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Melissa Bradshaw

Flautist Hansgeorg Schmeiser dies aged 63

10:27, 16th August 2019

On 22 July 2019 eminent flautist Professor Hansgeorg Schmeiser died unexpectedly of a heart attack at just 63 years old.

Schmeiser was principal flute of the Vienna Volksoper and a regular guest with the Vienna Philharmonic. He was also a professor at the Universität für Musik, artistic director at the Neuberger Kulturtage, head of the International Academy for Flute in Fiss, Tyrol, and founder juror of the Flautiada Competition. Schmeiser recorded extensively for Nimbus Records and was one of the founders of the quintett. wien.

Born on April 11, 1956 in Graz, Austria, Schmeiser began his musical studies with Gottfried Hechtl at the Musikhochschule of his home town. His studies continued with Alain Marion in Paris and Wolfgang Schulz at the Musikhochschule Vienna, where he gained his diploma with distinction in 1982 and was appointed principal flautist of the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper that same year. He was a multiple prize-winner of multiple Jeunesse competitions and began teaching at the Musikhochschule Vienna (now called Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in 1984, initially as an assistant professor to Wolfgang Schulz before being appointed as a full professor responsible for his own flute class in October 2000.

Schmeiser’s activities as a soloist and chamber musician have taken him to all parts of Europe and subsequently to Japan and Korea where he held regular masterclasses. He was a regular guest at the Wiener Philharmoniker and a long-term member of the Wiener Kammerorchester, of the ensemble die Reihe and of the Ensemble des 20. Jahrhunderts. He performed on a 24ct gold flute made by Japanese flute-maker Muramatsu.

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