Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman received a 2015 Grammy® Award at the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Winds Of Samsara reached #1 on the US Billboard Charts and also peaked at #1 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 International Radio Airplay Chart in the month of July 2014, winning both the ZMR ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best World Album’ awards.
His latest album Love Language was released in August 2015 and debuted at nr. 1 on the World Music Billboard charts in its first week. In December 2015 it received a Grammy® nomination, Kellerman’s second nomination in as many years.
Australian-based Kellerman has also been recognised in his native South Africa, winning six SAMA’s (South African Music Award, equivalent to the American Grammy). Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds his inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures, and colours that his flute can bring, pushing the instrument into new planes of creativity.
The last few years have seen Kellerman performing in Berlin, Shanghai, New York, Sydney, and beyond, including an appearance in front of 700-million people as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony. Recent appearances include sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 2014 and 2015, as well as a 2016 performance for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was televised to more than 200 million people.
Passionate about teaching and empowering young people, Kellerman has sponsored the living expenses of ten children in the SOS Children’s Village in Ennerdale, South Africa for the past 15 years. For his continued efforts in helping give these children a better life, Kellerman was nominated for the Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.
Kellerman's strikingly original flute-playing can be heard on the soundtrack of the Emmy Award-winning film, Eye of the Leopard.