The Berlin Philharmonic has announced the appointment of one of its youngest ever players.
Florian Pichler, who is just 18 years old, will take up the second trumpet position this September.
Pichler has said: ‘For me as a second trumpet player, it is particularly important to adapt well and add to the sound of the orchestra. In an orchestra like the Berlin Philharmonic, it means always being on the ball, continuing to develop and never resting on my laurels.’
From his background in the Austrian Brass Band tradition, Pichler studied the trumpet with Franz Tösch and has played been principal in ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Graz Philharmonic.
Since the 19th century, the youngest ever player to join the orchestra is double-bass player Edicson Ruiz, who was 17 when he started.
Because it's a fantastic performance, and we thought it seemed appropriate, watch the Berlin Philharmonic performing Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra below.