Reinhold Friedrich’s Highlights

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International Journal of Music. (March 1, 2021). Reinhold Friedrich’s Highlights. International Journal of Music. Accessed July 25, 2024.

  • 1958: Born in Weingarten, Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
  • 1982: Debuts at the Berliner Festwochen playing Luciano Berio’s Sequenza X.
  • 1983: Becomes principal trumpet of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he stays until 1999.
  • 1986: Second prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. His career as a soloist quickly took off on the most prestigious stages around the world, accompanied by leading orchestras (Capriccio Basel, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Wiener Akademie, Stagione Frankfurt, Vienna Symphony, Radio France, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BBC London, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig) and prestigious conductors (George Benjamin, Dennis Russell Davies, Péter Eötvös, Hans Zender, Jonathan Nott, Sir Neville Marriner, Reinhard Goebel, Christopher Hogwood, Neeme and Kristjan Järvi, Philippe Herreweghe, Semyon Bychkov).
  • 1989: Appointed professor of Trumpet at the University of Music in Karlsruhe.
  • 1994: ECHO Klassik Award for his recording of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Nobody Knows the Trouble I See with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko (Capriccio).
  • 1994: Debuts at the Wiener Musikverein playing the Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto per il clarino (for keyed trumpet).
  • 2003: Claudio Abbado appoints him permanent principal trumpet of the newly founded Lucerne Festival Orchestra (today under Riccardo Chailly’s baton). He is also the artistic director of the festival’s brass ensemble.
  • 2013: First recording of Christian Jost’s Pietà In Memoriam Chet Baker as part of the Requiem Trilogy album with Mike Svoboda (trombone), Arno Bornkamp (saxophone), and the German State Philharmonic Rhineland-Palatinate conducted by George Pehlivanian (Coviello Classics).
  • 2013: Receives another ECHO Klassik Award for his memorable album Russian Trumpet Concertos, with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller (MDG).
  • 2015: Premieres with the Israel Soloists Chamber Orchestra the Concerto Listen to Our Cry for trumpet, piano, and string orchestra (which punctually requires the use of a shofar, an ancient Israelite trumpet made of ram’s horn), written for him by Benjamin Yusupov.
  • 2017: At the request of the Royal Academy in London and the Julliard School in New York, he advised and conducted the recording of the album Gabrieli for Brass: Venetian Extravaganza (Lynn), including works by Giovanni Gabrieli arranged for brass ensemble, as well as several concerts around this repertoire.
  • 2018: OPUS Klassik Award for his recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, with Berliner Barock Solisten conducted by Reinhard Goebel (Sony).

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