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Stephanie Wagner studied classical flute and jazz flute at the Mainz University of Music and as a scholarship holder at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston/USA. She also worked as a lecturer for classical and jazz flute at the Mainz University of Music from 1995 to 2003.
With her quintet "Stephanie Wagners Quinsch", Stephanie Wagner was one of the prizewinners in the 2010 competition of the Rhineland-Palatinate Jazz Working Group (LAG Jazz RP). CD recordings with the trio "Jeeep" and the duo "jazzgems" followed in 2010.
In 2011 she was awarded the Jazz Prize of the City of Worms as an outstanding instrumentalist at a high technical level, as well as for her innovative work in various formations, in which she unmistakably brings her personality to bear. http://www.bluenite.de/jazzpreis-2011-stepanie-wagner/
In 2015 Schott Music published her jazz flute school "Play Jazzflute - now!"
She released her second CD with her quintet "Stephanie Wagners Quinsch" in 2016.
She has also played with the international quartet "playground4" in recent years. The quartet's CD was released in 2020 by Jazzhausmusik/Cologne.
The Debut-Album of the Duo "Stephanie Wagner & Norbert Dömling - Flute'n'Bass" was nominated for the German Record Critics Award in 2023.
On the flute, Stephanie Wagner explores the full sound spectrum, uses modern playing techniques such as beatboxing and electronic effects and performs worldwide.
In numerous workshops she teaches flutists the basics of jazz and improvisation, as well as the use of modern playing techniques in jazz.
FAZ Wolfgang Sandner:
"Wagner is an accomplished composer and arranger who develops a keen sense for concise musical characters. For all their stylistic diversity, her pieces always have something sensually tangible, a dramatic gesture, a kind of sound shape, (...) However, this would hardly be so convincing without her own technical playing skills, ..."
" When Wagner is not connecting her various flutes to effects devices, she sometimes makes them sound multiphonic like Albert Mangelsdorff once did with his trombone or transforms them into a percussively vibrating beatbox. Extremely fascinating!..."
Jazz 'n' More (CH):
" The flutist Stephanie Wagner, who acts absolutely confidently at all times, impresses with brilliant solos, a fine technique and sometimes with overblown notes, is particularly enjoyable..."
Jazzpodium:"...Stephanie Wagner is a sound painter who reflects modern jazz in all its shades without losing sight of tradition.... "
HR2:"...a surprise..., what Stephanie Wagner does on her flute is more than remarkable..."
Mannheimer Morgen: In any case, Wagner's music is a real listener. The Mainz native brings the flute sound out of the sidelines and gives it a central place in jazz."