Karl-Heinz Schütz is Principal Solo flute with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and plays the solo flute at the Wiener Philharmoniker. From 2005 to 2011 he held this position at the Wiener Symphoniker. He is Flute Professor at Conservatorium Wien-University.
Born in Innsbruck and grown up in Landeck/Tirol he has had his musical education in Austria, Switzerland and France. He graduated both, in Austria with Prof. Eva Amsler at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory, and in France within the class of Prof. Philippe Bernold at the Lyon CNSM (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique), where he also perfected himself in playing chamber music with Jean-Louis Cappezzali. In Switzerland, he had numerous and very impressing private lessons with Aurèle Nicolet.
Important international awards to him were the two first prices at the Carl Nielsen International Flute competition 1998 und the Krakov International Flute competition 1999.
Before his nomination to first Solo flute in Vienna, he held the same position for four years at the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and taught at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory from 2000 to 2004.
He has been an asked guest musician with prestigious orchestras such as Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, German Radio-orchestras NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne and HR Frankfurt, Opéra de Lyon, Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele and Super World Orchestra in Japan.
As a soloist, he has been playing the important flute concertos with orchestras such as Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Concertverein, Classical players Vienna, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona, Odense Symphony, Camerata XXI Tarragona, Concertino Wien, Capella Cracoviensis and others. As a solo flutist, he had the opportunity and chance to make music with conductors such as Georges Pretre, Pierre Boulez, Ivan Fischer, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yakov Kreizberg, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yuri Simeonov, Vladimir Fedosejev, Fabio Luisi, Franz Welser-Möst and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Both as a soloist and as a chamber musician he travelled to numerous important festivals in several countries in Europe, Asia, North and South Amerika. He is a regularly invited guest Professor to international music camps, master classes etc., for example in Seoul-Korea, Academie de Nice, Liechtensteiner Meisterkurse, Bludenzer Meisterkurse, Akademie der Bregenzer Festspiele, Akademie Fiss and the PACIFIC MUSIC FESTIVAL in Sapporo Japan among others.
Permanent music making in diverse chamber formations allows him to enlarge his repertoire permanently, that reaches from the Barock to the Avantgarde. He is a member of the DORIAN CONSORT, the DOREMIS-ENSEMBLE-WIEN.
He recorded for many broadcasting associations and produced a couple of CDs: Flute recital from Debussy to Boulez, W. F. Bach Flute duets, 4th Brandenburg concerto, Taffanels Opera paraphrases.