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::: Biography :::


Verena Wüsthoff studied the recorder at the Academy of Music Cologne (D) and the Academy of Arts HKB, Berne (CH) and is a dedicated performer of contemporary music, both as soloist and as a member or guest of various ensembles (Windspiel, The Slide Show Secret, Tibia, QNG etc.)
A great interest in contemporary chamber music for recorder, and the development of innovative concert-programmes that combine music with media and other arts are vital aspects of her artistic work.
In order to develop and explore the recorder-repertoire for new sounds and dramatic qualities she pursues the cooperation and dialogue with composers and artists all over the world, currently Mexico, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. As a result, new chamber music pieces for the recorder are being written by various composers and premiered by Windspiel | Contemporary Music Duo.
She regularly tours Europe and abroad for concerts, and her programmes have been staged at well-known festivals and concert series, such as Biennale Berne, CH, El Colegio Nacional, MX, Hiram CFS, USA, Documenta Kassel, D etc.
Lectures and composers' workshops in cooperation with universities and cultural institutions (e.g. IMD, UCSD, FNM Young Composers Project, Monash University etc.) complement her artistic work.
In 2003 she won the special award for "most dramatic performance" at the international CHAIN-competition for contemporary music in Riga. She was artist-in-residence at SITKA Center for Art&Ecology USA (2007) and visiting artist at Hiram College OH, USA (09) and Monash University Melbourne (10). Verena has received grants from the American Recorder Society (07), the Toepfer-Stiftung Hamburg (08) and Ohio Arts Council (09).