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Kurt Guntner has passed away

Kurt GuntnerThe great violinist Prof. Kurt Guntner died suddenly on January 9, 2015 following a short, severe illness.

Kurt Guntner was born in Munich in 1939. He studied the violin with Ludwig Ackermann, Max Rostal and Henryk Szeryng. At the age of 18, he made his solo debut in the Kongreßsaal at the German Museum in Munich, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 22 he was appointed first concertmaster with the Bavarian State Orchestra. After 10 eventful years at the Bavarian State Opera with conductors such as Ferenc Fricsay, Joseph Keilberth and Hans Knappertsbusch, Rudolf Kempe invited him to become the first concertmaster with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, giving him the opportunity to perform the violin solo in many of the great violin concertos.

Of particular appeal were the invitations from the Bavarian Radio Broadcasting to perform and record seldom played violin concertos, including those by Casella, Schillings, Szymanowsky and others. Kurt Guntner was also first concertmaster with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra for many years, and played with the Munich Bach Orchestra under Karl Richter. Numerous recordings for radio, television, record and CD are lasting testimony to his musical life.

1976 Guntner received the summons to become a professor of violin at the Musikhochschule München where he taught students from all over the world for 28 years.

Kurt Guntner was associated with G. Henle Publishers as a musician and friend for several decades. Since the end of the 1980s he produced 25 Urtext editions of works for violin for the publishing house, sharing pedagogically polished bowings and fingerings for different works including violin concertos by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Bruch and Tchaikovsky, as well as numerous other editions.

We have lost a magnificent violinist and a great friend.