1.Although not born into a musical family, Felix Klieser first expressed a wish to play the French Horn at the tender age of three! He was determined to play this instrument specifically, despite advice from local teachers that it would be too challenging an instrument at so young an age. His determination won out however and a few weeks after his fourth birthday he began lessons.
2. Klieser’s debut album, ‘Reveries’ was released in 2013 on the Berlin Classics label, and was met with rave reviews from critics. Felix personally selected the pieces featuring on the record saying “The Romantic era has fascinated me from the start… It was a time of radical change accompanied by a sense of anticipation, and that can be felt in the music.”
3. In 2014 Felix Klieser received the ECHO Klassik (Germany’s most prestigious classical music award) for young artist of the year, at the age of 23!
4. Mozart’s Horn concertos are so beloved by Felix that he was afraid to record them when first asked by, Berlin Classics, following the success of ‘Reveries’. Eventually, however, he came back to the idea and recorded the album in 2018 with the famous Camerata Salzburg ensemble. Felix now views having recorded music that is so special to him as a dream come true!
5. On starting the partnership with us here at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Klieser will become the first German horn player to have a residency with a major British orchestra…we can’t wait!
We’re thrilled Felix is joining us as Artist-in-Residence for a two-year tenure and are really looking forward to the artistic fruits of this partnership. Watch this space!