Born in southwest Germany, Wilfried Strehle studied at the Universities of Stuttgart and Detmold with Emil Kessinger, Ulrich Koch and Tibor Varga, who also asked him to play in his Chamber Orchestra. At a little more than twenty years old he began his career with the Berliner Philharmoniker directed by Herbert von Karajan, from 1984 to 2013 occupying the post of solo violist.
At the Universität der Künste in Berlin Strehle has taught viola since 2001, carefully preparing his students as soloists as well as members of chamber music ensembles and orchestras. For decades he was a teacher at the Karajan-Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Many of his students have succeeded in becoming members of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as other important orchestras in Berlin, Vienna and Munich. In Europe and overseas he is asked to conduct master-classes, for example by the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Conservatories of Moscow, Yale, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Since the very beginning he has loved to play as a soloist and performer of chamber music in various ensembles of his orchestra including with the Brandis-Quartet which was founded in 1976, as member of the Philharmonic Octet Berlin, with the Trio Berlin which won the Award for Chamber Music of the European Parliament and with the Philharmonic Friends Vienna-Berlin.
Playing chamber music and as a soloist, he has travelled to South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the USA. A great deal of chamber music has been recorded by Harmonia Mundi, Orfeo, Teldec, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon und Nimbus Records.
Information for June 2018