MICHAEL MARTIN KOFLER
Michael Martin Kofler was born in Villach, Austria in 1966 and obtained a Flute Performance degree with distinction at the Vienna Musikhochschule under Werner Tripp and Wolfgang Schulz, as well as studying with Peter-Lukas Graf at the Basel Music Academy.
In 1987 Sergiu Celibidache invited him to join the Münchner Philharmoniker as Principal Flute.
He has been honored with many prizes at competitions (ARD, Brussels, Prague, among others) and was also the recipient of Cultural Endowment Prizes awarded by the Münchner Konzertgesellschaft and by the Austrian state of Carinthia, as well as receiving an honorary prize from the Austrian Ministry of Science and the Cultural Prize of his native city of Villach.
Since 1983 Michael Martin Kofler has performed concertos, recitals and chamber music as a flute soloist throughout the world and has also been featured as a soloist and chamber ensemble member on DVD, CD and in recordings for radio and television. He regularly performs as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Strings, the Vienna and Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras of Munich, Prague, Moscow, Tokyo, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.
He has performed as a soloist with conductors such as James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman and Jonathan Nott.
His chamber music partners have included Paul Badura-Skoda, Irwin Gage, Stefan Vladar, Stephan Kiefer, Konrad Ragossnig, Xavier de Maistre, Regine Kofler, Martin Spangenberg, Benjamin Schmid, Clemens and Veronika Hagen as well as the Mandelring Quartet and the Mozart Quartett Salzburg.
Since 1989, as a professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg Michael Martin Kofler has worked with considerable success with a solo performance master class, and has been invited to important international competitions as a jury member, as well as to teach master classes in Europe, Asia and America.
Born in Munich in 1971, Regine Kofler studied with Ragnhild Kopp at her native city’s Richard Strauss Conservatoire and furthered her studies as a scholarship recipient of the City of Munich to study at the Conservatoire National de Region Bordeaux with Marie Emanuelle Allant Dupuy and Catherine Denis as well as take master classes with Germaine Lorenzini in Lyon.
She also received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and completed a graduate degree in music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in 1994 and completed her solo performance degree (Konzertexamen) with distinction at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart with Prof. Therese Reichling.
Since 1994 she has regularly performed with orchestras and as a soloist with the Münchner Symphoniker, with the Orchestra of the Halle Opera House and with the European Symphony Orchestra. From 1994 to 1998 Regine Kofler was Solo Harpist with the ‘Junge Deutsche Philharmonie’ and from 1998 to 2003 was a member of the Hof Symphony Orchestra. She pursues a busy career as a concert artist with wellknown conductors such as Marek Janowski, Ingo Metzmacher and Lothar Zagrosek as well as appearing at important concert venues in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, at the Berliner Festwochen and at the London Proms.
She regularly appears in duo performances with various partners at many European music festivals including those in Zagreb and Cracow.
Regine Kofler has studied with Gabriella Bosio (Turin) to become the first instructor in German-speaking Europe trained to teach the harp according to the Suzuki method. Her many years working as an assistant to M.E.A. Dupuy as well as teaching harp in Kreuth and Brixlegg document her successful teaching career.