Karl-Heinz Schütz is Principal Soloflute with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and also plays the soloflute at the Wiener Philharmoniker. From 2005 to 2011 he held this position at the Wiener Symphoniker. He is Flute-Professor at Konservatorium 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 perfectioned himself in playing chambermusic 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 he was nominated first Soloflute in Vienna, he held the same position for four years at the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and teached at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory from 2000 to 2004.
He has been an asked for guest musician with rennomated 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 soloflute 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 a chambermusician he travelled to numberous important festivals in several countries in Europe, Asia, North and Southamerika and is a regularly invited guest Professor to international Musiccamps, Masterclasses etc., especially 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 musicmaking in diverse chamberformations allows him to grow his repertoire permanently, that reaches from Barock to Avantgarde. He is a member in 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.