Wilfried Berk grew up in Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil, where he was born as a son of German immigrants. He studied at the National Academy of Music in Rio with Prof. Jayoleno dos Santos. After his graduation he became a member of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (OSB) and was a founding-member of the Quinteto Villa-Lobos in 1962. Events with the Quinteto in 1964: – Caravana da Cultura, touring Northeastern Brazil – and a tournée through South America in official mission of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations -concerts in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, Asunciôn, Montevideo (May-June).
For over 30 years he has had a teaching position in Hanover/ Germany, this in addition to his activities as a clarinet soloist and chamber musician, as an arranger and editor of his own publications – records, the clarinet involving articles (example: The large presence of the Boehm clarinet at the CD market) and music scores: clarinetto arioso & clarinetto virtuoso/ editor Simrock/ Benjamin, Hamburg/ London. Some steps of his career: winner of the Youth -competition for soloists of the OSB – yearly, from 1960 to 1964: teaching assignment as a clarinet professor at the University of Salvador/ Bahia and principal clarinetist at the symphony orchestra there (from 1964 to 1967). Since May ’67 living in Germany alter a study (thanks to a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service) with Diploma in Berlin (Prof Heinrich Geuser): orchestra musician in Marl (Philharmonia Hungarica) and Stuttgart Philharmonie.
Features: 1° Festival Internacional de Mûsica do Rio de Janeiro (Rio,1963), laureate at the Intern. Chamber Music Competition (with an Villa-Lobos Ensemble) at Colmar/ France / Intern. Study for Clarinetists (Queekhoven/ Netherlands in 1971, Festival da Bahia (1975), Semana da Mûsica Brasileira em Bonn/ Bad Hersfelder Festspielkonzerte (Germany,1975), Famiglia Menighina di Milano (Italy,1977), Incontri Musical] a Venezia 1980: Congrès International de la Clarinette à Paris, visit to the Maison Vandoren (France,1981) ). Participation to international music camps – with Jost Michaels (Trossingen/ Germany,1983), Jacques Lancelot, Walter Boeykens
(Holland, 1971), John McCaw (Paris, 1981), Lateinamerikatage Dortmund 1992: Kulturkaleidoskop/ EXPO 2000 (Hanover). Performances as a clarinet soloist: – with orchestra conducted by Eleazar de Carvalho, Alceu Bocchino, Jayoleno dos Santos, Vicente Fittipaldi, Victor Tevah, Sergio Magnani and Isaac Karabtchevsky, playing concertos by W A Mozart, C M von Weber (op. 26, 73 & 74), Johann Stamitz and Franz Krommer, – with the Pandula-Quartet and the Quarteto de Cordas de Sao Paulo (Quintets by Mozart, Brahms and Arthur Bliss), – with the Clarion Ensemble/ Collegio col Clarinetto.
Many recordings and recitals in Europe and South-America (the main repertory for Duo) for radio with his wife – the pianist Elisabeth Berk-Seiz Together with German and Brazilian music colleagues he has established since 1991 the groups Escola de Choro, Duo Carioca and Canto do Rio to the spreading of choro-music, which is very important to him, due to his roots. He toured with them in Germany, Brazil Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. (London and surroundings).
I) with Dorte Blase soprano, Elisabeth Berk-Seiz, piano: CD «Clarinet songs» – Cordaria CACD 561 /Liebermann
(2000) http://www.amazon.de www.klassik.com
Lied & chamber music by Arne/ Lazarus, Bliss, Argento, Bennett, Vaughan Williams, Noble, McCabe. World first recordings of Nobles Cats (cl & pno) and McCabe’s Three Folk Songs op 19
Il) with the Group Canto do Rio/ Wilfried Berk, cl & leader (+ fl, pno, cello, perc ) CD «Brazilian Classics» – Mûsica Brasileira: Heitor Villa-Lobos & Choro-Highlights. Ambitus 97 939 / Musikwelt (1997) / www.bol.de
Works by Villa-Lobos and traditional choros by Pixinguinha, Nazareth, Bittencourt, Araùjo, KXimbinho, Americano, Freire Jr., Azevedo, Ferreira.
Further 3 LPS with E. Berk-Seiz piano: – French Music for clarinet and piano: Poulenc, Milhaud, Widor, SaintSaens THOROFON CAPELLA MTH 205 – Mûsica Brasileira, portrait Claudio Santoro. DUO 1976 (dedicated to the Duo Berk-Seiz ) Ed. Universidade de Brasilia,
– Musik in Herrenhausen: Duos by Weber (Grand Duo), Boieldieu (Sonata) and Schumann (Fantasy-Pieces). Leuenhagen & Paris Stereo 666 521 (available in Brazil ASC155)