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Prof. Reinhard Öhlberger
In a special general meeting of the orchestra on April 7, 2015, two musicians were granted membership in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Sebastian Führlinger was born in Vienna on April 8, 1984, into a family of musicians for whom the word "viola" was a household term. His father, Siegfried Führlinger, had been the leader of the viola section in the Wiener Symphony between 1964 and 1980, and had additionally served as an instructor at the College of Music, which is now the University of Music. Sebastian Führlinger initially studied violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Josef Hell and later viola under Prof. Hans Peter Ochesenhofer. During his education there, he auditioned successfully and attained a position in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, where he has been engaged since February 1, 2012. He has thus able to gain orchestral performance experience under the batons of such conductors as Lorin Maazel and Georges Prêtre for future recollection.
Ever since his early years, Sebastian Führing has been an avid participant in chamber music, and has performed with prominent musicians at various festivals both at home and abroad. These include appearances at the music festival "Schwäbischer Frühling" at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and, of course, in the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna.
He also gained teaching experience from 2001 – 2004 at the Conservatory of Vorarlberg and since 2005, as professor at the Vienna Conservatory - Private University. He has also given numerous international master courses. Karl-Heinz Schütz has made a large number of appearances as soloist both at home and abroad. He has had the opportunity to perform the great flute concertos with such orchestras as the Vienna Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Wiener Concertverein, the Sapporo Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Odense Symphony, der Camerata XXI, the Capella Cracoviensis and the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona and Catalunya.
His CD recordings include music from Bach, Brahms, Boulez, Schulhoff and Prokofiev, as well as the flute quartets of Mozart. In addition to his performances with various philharmonic chamber music ensembles, Karl-Heinz Schütz became the successor to Wolfgang Schulz in the Ensemble Wien-Berlin in June 2013.