who shall be instructing ensembles and soloists. This will be followed by the music trade fair, the most prestigious fair in the field of recorders and Early Music.

Taking part in the exhibition are some of the most renowned recorder makers from Europe and overseas, publishers, music store representatives and producers. We can’t wait to see the exhibition hall decked out in vivid colours. New this year: you have the chance to test instruments in a separate room, enjoy a few minutes of silence and focus on the instrument’s tonal qualities. Don’t hesitate to ask us about this facility on the day.

In our series of 7 concerts, you are cordially invited to revel in this multifaceted experience which showcases Early Music and extraordinary recorder sounds. Friday will delight us with a performance of Italian music on plucked and bowed string instruments; Saturday is all about love – both sweet and delirious – and on Sunday, Flanders will be paying us a visit. We are welcoming the recorder players Dorothee Oberlinger, Maurice Steger, the young talent Laura Schmid, the Continuo players Daniele Caminiti and Sebastian Wienand, the ensembles Los Temperamentos, l’Ornamento, Flanders Recorder Quartet and the Baroque orchestra La Stagione Frankfurt with Michael Schneider and Karl Kaiser.

We are very pleased to present our best contemporary recorder players and excited to partake in the Stockstadt festival alongside you – an event at which we all come together to celebrate, to exchange experiences and be inspired by the unique ambience, by sounds, beautiful instruments and valuable contacts.

Together with Jo Kunath, the new head of the organisation at Stockstadt, another innovation has been introduced: on Thursday afternoon, all musicians are cordially invited to gather in the venerable Altrheinhalle concert venue and play alongside the Stockstadt recorder choir. Here, the main emphasis is on the communal aspect: everyone can have a go, and we will have fun making music together. Enjoyment for all is the name of the game.

Together with his wife Silke, Jo Kunath is also working on making the large trade fair featuring instruments and publishers in the neighbouring exhibition hall into one of the most international, inspiring and comprehensive events. It attracts people from all over the world: recorder makers and manufacturers of various flute instruments, publishers, makers of early music instruments, authors of textbooks and many more. All attendees enliven this exhibition, which covers 1,200 m² – making it the largest trade fair to celebrate all things related to Early Music and the recorder in all its facets.

Those visiting Stockstadt will get to experience an exciting interplay between innovative features, wonderful instruments, new knowledge (including a public masterclass on Friday at 11 a.m.) and many more surprises.

We are looking forward to seeing you in May!


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