Dorothea Seel is a specialist in 18th and 19th century flutes and has performed with leading historical performance ensembles such as The English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln and Concentus Musicus Wien. She is artistic director of the Baroque Soloists of Munich with whom she has released award-winning CDs of flute concertos by Bach (Supersonic Pizzicato Prize) and Vivaldi and, most recently, “Al Capriccio” with solo concertos by Johann Zach. (Pasticcio Prize, November 2018, Ö1 Radio ORF & Supersonic Pizzicato Prize). She has recorded flute sonatas by C. P. E. Bach (2015), G. F. Händel (2015), “The Romantic Flute” (2016) and Johann Nepomuk Hummel Flute Sonatas (2018) for the Hänssler Classic label (Pasticcio Prize, May 2019, Ö1 Radio ORF). Dorothea Seel will record a new Album in 2019 with Christoph Hammer on famous Opera transcriptions of the 19th century for flute & piano. Dorothea is fascinated by the science and practice of playing 19th century instruments and has made a special study of the relevant sound aesthetics. She teaches performance practice on historical 19th century flutes at the University Mozarteum Salzburg / Innsbruck. In 2017 Dorothea received her doctorate from the Artistic and Scientific Doctoral School of Graz University of the Arts and has been working there since 2018. In 2018 she was awarded the Austrian State Prize “Award of Excellence” by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her dissertation “Der Diskurs um den Klang der Flöte im 19. Jahrhundert” (publ. 2019, Wißner-Verlag Augsburg).
Christoph Hammer, born in 1966, is one of the most distinguished and versatile musicians in the field of early music today. After winning a first prize in the organ division of the German Young Performers Competition “Jugend musiziert” in 1983, he studied organ at the Munich Academy of Music, taking master classes with various renowned specialists in historical keyboard instruments. At the same time he studied literature and musicology at the University of Munich and at the University of California, Los Angeles on a scholarship from the Maximilianeum Foundation Munich and the German National Academic Foundation.
Since 1989, Hammer has focused on playing historical keyboard instruments, especially the Hammerklavier / fortepiano. He has achieved an international reputation as a soloist and Lied accompanist, as well as a chamber musician. A great number of CD recordings – many of them as world premiere recordings
From 1996 to 2009 Christoph Hammer has been the musical director of the baroque orchestra “Neue Hofkapelle München”, with which he has made various world premiere recordings, and in 2003 he founded the Residenz Festival Munich. As a conductor also has worked with orchestras such as the Baden State Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. In 2002 he was awarded the Cultural Prize of the State of Bavaria for his numerous activities in the field of early music, and he received an Award of Recognition from the Bavarian People’s Foundation in 2004. In addition to his performance activities, Hammer is especially dedicated to the rediscovery of lesser known composers, and researches and edits their works. He has given master classes at the Prague Conservatory, Yale University, the Julliard School, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and others. Christoph Hammer was appointed professor of historical keyboard instruments at the University of North Texas USA in the summer of 2009. Since summer 2012 he is also professor at the Leopold Mozart Center of the Augsburg University, since 2017 also director
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