The Kennedy Center

Wouter Kellerman



Biography

Wouter Kellerman is one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures, and colors of his flute, creatively blending these flute sounds with other instruments and vocals. Mr. Kellerman has performed at the at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global television audience of 700 million people. 

Mr Kellerman started playing the flute at the age of ten. In 1981, he appeared as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kellerman was featured in several South African orchestras, gaining musical accolades along the way. He won the Perrenoud Foundation Prize during the 1997 Vienna International Music Competition.

Mr. Kellerman focused his attention on world music, exploring the versatility of the instrument and fusing classical and contemporary sounds. This combination results in a potent and thrilling musical encounter. Mr. Kellerman is taking his classically-infused world music to a global audience. He released his new album, Two Voices, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Australia. In Australia, he combined the album release with a nationwide tour, which was supported by Johnny Clegg’s Down Under tour.

Passionate about teaching and empowering young people, Mr. Kellerman has sponsored 10 children in the SOS Children’s Village in Ennerdale for the past 14 years. He also financed the building of a house in the SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg. For his continued efforts in helping these children, Mr. Kellerman was nominated by the SOS Children’s Villages for the Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy. He continues to facilitate the teaching of young dance and music students.
To follow Mr. Kellerman’s journey, please visit: www.wouterkellerman.com.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/26/2012: Wouter Kellerman

One of South Africa’s foremost flautists, he explores world music and fuses classical and contemporary sounds.

Wouter Kellerman