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SAD NEWS: VALE WOLFGANG SCHULZ † R.I.P.
WOLFGANG SCHULZ passed away aged only 67 after recently having retired after 40 years as principal Solo flute of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

WOLFGANG SCHULZ, born in Linz, Upper Austria, was one of the great flute players of our time. He has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician and has also appeared at various festivals since a young age, such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the Wiener Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Ravenna Musikfestival and the Luzerner Festwochen, to name a few. His duo recital partners have included the pianists Helmut Deutsch, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Andras Schiff, Stefan Vladar and he also recorded with James Levine amongst many others. He was a member of the wind quintet "Ensemble Wien-Berlin", which features solo wind players from both the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and celebrated its 25th aniversary in 2008.

Wolfgang Schulz' repertoire comprised works ranging from baroque to modern, which he has performed in almost all music metropolises of the world under such conductors as Abbado, Bernstein, Böhm, Maazel, Mehta, Ozawa, Previn and Stein.
He took particular interest in promoting the works of contemporary Austrian composers and has premiered works dedicated to him by Cerha, Eder, Eröd, Urbanner and Willi.

Many of Wolfgang Schulz' numerous recordings have been distinguished with prizes, including the Wiener Flötenuhr, the Edison-Preis, the Grand Prix du disque and the Diapason d'or.

For the last ten years he has been artistic director of his own classical festival, "Bonheur musical", which takes place in Lourmarin, France.

Wolfgang Schulz was Professor at the Vienna University for Music and Fine Arts since 1979. The combination of his vast musical experience and his own passion for music have made him one of the most important figures in flute pedagogy. He supplements this with regular masterclasses in almost all continents of the world.

Several Australians and New Zealanders were lucky enough to have studied with him through the Carl Ludwig Pinschof Scholarship; these include Patrick Nolan, Timothy Jenkin, Elizabeth Pring and Katrina Emtage to mention just a few.

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