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Conductor & Violinist

Wilhelm F. Walz is a concert artist of many talents. He actively pursues a career on the concert stage as both a soloist and chamber musician, and has also initiated and serves as artistic director of several concert series and festivals.

He captures the imagination of concert and recital audiences and fellow musicians with his seriousness, passion and commitment.

The Conductor Wilhelm F. Walz

A musician’s performance should convey something, has to go beyond merely playing the notes – it needs to tell a story.  (Wilhelm F. Walz)

This is a characteristic view of Wilhelm F. Walz, who has attracted listeners with his powerful creative vision and commitment to unusual concert programming. His career as a conductor began in the mid-1980s and bears signs of his close affinity to the great Czech violinist Josef Suk, who he met in 1979.

Josef Suk was my teacher, mentor and also my friend and had a decisive impact on the path I followed in music. (Wilhelm F. Walz)

Both violinists performed in many concerts and recitals together in Western and Eastern Europe. Even after his death, Josef Suk remains an important force in Wilhelm F. Walz’s life. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Suk Chamber Orchestra, since 2000 Walz has given concerts with unusual programming that juxtapose classical Czech repertoire with contemporary works.

He also works with the Suk Symphony Orchestra Prague, in particular in concerts at the Fronhof in Augsburg. Walz initiated this successful series of classical open air concerts in 1999, giving them a distinctive profile over the years as its Artistic Director.

Walz is also the artistic director of two other ensembles:

Since 2009 he has been the conductor of the Orchester Studio Ulmer Musikfreunde (founded in 1945) which performs works ranging from the Viennese Classical period to more recent symphonic repertoire, as well as premiere performances.

The Global Players, founded by Walz in 2005, not only perform in concert, but also focus on pedagogical and social projects. The orchestra is made up of musicians from various countries. The ensemble consists of members of the Augsburg Philharmonic and music conservatory students. The Global Players gives young musicians a platform for showcasing their artistry in benefit concert performances for the Lions Club Augsburg Elias Holl. Recordings of these classical concerts are available on CD.

In addition, Wilhelm F. Walz also appears as a guest conductor with the Virtuosi di Praga, the Dvorák Symphony Orchester and the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic.


The Violinist Wilhelm F. Walz

Chamber music is the noblest discipline in the musical work of a violinist. (Wilhelm F. Walz)

While still a student, Wilhelm F. Walz discovered his love for chamber music and began to give solo recitals and perform with various ensembles. His many premiere performances of violin concertos drew critical acclaim. As the first violinist of the Razumovsky String Quartet, he achieved landmark success in Germany and Western Europe, winning important awards including the ensemble being named a prizewinner at the Helsinki European Broadcasting Union’s International Competition for String Quartets in 1978. The quartet completed an impressive series of radio performances and recordings.

After the quartet disbanded, Walz devoted himself to chamber music performances as the violinist of the Seraphin Trio in the 1980s. Many recital tours took the ensemble to Africa, Asia, across Europe, and to the US, including performances in New York, Vienna, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, Prague, and Bucharest.

Over the years, an impressive discography, including radio and television productions, was recorded with this ensemble. The complete piano trios by Berwald, Beethoven, Mozart as well as those by Ravel, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff are available on disc.

Walz has worked with chamber music partners Josef Suk, Leonard Hokanson, Helmut Deutsch, Jean-Jacques Dünki, Josef Hála, and Georg Hörtnagel. He continues to perform in concert with Michaela Fukacová, Gilead Mishory, Arne Torger, Hartmut Rhode, Maximilian Hornung, and Paul Rivinius.

For the violinist, chamber music forms the most crucial and essential part of a concert artist’s work.

There is a direct correlation between the quality of an orchestra and the number and quality of chamber music ensembles from within its ranks,” says Walz.

As its First Concertmaster, he has achieved outstanding success with the Augsburg Philharmonic while shaping the ensemble sound with his high standard of musicianship. In March of 2013 he resigned from the orchestra and gave a farewell performance of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto – doing so with his signature passion and earnestness witnessed throughout his decades of service to the Philharmonic.


Wilhelm F. Walz can look back on a diverse career performing as a conductor, violinist, chamber musician, as well as serving as artistic director for various concert series.

Tours, concerts, recitals, and appearances at festivals have taken him throughout Europe and to the United States. He promotes the artistic development of young musicians as an instructor and competition jury member.


