Affairs of the heart linger longer – our Recorder Festival has been a firmly established event on the Early Music and international wind instrument circuit since 1985.
It is thanks to the efforts of Eva & Wilhelm Becker (and their supporters) that this popular festival emerged right in the heart of Germany: their achievement in founding, financing for the long term, organising and implementing an event that celebrates all things related to the recorder and Early Music is immense. For over 30 years now, they have been bringing together a veritable A-Z of international artists in front of vast audiences, as well as instrument makers and specialist publishers. Every year they set the stage for top-class musical experiences and a meeting of equals.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the couple received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2015 for their joint and tireless commitment – a prestigious and well deserved accolade, honouring nothing less than a life’s work.
It all started in 1985 with the recorder festival days in Darmstadt; not long after, they had to switch to a larger venue – Rüsselsheim’s Municipal Theatre – on account of the festival’s great success. Since 1997, the Recorder Festival has taken place in the couple’s home town of Stockstadt am Rhein in the state of Hessen.