In 1996, an unusual ensemble presented themselves for the first time in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie: the 14 Berlin Flutists. The motto of the concert was “Unbounded Flute Fun”, and the title was intentionally ambiguous, referring not only to the instrumentalists’ unqualified joy in making music, but also to the fact that musicians from East and West Berlin could collaborate just a few years after reunification without being impeded by a border.
Andreas Blau, then principal flutist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, conceived the idea. To be able to put together an ensemble in which the entire sound spectrum from piccolo to concert flute and alto flute to contrabass and sub-contrabass flutes would be represented, he needed – besides all the Philharmonic flutists – colleagues from other Berlin orchestras: the Staatskapelle, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the orchestras of the Deutsche and Komische Operas, as well as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester.
Already at the first rehearsal it was evident that the musicians harmonised with one another and had a great time. That hasn’t changed at all in the 20 years that the flutists have been performing together since then. At this anniversary concert, the programme will consist of the most successful pieces in their repertoire: arrangements of well-known works in the ensemble’s special, unmistakeable sound, as well as original works composed over time for the 14 Berlin Flutists. The concert will be presented by Klaus Wallendorf, formerly principal hornist of the Berlin Philharmonic.