Biography

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal is Principal Flutist of the Volksoper Wien and one of the most versatile personalities in the music scene in Austria.

 

Recent highlights include soloist appearances with her orchestra at the Suntory Hall and Seoul Arts Center (Paganini Caprice no. 24), solo recitals at the Tokyo Opera City Hall and chamber music concerts with Vadim Gluzman and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus (5th Brandenburg Concerto).

 

Birgit graduated with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz and Barbara Gisler-Haase and completed a Master Class program under András Adorján at the Hochschule of Music and Theater Munich. She received important influences from Aurèle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Pierre Yves-Artaud, Michael Martin Kofler and Janos Bálint.

 

She was awarded important 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.

 

Her repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music, led her to be a young winner of numerous national and international competitions including First Prize and the special award of the Vienna Symphonic orchestra’s Anton Bruckner society at the Austrian youth music competition “Jugend musiziert” (1996), First Prize and a special award at the renowned Austrian competition “Gradus ad Parnassum” (2000) and furthermore 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 at the International Flute Competition “JeanPierre Rampal” in Paris.

 

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

 

As a soloist, Birgit 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 and the Hongkong Academy Orchestra.

 

Her intense activity as a soloist and chamber musician led her to various wellknown festivals all over the world: Salzburger Festspiele, the Festival MecklenburgVorpommern, 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, the Diabelli Summer, the Rheingau Musik Sommer, the Landecker Festwochen and at the New Music Week Shanghai.

 

She is a much sought-after partner for chamber music and a founding member of the Theophil Ensemble Wien, the Trio Partout (Flute, Viola & Harp) and a member of the ensemble xx. jahrhundert and Salzburg Orchestra Soloists.

 

Her discography includes i.a. Prokofiev Sonata, Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir on the album „Flute Voyage“ (Gramola 2015), Debussy Sonata with the Trio Partout on the album „Farbenspiel“ (CCR 2010) as well as Brahms Serenade at the chamber music album entitled „Premier Plat“ with the Theophil Ensemble Wien (CCR 2011).

 

She is former Professor for Flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and leads master classes in Europe, South America and Asia and has been a faculty member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hongkong.

 

Birgit performs alternatively on a 18k/9k Muramatsu Flute, on a Wooden and a 18k Rose Flute of the brand Powell.

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal is Principal Flutist of the Volksoper Wien and one of the most versatile personalities in the music scene in Austria.

 

Recent highlights include soloist appearances with her orchestra at the Suntory Hall and Seoul Arts Center (Paganini Caprice no. 24), solo recitals at the Tokyo Opera City Hall and chamber music concerts with Vadim Gluzman, Sonja Leipold and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus (5th Brandenburg Concerto).

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal graduated with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz and Barbara Gisler-Haase and completed a Master Class program under András Adorján at the Hochschule of Music and Theater Munich. She received important influences from Aurèle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Pierre Yves-Artaud, Michael Martin Kofler and Janos Bálint.

 

She was awarded important 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.

 

Her repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music, led her to be a young winner of numerous national and international competitions including First Prize and the special award of the Vienna Symphonic orchestra’s Anton Bruckner society at the Austrian youth music competition “Jugend musiziert” (1996), First Prize and a special award at the renowned Austrian competition “Gradus ad Parnassum” (2000) and furthermore 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 at the International Flute Competition “Jean-Pierre Rampal” in Paris.

 

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

 

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 and the Hongkong Academy Orchestra.

 

Her intense activity as a soloist and chamber musician led her to various well-known festivals all over the world: Salzburger Festspiele, 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, the Diabelli Summer, the Rheingau Musik Sommer, the Landecker Festwochen and at the New Music Week Shanghai.

 

She is a much sought-after partner for chamber music and a founding member of the Theophil Ensemble Wien, the Trio Partout (Flute, Viola & Harp) and a member of the ensemble xx. jahrhundert and Salzburg Orchestra Soloists.

 

Her discography includes i.a. Prokofiev Sonata, Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir on the album „Flute Voyage“ (Gramola 2015), Debussy Sonata with the Trio Partout on the album „Farbenspiel“ (CCR 2010) as well as Brahms Serenade at the chamber music album entitled „Premier Plat“ with the Theophil Ensemble Wien (CCR 2011).

 

She is former Professor for Flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and leads master classes in Europe, South America and Asia and has been a faculty member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hongkong.

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal performs alternatively on a 18k/9k Muramatsu Flute, on a Wooden and a 18k Rose Flute of the brand Powell.

 

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Birgit Ramsl-Gaal ist Soloflötistin im Orchester der Volksoper Wien und ist eine der vielseitigsten Persönlichkeiten in der österreichischen Flötenszene.

 

Zu den solistischen Höhepunkten der jüngsten Vergangenheit zählen ihr Debut mit dem Symphonieorchester der Volksoper Wien in der Suntory Hall in Tokyo und im Seoul Arts Center (Paganini Caprice Nr. 24), Solo Recitals in der Tokyo Oper City Hall und Kammermusikkonzerte u.a. mit Vadim Gluzman und dem Wiener KammerOrchester im Wiener Konzerthaus (5. Brandenburgisches Konzert).

 

Birgit absolvierte ihr Konzertfach- und Pädagogikstudium an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW) bei Wolfgang Schulz und Barbara Gisler-Haase mit Auszeichnung. Zeitgleich zu ihrer Wiener Ausbildung absolvierte sie überdies ein Studium bei András Adorján an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München und erhielt 2004 das Meisterklassendiplom.

