Flute player (medieval boneflute to Baroque traverso), composer, improviser

"Seine Flöten scheinen wie außerirdische Lichtstrahlen."    /   "His flutes shine like otherworldly beams of light."
Early Music America (summer 2009)


Norbert Rodenkirchen widmet sich seit gut 20 Jahren dem künstlerischen Dialog zwischen altem und neuen Klang, zwischen Mittelalter und Gegenwart. Einerseits hat er sich als Solist auf historischenTraversflöten und einfühlsamer Begleiter im Bereich der historischen Aufführungspraxis international einen Namen gemacht. Andererseits ist er als auch als vielseitiger Improvisator und Komponist einer experimentell archaischen Musik in der aktuellen Musikszene Kölns aktiv. Regelmäßig komponiert Norbert Rodenkirchen auch Musik für TV Dokumentarfilme und fürs Theater.  

Since more than 20 years Norbert Rodenkirchen dedicates himself to the artistic dialogue between old and new sounds, between middle ages and today. On the one hand he is well in demand a s a soloist on historic transverse flute as well as a subtle accompagnist in the scene of historically informed performance practice. On the other hand is is very active as a composer and improviser of an experimental archaic music in the new music scene of Cologne. Norbert Rodenkirchen also composes music for TV documentaries and for the theatre regularily.

Excerpts from Norbert Rodenkirchen´s medieval recordings on the channel medievallounge:


Besides intensive regular work with ensembles like Sequentia, Dialogos as well as with own ensemble projects Norbert Rodenkirchen has created three different medieval solo programs since 2001 which are also available on CD (easily to be found in the internet).  

1. Tibia ex tempore - Medieval sketches (on marc aurel edition / Raumklang) 2001

2. Flour de Flours - Guillaume de Machaut - Lais & Virelais (on marc aurel edition / Raumklang) 2008

3. Hameln Anno 1284 - Medieval flute music on the trail of the Pied Piper (on Christophorus / note1) 2012

All three are still active projects on the concert stage or in churches - sometimes in combination with text recitations of medieval poetry, modern extensions, compositions, improvisations and/or multimedia art. Please ask for more material!


HAMELN ANNO 1284,  the newest CD and concert program is based on an artistic research project on the myth and on the real events behind the story of the so called Rattenfaenger, comissioned by the WDR radio and released as a CD in 2012:    


(please go to webpage 3: "concerts")          

(...) Norbert Rodenkirchen immersed deeply into the world of the Middle Ages. The music unfolds an almost bewitching spell.
Fono Forum, August 2012


Concert video of "Hameln Anno 1284", live in Paris + interview:

Audio excerpts from the live program, recorded in Poland 2014:                                                                                     


Kontakt / contact:
Tel.: 0049 221 8701400

Artist´s photos of N.R. on all pages: Ute Dilger, ensemble photos by Johannes Ritter