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