Berlin Philharmonic seeks trumpet voluntary

Berlin Philharmonic seeks trumpet voluntary


norman lebrecht

September 19, 2019

A quick search for ‘berlin trumpet’ on will show lots of changes in the Berlin Phil’s trumpet section over the past three years.

One that we missed is the resignation of Gábor Tarkövi as solo at the end of last season. He is now professor of trumpet at UdK Berlin.

There will be an audition for his successor in May 2020.


  • sam says:

    Berlin players rarely retire at retirement age, is that self-imposed perfection, or peer pressure?

    And is that a good thing for an orchestra? I guess there is a constant infusion of new blood at the peak of their physical abilities…

    • Margaret says:

      I saw an interview he gave with Sarah Willis in which he talked about having to choose between playing and this teaching position. At the time he was waiting to hear whether he’d been hired and if so was planning to resign the Berlin Philharmonic the beginning of this season. It seems like a huge loss to me as a Berlin fan.

    • John Kelly says:

      He’s a wonderful player at the top of his game, perhaps he wanted a life with less touring or perhaps less pressure…….it is interesting to me that the BPO has not been able to cultivate (or want) a long standing first trumpet in the sense that Maurice Murphy or Herseth or Voisin were……..there forever…….almost…………we wish…….

  • David says:

    Principal Trumpet in Berlin, now there’s a tough gig.

  • Wai Kit Leung says:

    It is a high-pressure job (in more ways than one).

  • Rick says:

    Phil Smith of the NY Phil was amazing with a beautiful tone when playing lyrical pieces, and plenty of power when needed. Aka Mahler 5th etc.

  • doug says:

    Truly a great musician, one whom it would be wise to emualte!