THE 43RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TRUMPET GUILD CONFERENCE
THE HYATT REGENCY • SAN ANTONIO • MAY 29 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2018
Philippe Litzler was born on November 13, 1969 and grew up swaddled in a culture of music, becoming, at just 4 years old, a member of the “Fanfare des Sapeurs Pompiers de Saint-Louis,” his hometown firemen’s band conducted by his father Charles Litzler. Two years later he tried his hand at the bugle in the “Musique Municipale et des Sapeurs Pompiers de Saint-Louis”, which later became the “Orchestre d’Harmonie de Saint-Louis.”
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 École 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 Santi, 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 European debut.
In 1994 he toured several South American countries with the instrumental ensemble “La Follia”. Accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Mainz in 1995, Mr. Litzler performed the trumpet solo in the second Concerto Brandebourgeois by Jean-Sebastian Bach. This piece remains in his repertoire and he still plays it regularly. He was instrumental to the successful 1996 world premier of French composer Christian Gouiguené’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra.
American composer Anthony Plog entrusted Mr. Litzler with the solo trumpet part in his new Concertino for Trumpet and Trombone “Segments,” a piece which debuted under his direction with the accompaniment of the brass ensemble “Grand Ensemble de Cuivres d’Alsace” in April 1999 in Mulhouse, France. In May 2001, Mr. Litzler had the distinction of being only the third French artist, besides Maurice André and Eric Aubier, to perform as soloist in front of the International Trumpet Guild in Evansville, USA.
To diversify his talents, Mr. Litzler helped found the trumpet ensemble “Die Basler Bachtrompeter” in Basel, Switzerland. Because of his predilection for the piccolo trumpet, he is the partner of choice for instrumental ensembles in Switzerland specializing in the interpretation of Jean-Sebastian Bach’s most challenging works. He had the distinction of performing Jean-Sebastian Bach’s Cantata BWV 51 for Soprano and Trumpet under the direction of Helmut Rilling in 2007, and more recently with the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich and conductor Giovanni Antonini. Since September 2005, Mr. Litzler has been trumpet soloist for the prestigious Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich under the leadership of Lionel Bringuier. 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.