Berlin Philharmonic Winds Soloists, Germany, 2018

Tour Dates: 17th - 23rd October, 2018

Principal Flute: Andreas Blau
Principal Flute: Albrecht Mayer
Principal Clarinet: Wenzel Fuchs
Principal Bassoon: Stefan Schweigert, Hornist: Sarah Willis

Tour Dates
  • 17th - 23rd October, 2018

The Philharmonic Wind Soloists were formed about ten years ago by the Berliner Philharmoniker’s first-desk woodwind players. Here these soloists – Andreas Blau (principal flute), Albrecht Mayer (principal oboe), Wenzel Fuchs (principal clarinet), Stefan Schweigert (principal bassoon) Sarah Willis (horn) – can put into practice on a small scale what they otherwise do in the work with the full orchestra. All of them have experience in chamber music from years of performing in various groups.

The Wind Soloists have appeared with great success not only in Berlin, but also throughout Germany and abroad, particularly in Japan. What distinguishes them from other ensembles is their emphasis on the timbral component of music-making. The group prefers a rounded, warm sound, which shows off its magnificent instruments to best advantage, while also bringing to interpretations a wide range of dynamics. The Wind Soloists’ repertoire embraces Classical compositions, the works of contemporary composers and interesting arrangements of familiar pieces.

Principal Flute: Andreas Blau

As the son of a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Andreas Blau had an early opportunity to attend the concerts. He was especially taken with the big and round tone produced by Aurèle Nicolet, then the orchestra’s principal flute; and so, at the age of 13, Blau began taking flute lessons from Gertrud Zoeller. He completed his studies at Berlin’s Hochschule (today Universität) der Künste with Karl-Heinz Zoeller and at the renowned Interlochen Music Camp in the USA. He was only 20 when he became a principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a soloist he has played under such conductors as Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh. He is a member of the Philharmonic Woodwind Soloists of Berlin as well as the founder and artistic director of the ensemble “The 14 Berlin Flutes”, to which many contemporary composers have dedicated works and which has already recorded four CDs. Since the founding of the Orchestra Academy of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation in 1973, he has passed along his experience as a teacher to new generations of musicians. Many of his pupils have found positions in leading orchestras, for example Jelka Weber and Walter Auer, who now play in the Philharmonic Orchestras of, respectively, Berlin and Vienna. From 1983-85 he taught at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste. In 2005 he was made an honorary professorship of the Shanghai Conservatory. Andreas Blau is also much sought after as a teacher of master classes in Europe, Asia and the USA, as well as a juror at international competitions. In his free time, the flautist is occupied with literature, computer technology, cooking and bread-baking and enjoys attending museums and exhibitions.

Principal Flute: Albrecht Mayer

Albrecht Mayer had piano, recorder and singing lessons before he began playing the oboe aged ten. His teachers were Gerhard Scheuer, Georg Meerwein, Maurice Bourgue and Ingo Goritzki. While still in his early youth, he was invited to work with various orchestras, among them the European Community Youth Orchestra. The recipient of several awards and grants, Mayer became principal oboe of the Bamberger Symphoniker in 1990 and two years later came to the Berliner Philharmoniker in the same position.

Albrecht Mayer, who appears regularly throughout the world as a concerto soloist and chamber player, also teaches in conjunction with major international festivals. His chamber-music partners include Hélène Grimaud, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt and Thomas Quasthoff. He was awarded the ECHO-Klassik prize as "Instrumentalist of the Year" (2004, 2010) and in the category "Music DVD Recording of the Year" (2008).

Principal Clarinet: Wenzel Fuchs

Wenzel Fuchs comes from a region where traditional wind music is highly valued. The Innsbruck native, scion of a musical family, was already playing the clarinet as a child in various wind ensembles. After first studying in Kitzbühel and Innsbruck, he went to the Vienna Musikhochschule, where he had the opportunity of playing as a substitute with the Wiener Philharmoniker. He began his professional career as principal clarinetist of the Vienna Volksoper, then moving to the Austrian Radio (ORF) Symphony Orchestra and in 1993 to the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In addition to his work in the orchestra, Fuchs is active as a soloist and chamber player in, among other groups, the Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Wind Soloists, Philharmonic Octet and the Philharmonic Friends of Vienna-Berlin. He also teaches in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy, held a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin (from autumn 2008 to summer 2012), a visiting professorship at Sakuyou Music University in Okayama, Japan and an honorary professorship at the Shanghai Conservatory, and he gives master classes all over the world. Since October 2015 he is professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Wenzel Fuchs enjoys skiing and likes most of all to spend his free time with his family.

Principal Bassoon: Stefan Schweigert

Stefan Schweigert was a pupil of Alfred Rinderspacher and later studied with Klaus Thunemann at the Hanover Musikhochschule. He has appeared as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, but also with other ensembles including Camerata Bern. Schweigert has worked on a number of occasions with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and participated in Gidon Kremer’s chamber-music festival at Lockenhaus. He also plays in Sabine Meyer’s wind ensemble and with the Berlin Baroque Soloists. Schweigert has taught in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy since 1987.

Hornist: Sarah Willis

“The horn is for boys”, Sarah Willis' schoolteacher told her, and so he suggested that she learn the flute or the oboe. That remark served as a challenge to the US-born Brit, who grew up in Tokyo, Boston, Moscow and London and had her first horn lessons at the age of 14. After studying for three years on the Performer's Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Sarah continued her training with Fergus McWilliam in Berlin.

From 1991 to 2001 she was a member of the Staatskapelle Berlin and in 2001 became the first female brass player to be accepted into the ranks of the Berlin Philharmonic. Sarah Willis has performed with other leading orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist all over the world. She has also recorded various acclaimed CDs which include works by Johannes Brahms and Anton Rosetti.

Sarah is involved in many of the Berlin Philharmonic education projects and especially enjoys creating and presenting Family Concerts. She also interviews conductors and soloists for the Digital Concert Hall. Sarah is passionate about music education and makes full use of digital technology and social media to reach audiences world- wide. She is also a regular broadcaster and interviewer on TV and online and fronts the classical music programme Sarah´s Music for Deutsche Welle TV.

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