»With weightless virtuosity and touching timbre.«
The recorder player Kerstin Fahr performs as a soloist and with many world-renowned early music ensembles including the Berliner Barock Solisten, Concerto Melante (chamber music ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic), the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Stagione Frankfurt or the Neumeyer-Consort. She is a member of the ensemble Teatro del mondo.
Enthusiastic and fascinated by both early music and its performance practise as well as contemporary music, she devotes herself intensivley to chamber music and interdisciplinary projects with other arts such as dance or literature. She regulary performs with Lea Rahel Bader, Flóra Fábri, Romain Kuonen, Andreas Küppers, Raimar Orlovsky and Georg Poplutz.
Kerstin has performed at international music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Bachfest Leipzig, the Festival d’Ambronay or the Festival Grandezze & Meraviglie in Modena and has appeared at the Vienna Musikverein, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg or the Opéra Royal in Versailles. Kerstin’s projects also include opera productions by the Aalto theatre Essen, the theatres in Darmstadt and Gießen, the historic Ekhof theatre in Gotha or the Frankfurt Opera.
She regulary participates in CD and radio productions. She has recorded Telemann's A minor Suite for recorder and strings with the Neumeyer Consort and Felix Koch, the Brandenburg Concertos with the Berliner Barock Solisten and Reinhard Goebel, as well as the first recording of the Anonymous Concerto grosso per flauto from the Harrach manuscript together with the ensemble Teatro del mondo and Andreas Küppers.
Born in Schwäbisch Hall, Kerstin Fahr studied the recorder at conservatoires of Freiburg, Frankfurt and Lyon with Agnes Dorwarth, Michael Form, Michael Scheider, Martin Hublow and Pierre Hamon and successfully completed her studies with the soloist exam. In addition, she studied the baroque violin with Petra Müllejans, Gottfried von der Goltz and Swantje Hoffmann. Kerstin was awarded 1st prize in Erta Italia competition in Padua in 2010 as well as the 3rd prize at the Moeck SRP competition for solo recorder in London in 2011. For several years she was sponsored by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Muisc Now Foundation.
Just as important to Kerstin as her artistic practice is teaching, to which she also devotes herself with great enthusiasm. Since 2015 she has been a lecturer for the recorder and methodology at the University for Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main and held a substitute professorship there in the summer semester 2019. Since September 2019 she has also been teaching recorder at the Conservatoire de Lausanne.
From september 2023, Kerstin Fahr will teach recorder at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Lucerne School of Music).