Jürgen Franz

Jürgen Franz studied flute with Vladislav Brunner in Frankfurt and with Jean Claude Gérard in Stuttgart . Further studies brought him to Maxence Larrieu and Sir James Galway.

Jürgen Franz became a member of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra and was first flute in the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since August 2000 he is a member of the radio orchestra NDR in Hamburg with such conductors as Christoph von Dohnany, Christoph Eschenbach, Günter Wand†.

Jürgen Franz also played Soloflute in the philharmonic orchetsra from " La Scala di Milano" with conductors like Ricardo Muti, M. Rostropowitsch and Yuri Terminirkanow.

As a guest he played in the Berlin philharmonic with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Maris Jansons and Bernard Haitink Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Zuin Mehta.
Since 2002 he is a member of the Richard Wagner Festivalorchestra in  Bayreuth .

As a soloist he has been a guest in CD  and radio productions and he has toured through  Germany , France , the USA , Estland, Japan and Switzerland . In December 2006 he was invited as soloflutist with the "Symphonica Toscanini Foundation Orchestra" from Lorin Maazel.

Jürgen Franz played with colleges like Sir James Galway, Maxence Larrieu and Davide Formisano and he is a frequently guest at the flute festivals all over europe. At music-festivals he plays all sorts of solo and chamber music literature, mostly with piano, guitar, organ, strings and orchestra. 

As a teacher Jürgen Franz is professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Hamburg Conservatory. He also gives international masterclasses in USA , Japan, Brasil and China.

Jürgen Franz is a Ha ynes Artist and plays an all 19,5kt goldflute from Wm.S. Haynes.

New CD available:

Jean Marie Leclair

Sonates pour flute et basse continue

Deuxieme recreation de musique

Maxence Larrieu et Juergen Franz - Flutes

Georges Kiss - Cembalo

European Recital

»This CD is one of the most interesting to be issued for a long time. The repertoire is very attractive. It is very well recorded and the playing is of the highest standard. A pleasure to listen to.«
Sir James Galway, January 2011

The program on this CD brings together four works for flute and piano (incl. two World Premiere Recordings!) from the early twentieth century and provides us with a glimpse into an era that was ruled by the idea of “L’art pour l’art”. Jürgen Franz and Henning Lucius perform with spirit and enthusiasm, and deliver the music with a tonal palette that is impressively rich and colourful.

Jürgen Franz, flute & Henning Lucius, piano

CD Content:

Walter Gieseking (1895–1956):
Sonatine für Flöte und Klavier

Theodor Blumer (1881–1964):
Sonate für Flöte und Klavier Werk 61*

Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986):
Sonatine für Flöte und Klavier

Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936):
Sonate h-Moll für Flöte und Klavier P 110
arr. of the violin sonata by Jürgen Franz *

* World Premiere Recording

Flötentrios aus Frankreich

A special treasure for lovers of French chamber music. On this recording, one can hear seldom-heard works and arrangements by Romantic and Modern composers. The highly attractive chamber music ensemble consists of flute, violoncello, and piano. A co-production with NDR.

“In all of the works, [the three musicians] achieve a fine balance in musical terms as well as in recording quality.”
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