Walter Seyfarth

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“I have been playing on Légère reeds for years, and they have really changed my professional clarinet life. I no longer have to worry about cane quality. The response of the reeds are very good and the vibrating on both sides. The intonation is extremely fine. Forget about the skeptics who say you can't play on an artificial reed. With the Légère reeds I can reach my own sound imagination." - Walter Seyfarth

Walter Seyfarth (clarinet ) is native of Düsseldorf. At the age of sixteen he was a first prize winner 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 1975. In 1985 he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as solo E flat clarinetist.

He founded the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in 1988 and is also member of the larger ensemble ‘The Winds of the Berlin Philharmonic”. Among his teaching and mentoring responsibilities are the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra and the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela.

He worked in the last 28 Years with the world leading conductors like Herbert von Karajan, Leonhard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. His chamber music partners behind the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet are Katja&Marielle Labeque, Daishin Kashimoto, and Stephen Hough among others.

Since 2012 he has played as a soloist for the new Music Festival in Trancoso (Brazil).