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Comedian and recorder player Gabor Vosteen has created a show that unites music, poetry and comedy. His trademark is his unsurpassed ability to play five recorders at the same time; he was subsequently named The Fluteman. Having toured for several years with different shows (including two years as the main act of Circus Roncalli), Gabor decided to bring his unique world of flutes to the stage.
In THE FLUTEMAN SHOW Gabor presents his vision to save the world with humanity’s most important instrument and shows unbelievable facets of the recorder that have never been seen or heard before. Using a selection of plastic recorders, a rock-style electric recorder, the only leopard bass recorder in the world and bold new ideas about the recorder, the musician goes on a mission, connecting Bach, Paganini, pop music and his own music with unbelievable comedy to create the original universe of the flute-master Gabor Vosteen.
Duration: ca. 70 minutes
Direction: Ines Hu
Comedy consultant: Florian Butsch
Music production: Simon Steger
Props: Anke Gänz
You´re laughing so hard you could easily miss what a brilliant virtuoso he is on the humble recorder. SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG
Gabor Vosteen is a recorder player and comedian. He studied recorder at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thieme and took masterclasses with Prof. Michael Schneider. He then continued with Clown Studies at the National Circus School in Budapest and Physical Theatre at Ecole Lassaad in Brussels.
Following his studies, he took his unique mixture of virtuosic recorder playing and visual, non-verbal comedy on the road, touring festivals, concert houses, cabarets and circuses, sharing his enthusiasm for making music with young and old alike.
His shows – a mixture of virtuoso recorder playing and physical comedy – have led to collaborations with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Southwest German Philharmonie Konstanz and with members of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, among others; they have also resulted in appearances at the KKL Lucerne, Kongresshaus Zurich and Konzerthaus Dortmund, as well as at festivals such as the Musica Antiqua Festival in Bolzano, Italy. Gabor Vosteen was also the main act with the Circus Roncalli in the SaltoVitale show. He has performed in cabarets and festivals in Germany and worldwide and appeared on TV shows such as Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde in France and The Slammer Returns for Children’s BBC in Manchester.
Last season Gabor Vosteen made his debut at Konzerthaus Wien and in Reykjavik. He was also a guest at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (where he is a frequent guest), and toured Europe with the Nights of the Proms.
This season, Gabor Vosteen will make his Hong Kong debut with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Further highlights include an appearance with musicians of the Gewandhaus Orchestra at the Gewandhaus Leipzig and with the Sinfonieorchester Ludwigsburg for their New Year's concert, as well as engagements in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Taiwan.
Gabor Vosteen is deeply engaged in music outreach and education (including Rhapsody in Schools, MäckPomm, workshops, and school orchestra projects). He has been awarded numerous prizes the world over, including the Audience Prize at Tuttlinger Krähe in 2014, first prize at the Koblenz Gaukler- und Kleinkunstpreis in 2014 and the Audience Prize and second prize from the jury at the European cabaret competition Niederstätter surPrize in Bozen. In January 2017 Gabor Vosteen and Fumagalli received a joint prize at the 1st Grand Prix der Artisten in Hannover. He was also a finalist in the Hamburger Comedy Pokal and the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest on Broadway in New York, where the former IMG Artist Director Edna Landau singled him out in her press review as a personal favourite.
In 2019 his Soloshow was winner at the YAM Awards for Best Small Ensemble as well as at the competition Herborner Schlumpeweck.
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•YAM Awards 2019 / Best Small Ensemble
•Herborner Schlumpeweck 2019, Jury Prize
•St. Ingberter Pfanne 2019, Finalist
•KleinKunstPreis Gauklerfestival Attendorn 2017, 1st Prize
• Grand Prix der Artisten 2016/17, 3rd Position, Weihnachtscircus Hannover
• Hamburger Comedy Pokal 2016, Finalist
• Gaukler - und Kleinkunstpreis der Stadt Koblenz 2014, 1st Place
• Tuttlinger Krähe 2014, Audience Award
• International Youth Festival - Contest in Circus Art, Moscow 2013, Special Prize, Zirkus Nikulin, Rosgocirk
• Europäischer Kleinkunstwettbewerb Niederstätter surPrize 2012, Audience Award & 2nd Jury Prize, Bozen, Italy
• WQXR Classical Comedy Contest 2011, Finalist, Carolines Comedy Club Broadway, New York
Vosteen is the Pied Piper of Hamelin among the woodwinds: one whistle, and everything succumbs to his flute – seduced and captivated by his pantomimic charm, his musical virtuosity from baroque to rock, his crazy costumes and, yes – even the globs of fun in uninhibited nonsense.SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG, 7/10/2020
Gabor Vosteen, who has long since won the hearts of more than a thousand listeners, was able to demonstrate his stupendous ability in a recorder concerto by Georg Philipp Telemann. Vosteen's artistry as outlined in the concert programme was surpassed by reality. An incredibly light and frothy game of natural comedic talent.
The flautist melds musical virtuosity, the comedy of mime, bizarre outfits and a startling mastery of wordless vivacity into a sensational performance.
SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG, 9/09/2019
Vosteen has a remarkable gift for timing and situational comedy; with the confidence and acrobatic grace of a mime he masterfully plays with the audience’s expectations, seducing them with his beguiling charm.
SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG, 09/2019
Vosteen proved to be a master of his instrument not only musically but also comedically.
Goslarsche Zeitung June 24, 2019
An exceptional flautist and a comedic talent: with his remarkable show, Gabor Vosteen has given this instrument an entirely new image.
NNN, May 2, 2018, Maria Pistor
The absolute highlight: Mozart [...] on five flutes simultaneously [...] but he always intermingles this with virtuosic, smaller pieces [...], which show that he has mastered the instrument perfectly.
NGZ Online, March 14, 2018, Hans Georg Marzinkowski
And you´re laughing so hard that you could easily ignore what a brilliant virtuoso he is on an instrument as commonplace as the recorder.
Saarbrücker Zeitung, March 11, 2016, Circus Roncalli
As the evening´s crowd-pleaser, Gabor Vosteen performs several performances as "Fluteman." He combines virtuoso flute-playing with mischievous comedy to create a wonderfully refreshing clown act.
Augsburger Allgemeine, October 2015