Brian Berryman is one of the most sought after specialists on historical flutes in the current early music scene in Germany.
After completing his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Victoria, Canada and a Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance Practice at Stanford University in California, he studied baroque flute at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Brian appears throughout Europe and on numerous radio and CD recordings with such notable ensembles as The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Barockorchester Stuttgart, Concerto Köln and the Festspiel-Orchester Göttingen (FOG) of the International Handel Festival Göttingen founded by Nicolas McGegan and now led by Laurence Cummings.
With his ensemble La Ricordanza, of whom he is a founding member, he has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs. His solo recording, Crossing the Border and the concert programme of the same name, are a must-see for aficionados of stylistically adventurous and creative flute playing. His latest solo CD, Almost Home, explores his Nova Scotian roots: Together with guitarist Cornelius Bode he presents a programme of traditional Irish and Scottish music, as well as music from Cape Breton on Canada’s east coast.
Since 2006 he is principal flute of the period-instrument orchestra The Hannoversche Hofkapelle and can be heard as soloist regularly in their annual New Year’s Eve concert. Brian was a faculty member of the music school in Salzgitter, Germany for 18 years, teaching flute and conducting the youth orchestra, with whom he has won numerous prizes.