Felix Behringer, Clarinet

Felix Behringer began to play the clarinet at the age of eight. Already at the age of 16, he was admitted to the clarinet class of Prof. Matthias Müller at the Zürich University of the Arts. In 2006, he finished his Abitur while continuing his musical studies. Behringer won several first prizes in the German Young Musician Competition (Jugend musiziert), the most recent in 2006 with the highest possible score at the final level. In 2007, Behringer won the Concours nationale d’exécution musicale in Riddes in Switzerland. Through studies in Master Classes of Charles Neidich, Sabine Meyer, Reiner Wehle, Karl Leister, Ernesto Molinari, Hans Klaus and Martin Litschgi, Behringer broadened his interpretative abilities. Foundations, such as the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Volksbank-Hochrhein Stiftung, and the Marguerite Meister Stiftung have recognized Behringer’s talent and given him financial support. Behringer earned his Bachelors degree with Distinction in 2009 as well as the Sponsorship Award of the President of the Zürich University of the Arts for the Best Project in the Classical Division. Behringer performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras, as well as with several chamber ensembles.
His true passion and talent lie in contemporary music. In the summer 2010, Behringer participated in the 45th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt (Germany) and was admitted to the summer master courses of the International Ensemble Modern Academy in the context of the Festival Klangspuren (Schwaz, Austria). With the support of a Gerd-Bucerius Scholarship of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Behringer received a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music in New York under Prof. David Krakauer and Prof. Charles Neidich in 2011.
Behringer plays besides the standard clarinets in Bb and A also Eb, Bass and Contrabass Clarinet. Frequently he takes part in world premiers of pieces that often even were written for him or the experimental music duo NOISE-BRIDGE with soprano Christie Finn.


Updated: 2011-09-09