Principal Flute of the Volksoper Wien
The principal flutist of the Volksoper Wien enjoys an excellent reputation as a versatile soloist, sought-after chamber musician and passionate and successful teacher. Birgit has won the most important Austrian competitions and has been awarded prizes at numerous international competitions, including the International Music Competition "Pacem in Terris" in Bayreuth in 2001, the "Mozart Prize 2004" Wiesbaden and the International Flute Competition "Jean-Pierre Rampal" in Paris in 2005. She studied with Wolfgang Schulz, Barbara Gisler-Haase and András Adorján and graduated with distinction in Vienna and Munich. As a soloist she has performed all the major flute concertos in Europe and Asia with various orchestras, including the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Camerata Hamburg, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include appearances as a soloist at the Seoul Arts Centre/South Korea and the Tokyo Opera City Hall /Japan. Her enthusiasm for chamber music in a wide variety of formations has led her to major to important festivals worldwide: Salzburg Festival, MecklenburgVorpommern Festival, Richard Strauss Festival, Festival Latinoamericano de Música Caracas, Murten Classics, Grafenegg Festival, Liszt Festival Raiding, Attersee-Klassik Festival, Millstätter Musikwochen, Rheingau Musik Sommer and New Music Week Shanghai. She is a founding member of the Trio Partout (flute, viola & harp), the Harmoniemusik of the Volksoper Wien, the Theophil Ensemble Wien and a member of the ensemble xxi. jahrhundert , the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists and the Mozart Ensemble of the Volksoper Wien. CD recordings with solo and chamber music as well as radio and television recordings document her musical work. In January 2022, her new album "The Bird of Life" was released with first recordings on the renowned Naxos (8.579111), for which she has received excellent reviews at home and abroad and complements her previously recorded albums such as "Flute Voyage" (Gramola 2015) and the chamber music albums "Farbenspiel" (reissue Gramola 2019) and "Premier Plat" (CCR 2011). The former professor of flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) follows invitations to give master classes at renowned institutions and festivals around the world. Since 2018 she has been a board member of the Austrian Flute Society and is a welcome guest on jury panels at home and abroad.