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“A world-class cellist”: Weimar graduate Valentino Worlitzsch is the new first cello with the Gewandhaus Orchestra

Valentino Worlitzsch | Photo: Felix Broede

“A world-class cellist”: Weimar graduate Valentino Worlitzsch is the new first cello with the Gewandhaus Orchestra

Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt’s cello class at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar has boasted a phenomenal success rate in competitions and orchestral employment for years.

Now Weimar cello graduate Valentino Worlitzsch has taken the next big step in his career: he has been the new first cellist with the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig since the start of the current season 2020/21 under the direction of Gewandhaus Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons, whose contract has just been renewed until 2027.

Valentino Worlitzsch previously worked as first cello with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2018 to 2020. “I was very happy when Valentino Worlitzsch won the audition for first cello with the Gewandhaus Leipzig. After all, it is one of the leading positions in Germany, even in the world!”, says his Weimar instrumental teacher Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt – not without pride.

“Of course, this success did not come as a surprise to me. Valentino Worlitzsch is a world-class cellist!! His musicality, his refined playing, his sound, his intelligence are truly impressive and I am sure that he will take joy in this position in Leipzig!”

Alongside his career, Valentino Worlitzsch is currently completing a postgraduate instrumental degree at the university in Weimar. He will play his public examination concert on Monday the 9th of November in the festival hall at the “Fürstenhaus”. The 30-year-old cellist is looking forward to the new challenges in Leipzig.

“It is a great privilege to be first cellist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. This orchestra has a tradition, sound, and renown of which hardly any other orchestra in the world can boast”, stresses Worlitzsch.

“I am especially looking forward to playing in the Opera and the Church of St. Thomas alongside symphony concerts in the Gewandhaus and being able to work with the greatest conductors and soloists of our time. In this position, I also have the time and possibilities to still perform as a soloist and play chamber music. This combination is particularly important to me”, says the cellist who was born in Hannover 1989.

Valentino Worlitzsch is one of the most successful cellists of his generation and regularly wins over the hearts of both international juries and audiences with his playing:

for instance, he has won first prize at the German Music Competition as well as the prize for audience favourite and two special prizes, first prize and two special prizes at the international music competition "Pacem in Terris" in Bayreuth, first prize and audience favourite at the competition "Ton und Erklärung", and the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann special prize in Berlin, as well as the winning the international the Leoš Janáček International Competition in Brno.

He was a semi-finalist at the International ARD Competition in Munich as well as at the renown International Tschaikowsky Competition in St. Petersburg and was honoured as the best participant ex aequo at the Pierre Fournier Award in London.

Valentino Worlitzsch completed his studies with Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg, Michel Strauss in Paris and most recently Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, where he has been teaching as Prof. Schmidt’s assistant since 2015. While gaining his degree, he is also studying piano under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Johanna Wiedenbach as well as conducting under Nicolás Pasquet in Weimar.

He regularly performs as a soloist with the most important orchestras, including the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Düsseldorf Symphoniker, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Munich Radio Orchestra, and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.

He also plays on the most important stages, including the Philharmonie Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg or the Wigmore Hall in London.

In addition, he has dedicated himself passionately to chamber music – his partners include Elisabeth Brauß, Volker Jacobsen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Christopher Park, Natalia Prischepenko, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and William Youn – and he is regularly invited as a guest player at famous festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musik Festival or the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen.

Valentino Worlitzsch was solo cellist with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2018 to 2020. He started his new position as first cellist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig in the 2020/21 season.

For more information visit: www.valentino-worlitzsch.com