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Walter Seyfarth -  Eb Klarinettist in Berliner Philharmoniker;  Professor at the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra Academy; founder of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the Berlin Philharmonic Winds


Recent Solo Performance with Berliner Philharmoniker excerpt from Digital Concert Hall


                  Affiliation with the Berliner Philharmoniker has brought me artistic fulfillment for 22 years. The greatest pleasure in orchestral work for me is constantly learning new things from younger and older musicians as well as the dedication to the music that my orchestra radiates at every concert.«

                 The music teacher of his Gymnasium presented a clarinet to the class. Walter Seyfarth, then twelve years old, was so enchanted by its sound that he immediately signed up for instruction. Later he studied the instrument at the Freiburg Musikhochschule with Peter Rieckhoff, then with Karl Leister in the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Following his first engagement, in the Saar Radio Symphony Orchestra, in 1985 he became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

                 Three years later he and his colleagues Michael Hasel, Andreas Wittmann, Fergus McWilliam and Henning Trog founded the Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Walter Seyfarth is active as a teacher in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy, with international youth orchestras, and in master classes. His other interests include the visual arts and the theatre, and he also enjoys cooking for his family and friends


Walter Seyfarth (Clarinet) is a native of Düsseldorf and was a first prize winner at the age of sixteen in the Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband competition. Following his studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule with Peter Rieckhoff and with Karl Leister at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, he was appointed to the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1985, he joined the Berlin Philharmonic as Solo Eb-Clarinettist.

It was Seyfarth who founded the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in 1988. He is also a member of the larger ensemble "The Winds of the Berlin Philharmonic". Among his teaching and mentoring responsibilities are the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and the Venezuelan Youth Orchestras


 Recordings  linked here




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