The Berliner Philharmoniker deeply mourns the passing of Heinz Ortleb, who was a violinist with the orchestra for over 30 years. Born in Berlin in 1932, he studied at the conservatory in his home town from 1949 and became a member of the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in 1957, from 1960 as leader of the 2nd violins. In August 1966, Heinz Ortleb joined the 2nd violins of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition, he was engaged on behalf of his colleagues in numerous ways: as a member of the Council of Five and the staff council as well as in media management. He retired in December 1997.
As a chamber musician, Heinz Ortleb belonged to the Westphal Quartet, the Ensemble Berliner Harmoniker and, as a violist, the Philharmonic Piano Quartet. He also had many interests outside music. When the orchestra’s fee payments were computerised, he programmed the necessary software himself; as a visual artist, he created metal sculptures that were exhibited at the Philharmonie Berlin, among other places. Heinz Ortleb died on 6 October 2023 at the age of 91.