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Ruth Wentorf was born in Hamburg.  She completed her studies with Prof. W. Richter in Frankfurt/M. and in Hamburg with Prof. G. Zoeller.  Further studies led her to Zürich, where she worked with André Jaunet.  From 1981 - 2014 she taught flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. Since 2002 she teaches the flute class at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg.  As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in Europe, Israel and China and her specialisation in contemporary music led her to play numerous world premieres with works by Peter Förtig, Manos Tsangaris, and Christoph Wünsch, to mention a few.  Her main artistic activities include teaching Master classes, chamber music courses, and radio and CD recordings.  As a juror at competitions she is internationally active.  She also writes articles for various music magazines about flute technique and interpretations, as well as reviews.

Ruth Wentorf is the Chairwoman of the German Flute Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte e.V.) and editor of the magazine Flöte aktuell.