Stefan Schulz started his musical career as a horn player, and then later moved on to trombone. He studied in Berlin and Chicago before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker. He was bass trombonist with the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1993-2002, and from 1996-2002 he also played in the Bayreuther Festspielorchester.
Schulz’ commitment to education has accompanied his musical career from the start. He was a mentor with the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, and then a lecturer at the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover. From 2000-2004, he taught as a visiting professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He teaches trombone at the Barenboim-Said Akademie and has been a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2004.
Schulz has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras, including the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and others.
He is a dedicated chamber musician and a permanent member of the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Along with the trombonists Joseph Alessi, Michel Bequet and Jorgen van Rijen, he founded the World Trombone Quartet.
A special artistic friendship links him with the composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder, some of whose works he has premiered and recorded on CD. He also plays in the Daniel Schnyder Trio with pianist Marcin Grochowina.
Other composers whose works the trombonist has premiered and recorded on CD in recent years include Jean Michel Defaye, Niels Marthinsen and Poul Ruders. His CD Haendel in Harlem was released with Enja Records.
He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and released three solo CDs on Swedish label BIS.