Selected Works:

  • Operas

    Beethoven Fidelio
    Mozart The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Titus, Cosi fan tutte, Abduction from the Seraglio, Marriage of Figaro, Idomeneo, Der Schauspieldirektor
    Pietro Pompeo Sales Concertante performance of “The Marriage of Amor and Norizia,” editor of the opera 2000 (Wilhelm Walz)
    Stravinsky Histoire du Soldat
    Weber Der Freischütz
  • Symphonic Works

    Beethoven All symphonies
    Brahms All symphonies, 4 serenades
    Haydn All London symphonies
    Mendelssohn-Bartholdy All symphonies
    Mozart More than 20 symphonies, serenades
    Schubert All symphonies
    Suk Symphonic works
  • Choral Works

    Bach St. John Passion, St. Mattthew Passion, B-minor Mass
    Brahms Requiem
    Haydn The Creation, The Seasons
    Mozart C-minor Mass, Requiem
    Verdi Requiem
  • Instrumental Concertos

    Beethoven All instrumental concertos
    Brahms Double concerto
    Haydn Cello concertos in C and D
    Lukás Double concerto
    Mozart All instrumental concertos
  • Chamber Music

    Bach Complete orchestral and instrumental works
    Barber Adagio for Strings
    Bartók Divertimento
    Britten Simple Symphony
    Cherubini Symphony
    Dvořák Serenade, String Sextet arranged for Chamber Orchestra
    Grieg Holberg Suite
    Hindemith Kammermusik No. 1
    Janacek Idyll and Suite
    Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
    Mahler/Schubert “Death and the Maiden”
    Martinú “Bergerette”
    Mozart Serenades
    Pärt Fratres
    Schönberg Transfigured Night, Op. 4
    Shostakovich Chamber Sympony
    Strauss Metamorphoses, “Der Bürger als Edelmann”
    Suk Serenade
    Tchaikovsky “Mozartiana”
    Thoma “Kafka Portrait”
    Wagner Siegfried Idyll
“Mozart und Prag”, Matinee am 20. Oktober 2013 in Augsburg

Matinee “Mozart und Prag”, 20. Oktober 2013

11 Uhr im Kleinen Goldener Saal, Augsburg Klavierquartett mit: Paul Rivinius (Klavier) Wilhelm Walz (Geige) Hartmut Rohde (Viola) Maximilian Hornung (Violoncello)
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Konzert “The Global Players” am 22. September 2013

Konzert mit Victoria Granlund (Sopran), Maximilian Hornung (Violoncello) und dem Orchester “The Global Players” in München-Freising
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Konzerte im Fronhof vom 18. – 20. Juli 2014

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart und Richard Strauss stehen anlässlich des 150. Geburtstages von Richard Strauss im Mittelpunkt der Konzerte im Fronhof 2014. Mozarts Oper »Der Schauspieldirektor« und Strauss’ Oper
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The most recent press releases as well as a selection of press photographs are available here for editorial use. For more information or photo material, please contact Wilhelm F. Walz directly. We would appreciate receiving a file copy of published material.

Press Releases

Concerts at the Fronhof: “Mozart and Romantic Period Music”

15 Years of Concerts at the Fronhof: From July 19 through 21 the Theater Association of Augsburg marked the 15th anniversary of its classical open air concert series in the enchangtingly Romantic atmospher
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Conductor and violinist Wilhelm F. Walz in profile

Stuttgart native Wilhelm F. Walz has pursued a highly varied career as a conductor, violinist, chamber musician and as the artistic director of various concert series. Walz first began to conduct in the mi
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Press Photographs

Press photo downloads

All press photos are available as CMYK and 300 dpi Tiff files. Printing for editorial purposes at no charge if source is acknowledged: Wilhelm F. Walz, www.en.wilhelmfwalz.de
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Press Reviews

Augsburger Allgemeine, July 23, 2012

Over the years Wilhelm Walz and the Suk Symphony Orchestra Prague have achieved a high musical standard at the festival. They offer singers and soloists a moving and inspired ensemble to work with.
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Camille Saint-Saëns: Concert No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra
Maximilian Hornung, Cello
Suk Symphony Orchestra Prague

Ludwig van Beethoven: „Fidelio“
Don Pizarro’s Aria with Chorus:
Ha! Welch’ ein Augenblick
Johannes Martin Kränzle, Baritone
Male Chorus of the Augsburger Domsingknaben
(Chorus Master: Reinhard Kammler)
Suk Symphony Orchestra Prague

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72 | Beginning
Suk Symphony Orchestra Prague

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72 | Conclusion
Suk Symphony Orchestra Prague

Franz Berwald, Piano Trio in C (1845)
“Scherzo” | Allegro molto

Arno Babadschanian: Piano Trio 1953
II. Andante

Johannes Brahms: “Scherzo” from the FAE Sonata for Violin and Piano
Wilhelm F. Walz, Violin
Gottfried Hefele, Piano


Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “In Memory of an Angel”
Wilhelm F. Walz, Violin
Augsburg Philharmonic
Conductor: Dirk Kaftan

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