Wenzel Fuchs was born in Innsbruck, Austria, where he began his
study of the clarinet with Professor Walter Kafer at the local
conservatory. He continued his studies with Professor Peter
Schmidl at Vienna University of Music and the Performing Arts,
taking his degree with high honours. He also won awards from the
Austrian Ministry of Science and Art the Jugend Musiziert
studies he deputized regularly in all Viennese orchestras,
including the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna
Philharmonic. At the age of 19 he become the solo clarinettist
in the orchestra of Vienna Volksoper, followed five years later
by a similar appointment in the Vienna RSO.
Since 1993 he has been the solo clarinetist of the Berlin
Philharmonic; he also teaches at the orchestra’s Karajan
Academy. He has held a professorship at the Hanns Eisler
University of Music (2008-13) and has been a visiting professor
at the Geidai University in Tokyo. In 2015 he became a professor
at the Mozateum University in Salzburg.
Besides his many master-classes in Japan, Europe and the United
States, he appears throughout the world as a soloist with such
orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, the China National SO, the
Korean SO, the Berlin Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic.
His chamber music partners include Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel
Pahud, Andras Schiff, Albrecht Mayer, Mitsuko Utchido and David
Gering o.a. He is a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind
Soloists, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, the Berlin
Philharmonic Octet and the Chamber Orchestra Wien-Berlin.