Romantische Flötenklänge – verträumt und virtuos
Raphael Gärtig studied flute at Dresden’s “Carl Maria von Weber” College of Music under Prof. Johannes Walter (a longtime principal flautist of the Dresden Staatskapelle), obtaining a double diploma in orchestral performance and music pedagogy.
He also benefited greatly from private lessons with Prof. Eckart Haupt as well as by attending the masterclasses of Robert Aitken and Kate Clark.
The topic of his diploma thesis (reviewed by Prof. Manfred Fechner and Prof. Ludger Rémy) was an edition and commentary of the Concerto in F major for Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo (QV 5:139) by Johann Joachim Quantz, the manuscript of which is in the archives of the Saxon State and University Library (SLUB) in Dresden.
After completing his studies, Gärtig developed a strong interest in historically informed performance practice, in particular the Baroque and Renaissance flute.
Gärtig was born in the city of Görlitz. At the local “Johann Adam Hiller” music school he initially learnt the recorder with Evelyn Kießling before taking up the flute under Marianne Schmidt-Brümmer. At the same time he took piano lessons. After preparatory tuition at Dresden’s College of Music with Prof. Arndt Schöne, he attended the Saxon Special School of Music (Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gymnasium; today: Landesgymnasium) from 1994–1998 with flute as his main subject under Prof. Ruth Börner and piano as a minor subject under Prof. Marlies Jacob.
From 1998–2000 Raphael Gärtig was a member of the Komponistenklasse Halle-Dresden where he received instruction in composition from Hans Jürgen Wenzel and Karsten Gundermann.
Raphael Gärtig works as a freelance flautist in Dresden, teaches at two music schools and since 2008 has been an instructor at the European Music Workshop in Altomünster. He is in much demand as a soloist and orchestral player as well as a chamber musician. For example, he has appeared in concert with Sibylla Rubens, Guido Schiefen, Sonja Korkeala, Markus Kreul, Jana Reiner and Matthias Grünert. He maintains a close and successful partnership with the German-Australian composer George Dreyfus, who also dedicated a solo piece for flute to him.
[…] This was already evident in the first piece, the rarely heard Flute Quartet in G major (KV 285a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This particularly intimate chamber work is certainly not intended for the large stage. With their introspective and inspired performance, Raphael Gärtig (flute), Sonja Korkeala (violin), Paulina Riquelme (viola) and Guido Schiefen (cello) did justice to this – one might say – heavenly music of the young Mozart. The musicians treated every single note as a jewel, thereby achieving an interpretation of supernatural beauty.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Adolf Karl Gottwald, 22/23 April 2017
[…] Of Mozart’s quartets for flute, violin, viola and cello, the only one to be regularly heard in the concert hall is the D major. Yet over the course of four years, all of these works have been performed by the excellent chamber group made up of Raphael Gärtig (flute), Sebastian Caspar (violin), Sandra Rieger (viola) and Guido Schiefen (cello). […]
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Adolf Karl Gottwald, 7/8 April 2018
[...] Exemplary [...] has been the musical endeavor of flautist Raphael Gärtig over recent years: The brilliant musician from Görlitz opened each of his evening concerts with one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s flute quartets – this year he completed the cycle with the Quartet in A major (KV 298). What’s more: Gärtig raised this work to a whole new level. Mozart’s lively music truly took flight in his hands, and with a clear trajectory – out into the world, as it were, to the mountains on the horizon. This achievement was also down to his co-interpreters: Sebastian Caspar (violin), Sandra Rieger (viola) and Guido Schiefen (cello). […]
Aichacher Zeitung, Horst Kramer, 6 April 2018
[...] And then came the masterful performance of the “kammerorchester heidenau e. V.” and flautist Raphael Gärtig, who brought “Il Gardellino” by A. Vivaldi to life with music that fluttered joyously through the church. […]
Elbhang-Kurier 7/2000, S. B.
to Raphael Gärtig for his intelligent and highly informative programme notes!
Aichacher Zeitung, Horst Kramer, 21 April 2017