About Me

 

The Austrian flutist Birgit Ramsl-Gaal was born in 1980 in Krems an der Donau.

She attended the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied instrumental teaching and instrumental studies with Wolfgang Schulz and Barbara Gisler-Haase. She completed both her studies with distinction. While studying in Vienna, she also trained with András Adorján at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich where she received her master class diploma in 2004.

Even before having completed all her academic studies, she was hired as Principal Flute in the Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna. Since march 2014, she is now professor for flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Franz Schubert Institute for woodwinds).

She draws her inspiration from master classes she attended with Aurèle Nicolet, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Michael Martin Kofler, Jean-Michel Tanguy, János Balint and with Emmanuel Pahud at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

She was awarded grants from the Tokyo Foundation, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra to which she was invited as Principal Flutist, performing under conductors Pierre Boulez and Ingo Metzmacher.

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal has won many prizes at national and international competitions. In 1996, she won the 1st prize and the special award of the Vienna Symphonic orchestra’s Anton Bruckner society at the Austrian youth music competition “Jugend musiziert”. In 2000, she won the 1st prize and a special award at the renowned Austrian competition “Gradus ad Parnassum” as well as winning the competition “Musica Juventutis” which awards the winners each a concert as a soloist at the Konzerthaus Vienna. Furthermore, Birgit Ramsl-Gaal won the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation’s “Wiesbadener Mozartpreis 2004”. In 2001 and 2005, she won prizes at the international music competition “Pacem in Terris“ in Bayreuth and the international flute competition “Jean-Pierre Rampal” in Paris, respectively.

For her achievements, she was awarded the “Ehrennadel in Silber” by the city of Krems.

Her busy concert schedule has led her all over the world, presenting herself at the Salzburg Festival, the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Festival Latinoamericano de Música Caracas, the Murten Classics, the Carinthian Summer Music Festival, the Lisztfestival Raiding, the Attersee-Klassik Festival, the Millstatt Music Weeks (Internationale Musikwochen Millstatt), the Diabelli Summer, the Rheingau Musik Sommer, the Landecker Festwochen and at the castle Halbturn (Halbturner Schlosskonzerte).

As a soloist, Birgit Ramsl-Gaal has performed all major flute concertos with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, the Philharmonia Vienna, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Camerata Hamburg, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra Baroque Ensemble (Barockensemble der Wiener Symphoniker), the Hof Symphony Orchestra (Hofer Symphoniker), the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Women’s Chamber Orchestra of Austria (Frauenkammerorchester von Österreich), the Innviertler Symphonie Orchester and the Hongkong Academy Orchestra.

In January 2014, she gave her debut concerts as a soloist in Japan (at the Suntory Hall) and South Korea (at the Seoul Arts Center) with the Symphony Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper.

In the last few years, she was invited as a guest player into the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, as well the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic.

Apart from her work as an orchestra musician, she also has a passion for chamber music and is a member of the Theophil Ensemble Vienna, the Trio Partout, the ensemble xx. jahrhundert  and the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists. Her dedication to chamber music has also led to performances with the Ensemble Kontrapunkte, the Thomas Christian Ensemble and the Piano Duo Kutrowatz.

In July 2015, she released her solo album “Flute Voyage” (Gramola records). Further CD recording as well as broadcasts on television and on the radio document her musical career.

She leads master classes in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, South America and Asia and has been a faculty member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hongkong since 2015.

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal plays an 18k/9k flute by Muramatsu Inc. She is married to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s bass trombonist Mark Gaal and lives in Vienna.