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The Vienna Philharmonic mourns the death of Professor Ludwig Beinl, who passed away on March 3, 2011, at the age of 83.
Ludwig Beinl was born on July 7, 1928, in Vienna to Ludwig and Karoline Beinl, who were both teachers. During his grade school years, Ludwig Beinl received his first cello lessons. In 1946 he graduated from the Gymnasium Wien VII, which he had attended since 1938, and in the fall of that same year joined the class of Philharmonic principal cellist, Richard Krotschak, at the Vienna Music Academy, as it was known at that time. In addition to cello performance, in which he was enrolled until 1952, he also studied music theory with Alfred Uhl. In 1951 he was received an engagement with the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper and remained a member of that orchestra until 1957. Following a successful audition, he joined the cello section of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra as of September 1, 1957, and exactly one year afterwards received his membership in the association of the Vienna Philharmonic. He retired from the orchestra on September 1, 1990.
Besides his work as an orchestral musician, Ludwig Beinl dedicated himself from 1950 through 1966 to chamber music. He received the honorary title of Professor in 1970, and was also awarded the Honorary Silver Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria and the, Gold Medal of Service to the Province of Salzburg, along with the Honorary Ring of the Vienna Philharmonic. He belonged to two of the most important ensembles of our orchestra, the Konzerthaus Quartet directed by Anton Kamper and the Weller Quartet, with whom he performed many concert tours and made numerous recordings. These attest to the same high level of instrumental ability and musicianship, which he also displayed in the orchestra.