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.
His 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 for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Kellerman’s second nomination in as many years.
Kellerman has also been recognised at home, winning six SAMA’s (South African equivalent to the American Grammy), reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. 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.
Wouter has travelled extensively over the last few years, performing around the globe in places like Berlin, Shanghai, Delhi, New York and Sydney, including sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2014 and 2015. His 2012 U.S. tour included appearances at the prestigious Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, at Summerstage and Joe’s Pub in New York City, and at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 2010 he performed at the FIFA Soccer World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global television audience of 700-million people.
Kellerman performed his composition 'The Long Road' on Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa for a stadium of 80,000 people and a television audience in August 2013. He has also performed at the opening of MIDEM in Cannes, France; MIDEM is the world’s largest music conference and festival, and Kellerman was part of a Department of Arts and Culture delegation, representing South Africa. A 2016 highlight was a performance in Johannesburg for the visiting Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and a television audience of more than 200 million people.
Passionate about teaching and empowering young people, Kellerman has sponsored 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.