The South African recorder player, Stefan Temmingh, comes from a Dutch-South-African family of musicians. He studied at Hoërskool Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. He studied in Germany: with Markus Zahnhausen at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium München, well as with Professor Michael Schneider at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.
As a specialist for Early Music Stefan Temmingh's repertoire comprises the complete baroque literature for recorder. He performs internationally as a chamber musician and with his own Baroque ensemble, e.g. at the Bachfest Leipzig, Mosel Music Festival, Thüringer Bachwochen, Handel House Halle and at various festivals and concert series throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. As a soloist he plays with orchestras such as the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Cape Town, Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen and at the Ludwigsburg Festival.
Stefan Temmingh's commitment ranges from Baroque to modern music. One of his strong desires is to extend the boundaries of the recorder repertoire and he succeeds to surpass the usual stereotypes concerning his instrument. He regularly commissions recorder concertos and solo works by contemporary composers and performs premieres and concerts of new music. In 2008 he was awarded the contemporary music scholarship of the City of Munich. Since 2010 he has a lectureship at the Munich College of Music.
Stefan Temmingh has participated in numerous recordings for CD's, radio and TV broadcasts. He is part of the young generation of world-class recorder players: “Never before did recorder playing sound so effortless and so differentiated in terms of timbre and dynamics.” wrote Corriere della Sera (Milano, Italy) on his debut CD “Corelli à la mode” which was celebrated by the international music press in 2009. His second CD “The Gentleman’s Flute” was immediately nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2011 (formerly MIDEM Awards). In 2014, his new CD “Inspired by Song” together with soprano Dorothee Mields and his ensemble The Gentleman’s Band was released by Sony/DHM. Regularly, Stefan is compared to the legendary Frans Brüggen. He now lives in Munich, Germany.