Kilian Herold – Klarinette


Sun, 29. Mar. 2020 - 8:00 pm,
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin Dahlem
Lieder Recital

Sascha Emanuel Kramer – Tenor
Amir Katz – Piano
Kilian Herold – Clarinet


Robert Schumann song cycle op. 39
Robert Schumann Fantasy Pieces op 73
Clarinet / piano
Richard Strauss, 5 songs op. 21
Louis Spohr, 6 German songs for voice, clarinet and piano op.103


What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being in the present moment. And how amazing that music has the power to take and hold us there.

If you could time travel, where (rather “when”) would you like to go? Do I have a ticket back? If yes, I would rather like to visit Europe exactly 100 years ago. I would love to experience this short period of peace in Europe, with all its cultural developments and wonders.

What is your definition of love? Being fully accepted.

What have been the greatest challenges for you ? To be in the present moment more often.

Name a poet, author, painter and composer that you especially like. Franz Schubert.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? No idea.

Which composer or artist of the past would you like to invite for dinner? Johannes Brahms. After a good dinner and some glasses of white wine, I would like to thank him for his incredible last works for the clarinet.

What is your most treasured possession? My clarinets. They are hand-made by a very small and exquisite manufactory in southern Germany, and I just love them.

What piece changed your life? I think it’s the entire Beethoven Symphony Cycle. And the fact that I had the chance to perform all of these masterpieces several times with my first orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Paavo Järvi all over the world when I was a very young clarinet player. This surely made a deep impression on me.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? The world’s egotism.

Who are your heroes in real life? People who care about others.

What is your motto? Go on!


Kilian Herold belongs to Germany’s most sought after clarinet players. After studying in Berlin, Chicago and Hannover, he won the audition for Principal Clarinet of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in 2004, at the young age of 23. In addition, he became in 2011 the new Principal Clarinet of the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg.

Ever since then, his fine playing has been featured on many CD and DVD recordings made by that renowned chamber orchestra (for instance , the Beethoven and Schumann  symphony cycles with Paavo Järvi), and also in their live performances in Germany and abroad.

As solo clarinetist he is often invited to play with some of the mostrenowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavaria Radio Symphony Orchestra,  the Dresden Staatskapelle, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Daniel Harding, Theodor Currentzis, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, Francois Xavier Roth and Valerie Gergiev. His impassioned chamber music and solo performances have thrilled festival audiences at Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein  and the Baden-Baden International Brahms Festival, along with further recitals all over Europe, in South America, India and Japan.

Kilian Herold has appeared as soloist with orchestras like the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, SWR Symphony Orchestra and Istanbul Devlet Symphony Orchestra playing the clarinet concertos by Mozart, Weber and Nielsen.

In autumn 2012 his new CD with works by Brahms and Comtemporaries recorded with pianist Amir Katz was released by Avi-Music. In 2017 a new CD project with works by Hungarian composer Matyas Seiber together with German soprano Sarah Maria Sun was released.

In April 2016 Kilian Herold was appointed the new clarinet professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg / Freiburg  University of Music.

He is teaching regularly at masterclasses and festivals. In Staufen, in the south of Germany, Kilian Herold has started his own successful clarinet festival “ClariMondo”.