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Zepperitz, Rainer

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Bandung (Java), 1930 - Berlin, 2009. Rainer Zepperitz was born in Bandung (Java). In 1937 he returned to Germany with his family, moving in 1940 to Düsseldorf where he studied at the Robert Schumann Conservatory of Music. At eighteen he became a member of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Between 1949 and 1951 Rainer Zepperitz was double bass soloist of the Bonn State Orchestra. In 1951 he became the youngest member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1957 he was double bass soloist of such orchestra. In 1954 he joined the chamber music ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, which later changed its name to Philharmonisches Oktett. At the end of the fifties, he was named professor of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. In 1977 he founded the chamber music ensemble Philharmonische Virtuosen obtaining great international renown. He was a member of the presidency of such orchestra for over a decade. He also was a founding member of the Orchester-Akademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he also taught. Many of his students are members of the major orchestras the world over. He recently retired from his professional activity with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and since the 2001-02 academic year Rainer Zepperitz is Head Professor of the Double Bass Chair at the Reina Sofía School of Music.

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