The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the death of Christian Stadelmann, first leader of the 2nd violins. Born in Berlin, he studied under the former Philharmoniker concertmaster Thomas Brandis at the Berlin University of the Arts. As an orchestral musician, Christian Stadelmann gained his first experience in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie before becoming a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker as a second violinist in 1985. Two years later, he became the leader of the section. He also taught at the Karajan Academy and was a keen chamber musician. For example, he founded the Philharmonia Quartet with orchestra colleagues, an ensemble which was active for over thirty years, and was a member of the Vincent Trio. On 26 July, Christian Stadelmann died after a serious illness at the age of 60.
Knut Weber, cellist and member of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s orchestra board: “The early death of Christian Stadelmann has affected us deeply. Not only was he an outstanding musician, but for more than twenty years he represented the Berliner Philharmoniker as a member of the “Fünferrat” (council of five). In addition, as a teacher of the Karajan Academy, he trained numerous young violinists, some of whom are now members of our orchestra themselves. In Christian Stadelmann, we lose an exemplary musician and a wonderful colleague who will remain in our memory not least because of his warm-hearted, humorous nature.”