 

Neben den Studien besuchte sie Meisterkurse bei Aurèle Nicolet, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Michael Martin Kofler, Jean-Michel Tanguy, János Bálint sowie bei Emmanuel Pahud in der Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

 

Wichtige Stipendien erhielt sie von der Tokyo Foundation, der Yehudi Menuhin Stiftung und dem Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, in dem sie als Soloflöte unter Pierre Boulez und Ingo Metzmacher eingeladen wurde.

 

Ihr reichhaltiges Repertoire von Barock bis Neue Musik führte dazu als junge Gewinnerin und Preisträgerin aus zahlreichen nationalen und internationalen Wettbewerben hervor zu gehen.
So erhielt sie den 1. Preis und Sonderpreis des Vereins Anton Bruckner der Wiener Symphoniker bei „Jugend musiziert“ (1996), den 1. Preis und Sonderpreis beim österreichischen Spitzenwettbewerb „Gradus ad Parnassum“ (2000) und darüber hinaus ist sie Gewinnerin des „Mozartpreis Wiesbaden 2004“ der Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2001 und 2005 erspielte sie sich Preise beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb „Pacem in Terris“ in Bayreuth und beim Internationalen Flötenwettbewerb „Jean-Pierre Rampal“ in Paris.

 

Für ihre Leistungen wurde sie von ihrer Geburtsstadt Krems/Donau mit der „Ehrenadel in Silber“ ausgezeichnet.

 

Als Solistin brachte Birgit die wichtigsten Flötenkonzerte zur Aufführung mit Orchestern wie dem Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, der Philharmonia Wien, dem Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, der Camerata Hamburg, dem Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, dem Barockensemble der Wiener Symphoniker, den Hofer Symphonikern, der Brasov Philharmonie und dem Hongkong Academy Orchestra.

 

Ihre rege Konzerttätigkeit als Solistin und Kammermusikpartnerin führten die Flötistin zu bedeutenden Festivals weltweit, wie Salzburger Festspiele, Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Carinthischer Musiksommer, Lisztfestival Raiding, Attersee-Klassik Festival, Diabelli Sommer, Rheingau Musiksommer und New Music Week Shanghai.

 

Birgit verfolgt eine rege kammermusikalische Tätigkeit. So ist sie Mitbegründerin des Ensemble Trio Partout (Flöte, Viola und Harfe), des Theophil Ensemble Wien und ist Mitglied des Ensemble XX. Jahrhundert und der Salzburg Orchester Solisten.

 

Ihre Diskographie beinhaltet u.a. die Prokofiev Sonate, Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir aus dem Album „Flute Voyage“ (Gramola 2015), die Debussy Sonate mit dem Trio Partout aus dem Album „Farbenspiel“ (Neuauflage Gramola 2019) als auch die Brahms Serenade aus dem Kammermusikalbum „Premier Plat“ mit dem Theophil Ensemble Wien (CCR 2011).

 

Sie folgte bisher Einladungen zu Meisterkursen in Europa, Südamerika und Asien und ist eine gefragte Jurorin bei Wettbewerben im In- und Ausland. Zwischen 2014-2019 war sie als Professorin für Flöte an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien und 2015/16 als Faculty Member beim Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong tätig.

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal spielt alternierend eine 18k/9k Muramatsu Flöte, eine Powell Holzflöte als auch eine 18k Rose Goldflöte der selben Firma.

 

 

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal is Principal Flutist of the Volksoper Wien and one of the most versatile personalities in the music scene in Austria.

 

Recent highlights include soloist appearances with her orchestra at the Suntory Hall and Seoul Arts Center (Paganini Caprice no. 24), solo recitals at the Tokyo Opera City Hall and chamber music concerts with Vadim Gluzman, Sonja Leipold and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus (5th Brandenburg Concerto).

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal graduated with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz and Barbara Gisler-Haase and completed a Master Class program under András Adorján at the Hochschule of Music and Theater Munich. She received important influences from Aurèle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Pierre Yves-Artaud, Michael Martin Kofler and Janos Bálint.

 

She was awarded important 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.

 

Her repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music, led her to be a young winner of numerous national and international competitions including First Prize and the special award of the Vienna Symphonic orchestra’s Anton Bruckner society at the Austrian youth music competition “Jugend musiziert” (1996), First Prize and a special award at the renowned Austrian competition “Gradus ad Parnassum” (2000) and furthermore 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 at the International Flute Competition “Jean-Pierre Rampal” in Paris.

 

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

 

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 and the Hongkong Academy Orchestra.

 

Her intense activity as a soloist and chamber musician led her to various well-known festivals all over the world: Salzburger Festspiele, 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, the Diabelli Summer, the Rheingau Musik Sommer, the Landecker Festwochen and at the New Music Week Shanghai.

 

She is a much sought-after partner for chamber music and a founding member of the Theophil Ensemble Wien, the Trio Partout (Flute, Viola & Harp) and a member of the ensemble xx. jahrhundert and Salzburg Orchestra Soloists.

 

Her discography includes i.a. Prokofiev Sonata, Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir on the album „Flute Voyage“ (Gramola 2015), Debussy Sonata with the Trio Partout on the album „Farbenspiel“ (CCR 2010) as well as Brahms Serenade at the chamber music album entitled „Premier Plat“ with the Theophil Ensemble Wien (CCR 2011).

 

She is former Professor for Flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and leads master classes in Europe, South America and Asia and has been a faculty member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hongkong.

 

Birgit Ramsl-Gaal performs alternatively on a 18k/9k Muramatsu Flute, on a Wooden and a 18k Rose Flute of the brand Powell.

 

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