He is a trumpet and horn player, conductor, teacher and researcher born in Sosa, Saxony, Germany.
He began learning music when he was 5 and played the trumpet from the time he was 14. He studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Leipzig which he followed by becoming a soloist at the Halle’s Handel Festival Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic.
He founded three ensembles which concentrated on wind instrument music from the 17th and 18th centuries played on period instruments. They were the Leipziger Bach-Collegium, The Ludwig Guettler Wind Ensemble and the Virtuosi Saxonae.
From 1972 to 1990 he was a professor at the Dresden Hochschule fur Musik and regularly taught masterclasses and at the Weimar International Music Seminar.
He is known as the “King of Trumpets” and “the Pavarotti of wind instruments” and has received many awards for all aspects of his musical career as well as for his involvement in the restoration of the Frauenkirche in Dresden where he uses his abilities and knowledge learned while studying for an architectural degree. As a result of this Queen Elizabeth II made him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 and that same year President Horst Kohler presented him with the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
To date he has made over 50 recordings as a soloist, member of ensembles and orchestras and as a conductor. He is currently a member of the Academy of Arts and the Cultural Senate of Saxony.
Ludwig Guttler Brass Ensemble recordings
Courtly Masquing Ayres Nos. 18, 19 and 20
Capriccio 10 146 (CD: English Brass Music of the 17th Century)
New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig recordings
Sinfonias for Two Trumpets and Orchestra in D
Capriccio 10 020 (CD: Italian Trumpet Concertos)
Conductor – Max Pommer
Trumpet – Ludwig Guttler