For the Contemporary Flutist by Wil Offermans


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For the Contemporary Flutist by Wil Offermans

For the Contemporary Flutist by Wil Offermans



Introducing Wil Offerman’s collection of 12 studies focusing on contemporary flute techniques. Each etude focuses on different extended flute techniques, also known as ‘new,’ ‘modern,’ or ‘contemporary’ techniques. This comprehensive collection serves as a practical and thorough introduction to mastering these innovative flute techniques.

Explore a wide range of extended flute techniques through the twelve thoughtfully crafted etudes. Each etude offers valuable insights and exercises to help you develop and refine your flute playing skills. Additionally, delve deeper into the world of contemporary flute techniques with the abundance of background stories and information provided in the book.

To enrich your learning journey, video demonstrations of the etudes are available on YouTube, providing visual and auditory guidance. You can also access further resources and information on Wil Offermans’ website.

Embrace the opportunity to enhance your flute playing with this unique etude book, perfect for aspiring flautists seeking to explore and master contemporary techniques


  • Wind Tones
  • Harmonics
  • Difference Tones
  • Bamboo Tones
  • Multiphonics
  • Whisper Tones
  • Singing unison and parallel
  • Polyphonic singing
  • Diverse
  • Circular Breathing
  • Flute and Movement
  • Graphic notation and Improvisation
  • Explanations and remarks concerning the pieces and their techniques

Wil Offermans

Wil Offermans graduated from the Brabants Conservatory, Holland, in 1983, specializing in classical flute under the guidance of Cecilia Oomes, Lucius Voorhorst, and Raymond Delnoye. Additionally, he pursued studies in improvised music with Willem Kühne. In 1982, he embarked on a study tour to the USA, where he had the opportunity to meet and learn from esteemed flautists like Robert Dick, Leone Buyse, James Newton, and Hubert Laws.

During 1985 and 1986, Wil Offermans embarked on a remarkable seven-month worldwide flute performance project titled “Round About 12.5.” This solo journey took him to 18 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. His performances not only included concerts but also involved extensive research on various ethnic flutes.

Throughout his career, Wil Offermans has showcased his musical talents in diverse settings worldwide. He has appeared as both a soloist and collaborator with notable musicians such as Kazushi Saito, Tetsu Saito, Mototeru Takagi, Michihiro Sato, Sawai Kazue, Takehisa Kosugi, Llorenc Barber, Paul Termos, and Jack Palinckx, among others. With Junko Ueda (biwa & voice), he has performed across Europe, the US and Canada, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombia, and Indonesia, participating in prestigious festivals like Festival d’été de Quebec, Musique Action Nancy, and the Singapore Festival of Arts.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Wil Offermans was honoured with the Kuiper Prize in 2002 by the Dutch Flute Society. Notably, in 2014, he composed “Eternal Winds” for 500 flutes to commemorate the anniversary concert of the Dutch Flute Academy, performed by Emily Beynon.

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