Berlin Philharmonic quietly replaces two clarinet players

Berlin Philharmonic quietly replaces two clarinet players


norman lebrecht

October 27, 2021

The widely respected E-flat clarinet player Walter Seyfarth, who joined the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan in 1985, will play his farewell concert in Berlin this Friday.

Another Karajan veteran, the bass clarinet player Manfred Preis, retired last month.

Both have been quietly replaced by Slovenians.

Matic Kuder, who starts in December, is solo clarinet of the Nürnberger Symphoniker. Andraž Golobis a member of the Orchestra academy of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Big day for little Slovenia.



  • Alan says:

    Quietly replaced?

    How do you loudly replace musicians?

    • BP says:

      Worldwide farewell tour featuring double concerto for bass and E-flat clarinets. That’s how they did it in the old days.

    • Malcolm James says:

      Creating a story where there is none (again). All he means is that the departing players aren’t leaving under some sort of a cloud, but are retiring after long and distinguished service.

    • Rich P says:

      Still a pretty good turn of phrase. The opposite would be maybe “with great fanfare,” although that would suit brass better.

  • David Rowe says:

    Walter Seyfarth is a founder member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, with whom he toured worldwide in performances of unmatched depth and elegance for over 30 years. Beyond that, he is the warmest and most generously open-hearted person anyone could ever encounter. Congratulations, Walter; on behalf of promoters and audiences everywhere, thank you and enjoy whatever comes next!

  • HugoPreuss says:

    It is news when Donald Trump, a Third World dictator, or a mafia boss is “quietly replaced”. A musician who has reached retirement is not quietly replaced; he has simply retired. The term implies some clandestine operation, which clearly did not exist here. Grossly misleading headline.

  • Gavin Norman says:

    “Big day for little Slovenia.” What a patronising chap you are Norman

  • Monsoon says:

    “Quietly replaced” when there’s a farewell concert?

  • NYMike says:

    What’s the significance of the person pictured in front of the Elbphilharmonie?

  • robbes says:

    What are the implications of being quietly replaced by Slovenians (yet unnamed)? Had their playing abilities declined in recent months?

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      There are always multiple readings of most sentences available to the astute observer. I interpreted “quietly” as a lack of personal fanfare from the retirees, no Facebook or Instagram self-presentation and no grievance about identity, tribalism and gender. And the standard order of business for a confident orchestra where the replacements slip in as a hand in a glove.

  • Gary Freer says:

    First the Tour de France, now the woodwind section of the Berlin Phil.

    Beautiful country too.