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Kersten
Mc Call

principal flute

The son of composer Brent McCall, the German flautist Kersten McCall grew up in Donaueschingen, where the Donaueschingen Festival for contemporary music is still held every October. It was in this rich musical environment that McCall took up the flute at the age of nine. He later studied with Felix Renggli at the Schaffhausen Conservatory in Basle and with Renate Greiss and Aurèle Nicolet at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik.

He won first prize at the 1997 Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan and third prize at the 2000 ARD International Music Competition.

McCall served as principal flautist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, also having played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed principal flautist of the Concertgebouworkest in November 2005.

McCall is also a world-renowned chamber player, having co-founded the Ensemble est!est!!est!!! for new music in 1995 and serving as a member of the Linos Ensemble since 2000.

The Foundation Concertgebouworkest commissioned the Dutch flute maker Eva Kingma to build a bass flute in C for the flute group in 2015

The son of composer Brent McCall, the German flautist Kersten McCall grew up in Donaueschingen, where the Donaueschingen Festival for contemporary music is still held every October. It was in this rich musical environment that McCall took up the flute at the age of nine. He later studied with Felix Renggli at the Schaffhausen Conservatory in Basle and with Renate Greiss and Aurèle Nicolet at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik.

He won first prize at the 1997 Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan and third prize at the 2000 ARD International Music Competition.

McCall served as principal flautist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, also having played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed principal flautist of the Concertgebouworkest in November 2005.

McCall is also a world-renowned chamber player, having co-founded the Ensemble est!est!!est!!! for new music in 1995 and serving as a member of the Linos Ensemble since 2000.

The Foundation Concertgebouworkest commissioned the Dutch flute maker Eva Kingma to build a bass flute in C for the flute group in 2015

Kersten McCall backstage before an open air concert in Sao Paulo. (RV)
Kersten McCall backstage before an open air concert in Sao Paulo. (RV)
Kersten McCall and conductor George Benjamin discuss a passage from György Ligeti's 'Double Concerto'. (RV)
Kersten McCall and conductor George Benjamin discuss a passage from György Ligeti's 'Double Concerto'. (RV)
Flautist Kersten McCall, bassoonist Gustavo Nuñez and clarinetist Olivier Patey work with the help of piano tuner Michel Brandjes on the intonation of a fragment immediately after a rehearsal. (RV)
Flautist Kersten McCall, bassoonist Gustavo Nuñez and clarinetist Olivier Patey work with the help of piano tuner Michel Brandjes on the intonation of a fragment immediately after a rehearsal. (RV)
Kersten McCall plays alongside oboist Ivan Podyomov during a concert. (RV)
Kersten McCall plays alongside oboist Ivan Podyomov during a concert. (RV)
Kersten McCall is soloist in Lotta Wennäkoski's 'Soie' for  flute and orchestra. (RV)
Kersten McCall is soloist in Lotta Wennäkoski's 'Soie' for flute and orchestra. (RV)
Kersten McCall is soloist in Lotta Wennäkoski's 'Soie' for  flute and orchestra. (RV)
Kersten McCall is soloist in Lotta Wennäkoski's 'Soie' for flute and orchestra. (RV)
Kersten McCall plays chamber music with colleagues in the Amsterdamzaal. (RV)
Kersten McCall plays chamber music with colleagues in the Amsterdamzaal. (RV)