Norbert Rodenkirchen

a native of Cologne, studied flute at the Conservatory in that city with Hans Martin Mueller and baroque traverse flute with Guenther Hoeller. After receiving his diploma Norbert Rodenkirchen became involved in new music, new jazz and experimental theatre. He was a member of the Coming Age Orchestra led by the reknowned jazz musician Gunther Hampel and founded his own improvisation ensemble, which was inivited to perform at the Festival of New Jazz in Moers. During this time he also worked as a composer and musical director a the Theater im Ballsaal in Bonn.

A deep interest in archaic musical forms found in European cultures as well as others, led to an appointment to organize the festival URKLAENGE for the Abtei Brauweiler with the composer Johannes Fritsch. The festival program focused on medieval and contemporary music. The success of this venture inspired Rodenkirchen to concentrate as a flutist on the music of the Middle Ages.

Since 1995 he has been a permanent member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble for medieval music Sequentia and has performed with them at Lincoln Center (New York), Notre Dame (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London) and the Casals Hall (Tokyo) among others.

In addition to his work as a performer, Norbert Rodenkirchen continues to be a sought-after composer for film and theater music, often for the West German Radio in Cologne and at the State Theater in Darmstadt.

Norbert Rodenkirchen