After studying with Emil Kessinger, Ulrich Koch and Tibor Varga, violist Wilfried Strehle joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (led by Herbert von Karajan) when he was just over 20 years old. He was viola soloist there from 1984 to 2013.
Strehle has been a guest professor of viola at the University of Arts Berlin since 2001. He has also been teaching at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for decades. Many of his students have earned great success and gone on on to become members of Berlin Philharmonic as well as other important orchestras in cities like Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Dresden and Hamburg.
Strehle is also frequently invited to teach in master classes all over the world, including at the Summer Academy of Mozarteum Salzburg, at Yale University, and in the conservatories of Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Strehle also pursues a career as a well-renowned soloist and a high-profile chamber musician. He was a founding member of world famous Brandis Quartet for 25 years. His long list of musical partners includes Yefim Bronfman and David Geringas, with whom he was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform Richard Strauss’ “Don Quixote” with the Mariinsky Orchestra at the Festival Stars of the White Nights in St. Petersburg in 2016.