Reinhold Friedrich


Brass - International Visiting Professor of Trumpet

Principal Trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble

Since his second prize in the international ARD competition in Munich in 1986 Reinhold Friedrich has been present on all important stages of the national and international music scene.

His spectrum ranges from the latest solo compositions to ancient music and its historical original instruments, such as the baroque trumpet and the keyed trumpet. In 1982 he debuted at the Berliner Festwochen performing Luciano Berio’s Sequenza X and 1994 at the Musikverein in Vienna playing Joseph Haydn’s Concerto on the keyed trumpet. Reinhold Friedrich has played with Capriccio Basel, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées or the Vienna Academy on historical original instruments as well as premiered works of composers like Wolfgang Rihm, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Werner Henze, Nicolaus A. Huber, and Adriana Hölszky. The concertos Eirene by Herbert Willi and Nobody knows de trouble I see by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (recording awarded ECHO Classic) form important parts of his wide-ranging repertoire.

As a solo player, he performed with ensembles such as the Berliner Barock Solisten, La Stagione Frankfurt, Wiener and Basler Kammerorchester, Bamberger and Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German Radio Orchestras of the NDR and HR. These performances were conducted by, among others, Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Reinhard Goebel, Martin Haselböck, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Krystjan und Neeme Järvi, Dmitri Kitajenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Jonathan Nott, Kazushi Ono and Hans Zender.

Since its founding in 2003, Reinhold has been a permanent principal trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble. His recent partners in the field of chamber music are Eriko Takezwa (piano), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), Martin Lücker and Sebastian Küchler-Blessing (organ). Since its foundation in 2013, he performs in the ensemble L’éventail de Jeanne together with Claudio Bohórquez (violoncello), Sascha Armbruster (saxophone) and Eriko Takezawa (piano). In the past seasons Reinhold Friedrich performed in China, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Canada, Latvia, Sweden, Spain and Thailand with ensembles like the Berliner Barock Solisten, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra Los Angeles, Orchestre symphonique de Québec (Fabien Gabel) and the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris (Matthias Pintscher).

Numerous recordings give evidence of his comprehensive work. The latest recording with the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph-Mathias Mueller called Russian Trumpet Concertos has been awarded an ECHO Classic. Reinhold Friedrich is professor in Karlsruhe, honorary professor at the Academy and in Hiroshima/Japan. He holds master classes  regularly all over the world.


Staff Finder