The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the death of Hans-Wolfgang Dünschede, flutist and piccoloist from 1976 to 2002. The Berlin native studied with Fritz Demmler and Marcel Moyse before beginning his professional career as principal flutist with the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle in 1971. In 1976 he joined the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he soon succeeded Günter Prill as piccoloist. From 1997 to 2000 he was a member of the Fünferrat (Council of Five) and taught at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1993 to 2000.
Hans-Wolfgang Dünschede was a versatile musician, who not only distinguished himself in the orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician he was at home in a variety of genres – classical music, jazz and rock. He was also a member of the ensemble 14 Berlin Flutists for many years. Hans-Wolfgang Dünschede died on 16 March 2019 at the age of 69.