LIFEM | 8-11 November 2023

Solo Recorder Competition

The winner of 2021’s Solo Recorder Competition is Charlotte Schneider. As part of her prize, Charlotte will be performing a recital at LIFEM 2022. Read more about Charlotte below.

"Commentari III by Dorothée Hahne is a complex piece involving two recorders, headphones, a mobile phone and a wide range of techniques, including vocalising and a refrain for two recorders, the whole played with impressive aplomb by Charlotte Schneider."
Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews

The Finalists


The Swiss recorder and flute player Charlotte Schneider (1997) is active as a soloist and chamber musician in Switzerland and in Europe.

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in performance on the baroque flute with Marc Hantaï at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where in 2019 she received her Bachelor’s degree on the recorder in the class of Conrad Steinmann, and in 2021, her master’s degree in pedagogy in the class of Han Tol with honours.

Charlotte has been awarded several prizes in national and international competitions such as the Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb or the International Van Wassenaer Competition. She has performed at numerous festivals, including Festival for Early Music Utrecht / MA Festival Brugge (Fringe), Entre ciel & garrigue (Lussan, FR).

Fascinated by chamber music and scenic arts, Charlotte plays regularly with companies and ensembles as Hortus Amoris (early music), Duo Aeoline (recorder/flute and organ), Duo sol&luna (recorder/flute and keyboard instruments), Echo Temporis Consort (Renaissance recorder consort), Ensemble Phaedrus (Renaissance flute consort), Compagnie l’Avant-Scène Opéra, Compagnie Théâtre Entracte. She is the founder and director of the association for early music Barocc’opéra in her hometown (Neuchâtel).


The recorder player Inés Pina Pérez, born in Huesca (Spain), graduated in 2016 from the Manuel Castillo Conservatory of Music in Seville under the tutelage of Vicente Parrilla. While studying in Seville, complemented Inés her recorder studies with a two-year Bachelor’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance under María González. Due to her growing interest in Early music, she decided to enroll in a Master's degree at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen (Germany) under the guidance of Johannes Tol.

During this time she attended master classes with Katharina Bopp, Dan Laurin, Kees Boeke, Pamela Thorby, Maurice Steger, Daniele Braguetti, Stefano Bagliano and Maurice Steger.

She is currently an active member of several ensembles, with whom she performs concerts in Germany, Switzerland and Spain. When creating her own projects, the search for new concert formats and the inclusion of other artistic expressions play an important role.

At the beginning of 2021 she was a finalist with her Ensemble Thamyris at the Förderpreis-Wettbewerbs Alte Musik Saarland in Germany.


Martin Bernstein has been heard with numerous ensembles across the world, in venues ranging from 17th-century Italian palazzos to modern art museums in Reykjavik to the concert halls of New York City.

Martin Bernstein began studying recorder at age five, first with jazz pianist Charles Sibirsky and later with Nina Stern. At 18, he left New York City to study at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague with Reine-Marie Verhagen and Han Tol. He has also studied recorder with Michael Form, and counts many harpsichordists, singers, authors, and friends among his other teachers.

This year, Martin Bernstein was awarded Harvard University’s Robert Levin Prize in Musical Performance. His other honors and awards include: second prize in the 2017 international young talent search hosted by Maurice Steger and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; a 2016 National YoungArts gold finalist scholarship; an appearance in 2015 on U.S. National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program for young classical musicians; and first prize at the 2014 Internationele Prijs Mieke van Weddingen in Belgium.

Martin Bernstein serves on the faculty of the Amherst Early Music Festival. He holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard College.


Daniel Scott is a British recorder and flute player based in Amsterdam. He has just graduated from Conservatorium van Amsterdam on recorder with Cum Laude, his studies there were supported by a scholarship from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

He previously graduated from the Royal College of Music London with a First-Class Joint Honours degree in flute and recorder. Daniel is pursuing his own musical voice in contemporary and early music alike.

He is a member of the Royal Wind Music, a renaissance recorder ensemble with whom he has played concerts across Europe. He is also currently involved in developing a contemporary interdisciplinary performance called ‘the Eternal Feminine,’ which won the ‘cross-over prize’ at Amsterdam’s Grachten Festival and is supported by Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst.

The programme he will present for the Moeck/SRP competition will be an exciting blend of his varied interests, with music from Hotteterre, van Ghizeghem and Boulez.

The Judges

LIFEM 2021 Young Recorder Competition judges, Anna Stegmann, Jan van Hoecke and Emily White (left to right).