Born in Elgersburg (Thuringia)
Member since 1980-09-01
Berlin Philharmonic Association (confraternity) (1998-2003, since 2005)
»The horns are a sort of tonal liaison between the woodwind and the brass, pealing out powerfully and reinforcing the latter, purring and melting into the former, and at home, as it were, in either the forest or the forge.«
Klaus Wallendorf owes his being a horn player to chance: the music teacher at his Gymnasium was asked by the Düsseldorf Youth Music School to look for pupils to learn the hunting horn. Klaus signed up – actually in response to a completely different question – and already had the horn in his hand. He showed so much talent for it that at the age of 16 he won the German national competition "Jugend musiziert" and since 1965 has – as he puts it – been active as a "salaried horn player". He served as principal horn in orchestras including the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande before becoming a permanent member of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
In addition, Wallendorf has played for more than 25 years in the Consortium Classicum. An ensemble member of German Brass since 1985, he has a major role in its concert appearances both as horn player and as master of ceremonies. In addition, he serves the Berliner Philharmoniker and some of its chamber ensembles as "occasional wordsmith, utility lyricist, moderator and semi-official entertainer". The horn player can also be experienced in this capacity outside the orchestra – as cabaret artiste at Berlin’s Bar jeder Vernunft, Gasthof Kandler in Oberbiberg, Bavaria, or in the ensemble "Lachmusik", as a stand-in for Loriot, as presenter of the German Order of Merit award to chief conductors and doctors of tropical medicine, as well as the composer of musical tributes and other songs.