Wolfgang Schulz has died in a Vienna hospital, Austrian media have now confirmed. He was 67.
A long-term soloist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Schulz co-founded the Ensemble Wien-Berlin in 1983 and directed a festival in France. He was imbued with the entrepreneurial qualities of his alma mater, along with a sensational tone of exceptional clarity and vigour. Uncommonly, he was committed to contemporary music and capable of great kindness to young composers. His teaching skills were widely revered.
Born in Linz on Febrary 26, 1946, he passed an audition at the Vienna Volksoper in 1964 and, six years later, at the State Opera, from where he was elected to the membership of the Vienna Philharmonic.