15 Highlights in the Life of Felix Klieser
- 1991: Born in Göttingen, Germany.
- 1995: Began playing the horn at age 4. At first, the horn was on the ground, and he sat in front of it to play, his head level with the mouthpiece.
- 2004: Enrolled at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.
- 2008: Was admitted to the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, where he would remain until 2011.
- 2010: Received the Life Award of Innsbruck, Austria, in the Arts and Culture category.
- 2013: Released his debut solo album, Reveries — Romantic Music for Horn and Piano (Berlin Classics), with pianist Christof Keymer.
- 2014: Won the ECHO Klassik award in the Young Artist of the Year (Horn) category for Reveries. He also published the autobiographical book Fußnoten — Ein Hornist ohne Arme erobert die Welt (“Footnotes — A Horn Player Conquers the World”) and received music awards from both the Association of German Conductors and the Ritter Foundation. Besides, he became an ambassador for the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust (OHMI), which helps fund the development of adapted or specially designed instruments for musicians with one hand and other limb differences.
- 2015: Released his first orchestral album, Joseph & Michael Haydn: Horn Concertos (Berlin Classics), with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn / Ruben Gazarian.
- 2016: Received the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
- 2017: Released the album Duvernoy, Koechlin, Kahn, Brahms: Horn Trios (Berlin Classics) with Herbert Schuch, piano, and Andrej Bielow, violin.
- 2018: Was appointed teacher at the University of Münster.
- 2019: Released the album Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4 (Berlin Classics), featuring the complete Mozart horn concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, ranking in the Top 10 of the German classical music charts for three months.
- 2020: Released the album Beyond Words — Baroque Arias for Horn (Berlin Classics) with the Chaarts Chamber Artists.
- 2021: Began a two-year residency with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the UK.
- 2022: US debut as part of an extensive tour with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and tenor Ian Bostridge. He released the album Mozart & Haydn for Horn & String Quartet (Berlin Classics) with the Zemlinsky Quartet. The composer Rolf Martinsson wrote for him a horn concerto to be premiered and recorded with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
Content Featuring Felix Klieser
- Releases (April 6): Felix Klieser & Zemlinsky Quartet — Mozart & Haydn (Berlin Classics)
- Interview (April 20): “Making Music, for Me, Is All About Making People Happy and Giving Them a Beautiful Time”