“It has been a wonderful place to work,” said Ulrich Wolff. When the double bass player joined the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1978, he was the youngest member of the orchestra at the time, aged 22. Now the time has come for him to say goodbye after 44 years of service. Just as the final applause after the concert on 30 December 2021 was about to die away, violinist Philipp Bohnen took to the microphone to pay tribute to Ulrich Wolff in front of the orchestra and the audience in a poem written by Klaus Wallendorf: his equanimity, his humour, his even-tempered nature, his musicality and his commitment to the Berliner Philharmoniker as a staff representative and member of the Council of Five.
Ulrich Wolff, who studied under Philharmoniker double bassist Rainer Zepperitz and has devoted himself with great passion to Early music in addition to his orchestral work, was visibly moved as he thanked his colleagues. They had given him “happy years”. Smiling, he confessed that he sometimes even missed his cue because he got carried away listening to the playing of the others. His special thanks went to the members of his double bass section: “We have grown together into an artistic and personal unit, something that became more and more beautiful over the years.”