Frankfurt snaps up Berlin Phil’s former trumpet

Frankfurt snaps up Berlin Phil’s former trumpet


norman lebrecht

January 26, 2018

Florian Pichler, an Austrian, became the youngest player in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra when he won an audition for second trumpet in August 2014, at the age of 18.

But something went wrong. Two years later the orchestra refused to extend his contract and Florian set out to search a wider horizon in brass ensembles and symphony orchestras.

This week, he won an audition as trumpet in the Frankfurt Opera orchestra, together with the trombonist, Miguel Garcia Casas.



  • David says:

    I seems to me that he learned a lot in Berlin and was able to apply that successfully in Frankfurt. I’d categorize this as a win for everyone.

    • Bruce says:

      ^ a win… eventually. Not getting tenure is a hard experience, and you don’t know for sure if you will ever win another job until you do.

  • JohannesB says:

    Damn tenure…

    Florian Pichler is now one of the two first trumpets of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, very likely this position could only have been offered to him because it seems that his predecessor there didn’t get tenure.

    And there’s a gap of nearly one-and-one-half year between his contract in Berlin ended and his contract in Frankfurt started.

    Hard business!