MICHAEL MARTIN KOFLER
Michael Martin Kofler was born in 1966 in Villach and finished his studies with highest marks at the Academy of Music in Vienna with Prof.Wolfgang Schulz and Prof.Werner Tripp and at the Music Academy Basel with Peter-Lukas Graf. During this time he also attended masterclasses with Aurele Nicolet and Andre Jaunet.
In 1987 Michael Martin Kofler became principal flutist of the Gustav-Mahler-Youth-Orchestra under the leadership of Claudio Abbado, in December 1987 Maestro Sergiu Celibidache engaged him as principal flutist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was playing under the leadership of James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel and now Valery Gergiev.
Already since his early youth Michael Martin Kofler won several prizes at international competitions, such as Prague, Brussels, Bari, Uelzen and the ARD-competition Munich. He was awarded the Price of the Austrian Ministry of Art and Science.
Since 1983 Michael Martin Kofler is giving solo concerts, recitals, chamber music evenings in whole Europe and Japan and has been engaged for CD and radio recordings as well as TV performances. He is a regular popular guest with more than 90 renowned orchestras like The Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, the big Symphony Orchestras of Munich, Stuttgart, Prague, Moscow, Salzburg, Linz, Ljubljana, Bratislava, Calgary, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Mexico, Osaka, Kyoto, Zagreb, Warszawa, Belgrade, and the Chamber Orchestras of Munich, Vienna, Stuttgart, the Zagreb Soloists, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Budapest String Soloists, the Berlin Barock Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga, the Classical Polish Philharmonic, the Austrian Chamber Orchestra and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn etc.
He worked together as soloist with famous conductors like James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Fabio Luisi, Dimitri Kitajenko, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Hans Graf, Milan Horvat, Hubert Soudant, Andrey Boreyko, Pawel Prztocki, Katsushi Ono, Gunther Schuller, Pavel Kogan, Hans Graf, etc.
As chambermusician he plays together with the pianists Paul Badura-Skoda, Irwin Gage, Stefan Vladar, Stephan Kiefer and Ikuyo Nakamichi, the guitarist Konrad Ragossnig, the harpists Regine Kofler (his wife), Han An Liu, Sarah O’Brian and Xavier de Maistre, the Clarinettist Martin Spangenberg, the string players Benjamin Streicher, Veronika Hagen, Clemens Hagen as well as the Mandelring Quartett and the Mozart-Quartett Salzburg
Since 2016 he appears also more often as conductor and has been invited by different orchestras like Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra (DE), Györ Philharmonic orchestra (H), Capella Crakoviensis PL (Krakau) etc.
In addituion since 1989 Michael Martin Kofler is professor at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum Salzburg, teaches at masterclasses in Europe, Korea, Japan and China and takes part as panel of judges at important competitions such as ARD-competition Munich, International Kobe flute competition, Prague, Cremona, etc.