Karl Leister

Biography

Born: June 15, 1937; Wilhelmshaven  
Karl Leister is one of the leading clarinetists of his generation, spreading his career across several fronts as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for more than three decades; as a soloist strongly identified with Mozart, Weber, Spohr, and countless other composers; and as a chamber player who performed with many of the leading pianists, string players, and singers on the international scene. Leister has made more than 100 recordings Read more for a variety of labels, including Teldec, Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, Camerata, Orfeo, and others. He has also served as a teacher and founded the chamber ensemble Berlin Soloists.

Leister was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on June 15, 1937. His first musical instruction came from his father, also a clarinetist, who was a member of the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Young Karl studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin from 1953-1956. From 1957-1959 he served as clarinetist in the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. In 1959 Leister became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he would remain, mostly as the principal clarinetist, until 1993. It is acknowledged that conductor Herbert von Karajan had exerted considerable influence on Leister's style and career.

Early on in his Berlin years Leister branched out into solo appearances and chamber music and also made a number of recordings. In 1986 he founded the chamber ensemble Berlin Soloists, a group whose members came from the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as from the faculties at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and the Hochschule für Musik Köln.

Throughout the 1980s and '90s Leister turned out numerous recordings for many labels in varied repertory. 1993 saw the Teldec release of Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes and Quintet and the Hindemith Octet performed by the Berlin Soloists, while the following year brought Mozart nocturnes and divertimenti, with Fischer-Dieskau and other artists on Orfeo. These were but two in a continuous flow of recordings with various artists, orchestras, and chamber ensembles.

Leister accepted a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin in 1994 and departed that post in 2002. He remained active in the new century as a soloist and chamber musician. Among his later recordings is the the 2002 Camerata CD entitled Karl Leister Plays Romantic Clarinet Sonatas, which includes works by Mendelssohn, Reger, Rossini, Nielsen, and Danzi. Read less
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    Seiji Ozawa: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564613951 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Michel Béroff,  Masuko Ushioda  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra,  Japan Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Romantic Trios / Leister,  Tinelli,  Mazzoccante
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28235 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carl Baermann,  Bernhard Henrik Crusell
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Antonio Tinelli,  Giuliano Mazzoccante
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    Brahms: Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94381 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Isabelle Faust,  Bruno Giuranna,  Alain Meunier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet,  Tokyo String Quartet,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    The King Of Clarinet
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 99071/72 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Ferenc Bognár,  Anthony Spiri
    Conductor:  Koji Toyoda
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    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Complete Chamber Music [11-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725902 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Christian Ferras,  Pierre Barbizet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet,  Hagen String Quartet,  Amadeus Quartet
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    Mozart: Concertos For Clarinet, Oboe & Bassoon
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 02325 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Lothar Koch,  Günter Piesk
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    Hindemith: Sonatas For Woodwinds / Thomas Indermuhle, Karl Leister, Gisler-haase
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 15109 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Thomas Indermühle,  Kalle Randalu,  Ferenc Bognár,  Karl Leister  ... 
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    Classic Clarinet
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28175 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferdinand Ries,  François Devienne,  Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Ferenc Bognár
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    Stress Free - Music For The End Of The Day
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001289202 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Celin Romero,  Karl Leister,  Claudio Arrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Leister,  Bernard Haitink,  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Spohr, Martinu: Nonets / Ensemble Wien-berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427640 Release Date: 09/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Spohr,  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Milan Turkovic,  Günter Högner,  Karl Leister,  Gerhart Hetzel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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    Danzi, Lachner: Wind Quintets / Ensemble Wien-berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423591 Release Date: 08/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lachner,  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Karl Leister,  Milan Turkovic,  Günter Högner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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    Mozart: Opera Arrangements For Clarinets & Basset Horn / Leister, Magistrelli, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28094 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli,  Laura Magistrelli,  Karl Leister
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    Vision & Mantra - Orchestral Works Of Akira Nishimura
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28147 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Akira Nishimura
    Performer:  Michiko Akao,  Karl Leister
    Conductor:  Norichika Iimori
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
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    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    Brahms: Piano Trios, Horn Trio, Klarinettentrio
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437131 Release Date: 01/17/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Renato Zanettovich,  Amadeo Baldovino,  Dario De Rosa,  Gerd Seifert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio di Trieste
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    Brahms: Complete Clarinet Sonatas / Leister, Levine
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 15063 Release Date: 09/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  David Levine
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    Mozart: Kegelstatt-trio, Etc / Levine, Ensemble Wien Berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431782 Release Date: 08/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Wolfram Christ,  James Levine,  Margit Anna Süss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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    Ultimate Mozart - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766002 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Karl Leister,  Irena Grafenauer,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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