The 45th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference
6.01.21 – 6.05.21
Philippe Litzler was born on November 13, 1969 and grew up swaddled in a culture of music, starting, at just 4 years old, to play the trumpet.
A few years later Mr. Litzler began his official music education at the school of music in his hometown. After graduation, he eschewed the traditional path of music education, and studied under André Daire at the École Normale de Musique in Paris from 1987 to 1989, finishing his training with the highest distinctions. In 1988 he was awarded the trumpet diploma “Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution, ” followed a year later by the soloist diploma “Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste.”
While attending the Ecole Normale, Mr. Litzler simultaneously studied under Pierre Thibaud at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He was awarded a First Prize in Chamber Music in 1990 and his First Prize in Trumpet in 1991; a prize for which he was the first candidate ever selected by unanimous vote and congratulations of the jury.
Since the age of fifteen, Mr. Litzler has performed with major French, German, and Swiss orchestras, such as the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg, the Philharmonic Radio Orchestra of Saarbrücken, the Symphonic Orchestra of Basel, the Opera Orchestra of Zürich, and the Tonhalle Orcherstra of Zürich. These international performances provided him the opportunity to work with some of the most prestigious conductors, such as Armin Jordan, Nello Sani, Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman to name a few.
From 1991 to 2005, Mr. Litzler held the position of Trumpet Supersoloist at the Orchestre National de France under the musical direction of Charles Dutoit and later Kurt Masur. With Charles Dutoit conducting, Mr. Litzler performed the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra “The Mysteries of the Macabre” by György Ligeti in its French debut.
Since September 2005, Mr. Litzler has been trumpet soloist for the prestigious Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich under the leadership of Paavo Järvi.
To round out his involvement in the music world, Mr. Litzler added in 2008 the role of trumpet professor at the Haute École de Musique in Lucerne, Switzerland.
About ten years ago, on the brink of burnout, Philippe Litzler discovered the benefits of Reiki and decided to learn it until his fourth degree in 2019 in order to become a Reiki-Master with the aim of forming and transmitting his passion for this philosophy of life.
In 2020 he became a sound therapist with Tibetan singing bowls and was very interested in the interaction of energy care on the instrumentalist in a situation of intense stress.