Florian Sonnleitner will play his last concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Simon Rattle on January 26. He has been with the orchestra since 1976, and first concertmaster since 1986.
His father, Fritz Sonnleitner (1920-84), was concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic.
Together they shaped Munich’s string sound for 67 years.
From 1940 to 1944, Fritz Sonnleitner was concertmaster of the Philharmonic of the General Government, based in Krakow. He was the only German member of the all-Polish orchestra.