Wouter Kellerman

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Wouter Kellerman
Born (1961-09-20) 20 September 1961 (age 55)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Genres World, Roots, Classical, Jazz, Instrumental
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Flute, "c" flute (traverse flute), Bass Flute, Fife, Alto Flute, Bansuri (Indian Flute)
Years active 1981–present
Website wouterkellerman.com
Notable instruments
Nagahara Gold C Flute, Copper Yamaha Alto

Wouter Kellerman (born 20 September 1961) is a Grammy Award-winning South African flautist, producer and composer who has won six South African Music Awards.[1] Using his classical training as a foundation, Kellerman has focused his attention on World and Roots music, exploring the versatility of the instrument and fusing classical and contemporary sounds.

Kellerman received a Grammy Award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards[2] for his 2014 album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Winds of Samsara reached No. 1 on the US New Age Album Billboard Charts[3] and also peaked at No. 1 on the ZMR (Zone Music Reporter)[4] Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in the month of July 2014.

Kellerman’s latest album 'Love Language’ (2015) received a Grammy® Nomination[5] for 'Best Contemporary Instrumental Album', and won a SAMA for 'Best Instrumental and/or Classical Album'.[6] It debuted at nr. 1 on the World Music Billboard charts in July 2015.[7] This album also featured at No. 1 on the ZMR Top 100 International Radio Airplay Chart in August 2015,[8] and spent 11 weeks in the CMJ New World Top 40 Chart, peaking at nr. 12.

Kellerman's albums were mixed by Grammy Award–winning sound engineer S. Husky Höskulds and have been released in South Africa, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, Taiwan and the US.

Performance Highlights[edit]

  • Kellerman performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Soccer World Cup for 700 million people.[9]
  • Performed at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg in 2010 and 2016.[10]
  • Performed at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China
  • Performed at the 2010 opening of Midem in Cannes, France. Midem is the worlds biggest music conference.[11]
  • Performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2012[12][13] and 2015
  • Performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC in October 2014[14][15] and October 2015[16]
  • Performed at the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia in 2013/2014[17]
  • Performed at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur, India in October 2015[18]
  • Performed for the President of India in December 2015[19]
  • Performed in Johannesburg for the visiting Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and a television audience of more than 200 million people.[20]

Kellerman's flute-playing can be heard on the soundtrack of the Emmy Award-winning film Eye of the Leopard.[citation needed]


Kellerman has sponsored the living expenses of 10 children in the SOS Children's Village in Ennerdale, South Africa for the past 15 years and has also financed the building of a house in the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg. For his continued efforts in helping give these children a better life, Kellerman was nominated by the SOS Children's Villages for the 2007 Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.[citation needed] He continues to facilitate the teaching of young dance and music students.

Wouter is a Musical Ambassador for Project Peace on Earth[21]

Nominations and awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
2007 Wouter Kellerman Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy Nominated
2008 Wouter Kellerman South African Music Award (SAMA) for 'Colour' - 'Best Instrumental Album' Nominated
2010 Wouter Kellerman SAMA for 'Best Instrumental/Jazz/popular Classical DVD)' for 'Live In Mzansi' Won [22]
2011 Wouter Kellerman SAMA for 'Best Instrumental Album' for 'Two Voices' Won [23]
2013 Wouter Kellerman Vox Pop IMA (Independent Music Award) for Best World Beat Album for 'Mzansi' Won [24]
2014 Wouter Kellerman HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards): World Music and New Age Nominated
2014 Wouter Kellerman / Ricky Kej 57th Annual Grammy® Award for Best New Age Album for 'Winds Of Samsara' Won [2]
2015 Wouter Kellerman / Ricky Kej SAMA for 'Best Instrumental Album' for 'Winds Of Samsara' Won [25]
2015 Wouter Kellerman / Ricky Kej SAMA for 'Best Producer of the Year' for 'WInds of Samsara' Won [25]
2015 Wouter Kellerman / Ricky Kej SAMA for 'Best International Achievement' Won [25]
2015 Wouter Kellerman ZMR award for Best World Album for 'Winds Of Samsara' Won
2015 Wouter Kellerman ZMR award for Album Of The Year for 'Winds Of Samsara' Won
2016 Wouter Kellerman 58th Grammy® Award for 'Best Contemporary Instrumental Album' for 'Love Language' Nominated [5]
2016 Wouter Kellerman ZMR award for Best World Album for 'Love Language' Nominated [26]
2016 Wouter Kellerman SAMA for 'Best Instrumental and/or Classical Album' for 'Love Language' Won [27]
2016 Wouter Kellerman Global Peace Song Award in the public voted Acoustic/ Contemporary Music category Won [28]


  • Colour (2007)
  • Two Voices (2010)
  • Half Moon (2012)
  • Mzansi (2013)
  • Winds of Samsara (2014)
  • Love Language (2015)


  1. ^ Alive, Media. "The South African Music Awards winners 2011". MediaAlive. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Grammy Nominations". Grammy® Awards. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Charts, New Age Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "ZMR(Zone Music Reporter) charts". ZMR. Retrieved July 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Grammy Nomination for Wouter Kellerman". www.bsharpentertainment.co.za/music. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Here are all the 2016 Sama winners". Channel. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  7. ^ The Citizen. Retrieved from http://www.citizen.co.za/746564/sas-wouter-kellerman-hits-no-1-on-billboard-chart/
  8. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". www.zonemusicreporter.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Wouter Kellerman Performs at World Cup". SXSW. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Introducing 2016 Joy of Jazz line-up | IOL". Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  11. ^ KICK, SONG. "Midem-Cannes". Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Center, Kennedy. "Wouter Kellerman". Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Gullard, Maria. "Flautist Wouter Kellerman focuses on mood at the Kennedy Center". The Examiner. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Wouter Kellerman & Vincent Lyn at Carnegie Hall". Carnegie Hall. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Vincent Lyn, Wouter Kellerman and David Longoria". musicnews.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Carnegie Hall - Vincent Lyn and Wouter Kellerman. Retrieved from http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2015/10/9/0730/PM/Vincent-Lyn-and-Wouter-Kellerman-in-Concert/.
  17. ^ Woodford Folk Festival Unleash Massive Program. Retrieved from http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2014/10/19/woodford-folk-festival-unleash-program/.
  18. ^ Johdpur Riff. Retrieved from http://www.jodhpurriff.org/program.php.
  19. ^ Zee Music Company (2016-01-11), Shanti Samsara LIVE & Exclusive for President of India | Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, retrieved 2016-02-03 
  20. ^ "10,000 people to take part in PM Modi's reception in South Africa". 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  21. ^ "PPOE Musical Ambassoders for Peace". Project Peace on Earth. 
  22. ^ Alive, Media. "The South African Music Awards winners 2010". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Alive, Media. "The South African Music Awards winners 2011". MediaAlive. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards VOX Pop Winners Announced". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/News/These-are-all-the-2015-Sama-winners-so-far-20150419
  26. ^ "2015 ZMR Award Nominees". www.zonemusicreporter.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  27. ^ "Here are all the 2016 Sama winners". Channel. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  28. ^ Ltd, Bozas International. "The 2016 Global Peace Song Awards announces an update in winners categories". PRLog. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 

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