More changes ahead for Berlin Phil trumpets

More changes ahead for Berlin Phil trumpets


norman lebrecht

August 09, 2017

We reported this morning on a new fifth trumpet in the Berlin Philharmonic.

But one principal trumpet wants to step back and the section is in the throes of generational change.

Watch Sarah’s hangout with Berlin Philharmonic principal trumpet Tamás Velenczei, at 31:00, for the inside story.



  • jim says:

    not really “5th” trumpet, as a job title anyway. more like section trumpet or 2nd, can anyone comfirm?

    • MacroV says:

      You are probably correct. I suspect this is the position for which young Florian Pichler (sp?) was not tenured.

      I recall hearing discussion about Tamas Velenczei moving to 2nd trumpet to replace Martin Kretzer a year or more ago.

      Interesting that

  • 5566hh says:

    This is old news, if it’s news at all. The hangout was made available for viewing in April.

  • Andrew R. Barnard says:

    As others have said, really old news. Nothing to report.