Since winning second prize at the ARD in Munich in 1986, Reinhold Friedrich has played on the world's best stages. His repertoire ranges from the most contemporary pieces for solo trumpet to the first music composed for the origins of that instrument, such as the baroque trumpet or the key trumpet. He made his debut at the Berliner Festwochen playing Luciano Berio's Sequenza X and in 1994 at the Musikverein in Vienna performing Joseph Haydn's Key Trumpet Concerto. He has been Principal Trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since its founding and Artistic Director of the Festival's Brass Ensemble.
He has played with the Capriccio Basel formation, the Orchestra of the Champs Elysées or the Vienna Academy with period instruments. He has also premiered works by composers Wolfgang Rihm, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Werner Henze, Nicolaus A. Huber and Adriana Hölszky. The breadth of his repertoire is demonstrated by the concerts Eirene by Herbert Willi and Nobody knows of trouble I see by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (an ECHO Classic-awarded record).
As a soloist, he has performed with groups such as the Berliner Barock Solisten, the Stagione Frankfurt, the Vienna and Basler chamber orchestras, the Bamberger and Vienna symphonies, the Radio France Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Concertgebouw, the de la BBC and all of the ARD. He has also performed under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Reinhard Goebel, Martin Haselböck, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Krystjan and Neeme Järvi, Dmitri Kitajenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher , Jonathan Nott, Kazushi Ono and Hans Zender, among others. His recent collaborations with chamber musicians include artists such as Eriko Takezwa (piano), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), Martin Lücker and Sebastian Küchler-Blessing (organ). Since its founding in 2013, he has played in the group L' éventail de Jeanne with Claudio Bohórquez (cello), Sascha Armbruster (saxophone) and Eriko Takezawa (piano).
He has given concerts in Japan, Mexico, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland with ensembles such as the Lucerne Festival String Ensemble, the Berliner Barock Solisten, the Jenaer Philharmonie, and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.
His latest engagements include concert no. 2 from Brandenburg with the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, with whom he was also artist in residence, directed by Sir András Schiff. In May 2017, he premiered the concert written for him by Benjamin Yusupov. At the request of the Royal Academy in London and the Julliard School in New York, he advised as an artistic expert on the recording of a record and the organization of concerts around the work of Giovanni Gabrieli.
He will also play, together with Dorothee Mields, with the Leipzig Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vallès Philharmonic, the Israel Camerata and the Taiwan Symphony. With the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra he will premiere the composer HK Gruber's Aerial trumpet concerto.
His many records illustrate the comprehensiveness of his work, among them are, with ECHO Classic, the Russian Trumpet Concertos, with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Mathias Mueller, a record with the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam conducted by George Benjamin , the first recording, with Coviello Classics, of Christian Jost's “Pieta” trumpet concerto and, with Sony, concerto no. 2 from Brandenburg with the Barock Solisten from Berlin under the baton of Reinhard Goebel.
Reinhold Friedrich is Professor at Karlsruhe, in Hiroshima (Japan) and Honorary Professor at the Royal Academy in London. He gives master classes all over the world and among his former students there are many professors (at the universities of Hannover, Paris, Essen, Detmold and Budapest) as well as artists in the best orchestras in the world (Berlin, Munich, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Leipzig, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Moscow, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro). He is currently a professor of the IF International Foundation Trumpet Chair at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.