Bernadette Zeilinger – contrabass recorder & other flutes
Composer and performer Bernadette Zeilinger holds degrees in Education (University of Vienna), Recorder (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and in Specialized Music Performance (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland/ Music in Basel), where she studied with Alfred Zimmerlin and Fred Frith. She received the highest possible grade for her Master's recital. In 2009 and 2010 she was nominated for an Erasmus stay at Zurich University of the Arts. In 2009 she won an award from the Austrian International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) in recognition of a radio feature about contemporary music, 2011 the Fohn-Stipendium and Stipendium der Martha Wüthrich Stiftung, and 2013 the Startstipendium für Musik und darstellende Kunst des BMUKK. Bernadette Zeilinger has performed with Diego Muné, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Charlotte Hug, Svetlana Karimova, Josef Ka, Ferdinand Schmatz and others. She has given concerts and master classes in France (Paris, Bordeaux, Bormes de Mimosas), Great Britain (London, Cheltenham), Italy (Rome, Pisa, Brescia, Noci - Puglia, Palazzolo - Sicily, Turin, Genoa, Nettuno, San Giorgio del Sannio), USA (New York City, Boston, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, San Diego - California), Switzerland (Zurich, Basel, Biel, Bern), Norway (Trondheim, Oslo), Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest, Debrecen), Austria (Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Ried im Innkreis, Graz), Germany (Bremen, Freiburg, Munich) ... She has performed at Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Otto-Wagner-Kirche, Ruprechtskirche, Schloss Schoenbrunn, Wiener Konzerthaus, ORF RadioKulturhaus, Museumsquartier, Leopold Museum, Porgy & Bess and Japanese Embassy in Vienna, Belvedere Nettuno, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce in Genoa, University of Vienna, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland/ Music in Basel, University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, Northern Arizona University, San Diego University and many other venues. She performs solo as well as in various groups. She has developed her own musical language but is very flexible in her approach and often performs at readings, art exhibitions, films, audio and talking books. She values collaboration with performers who work in other genres and forms, so she has worked with many dancers, actors, story-tellers and painters.
Together with Diego Muné she initiated La Musa, Go.ETe _ Flute Festival, Ensemble ORCHIDEE and the Festival CIMT. In cooperation with Forum Zeitgeschichte & the University of Vienna, they curate the concert series La Musa at the Campus of the University.
"Bernadette Zeilinger can hold her own with anyone. She's an astute and technically brilliant musician who excels on an instrument that's rare in the field of improvisation, and her creativity, dedication and discipline are inspiring." (Fred Frith)