Guests from Overseas to the Faculty of Music 02: Wilhelmus Karolus Sanders



  • Prof. Sanders is a professor at the University of Music Karlsruhe (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe) in Karlsruhe, Germany. He has also been a professor emeritus at the Academy of Music in Kraków (Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie) in Poland and a visiting professor at Tokyo University of the Arts since 2012 and 2016, respectively.
  • He was invited to teach at TUA between May 5 -14, 2017

As the principal horn of major orchestras in Germany, Professor Sanders has performed under world renowned conductors such as Solti, Maazel, Kleiber, and Barenboim, for which he has received high acclaim. He has also been invited to provide guest performances for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as well as many orchestras in Germany. His recordings include those with groups such as Linos Ensemble and German Brass. He has travelled extensively throughout the world to attend major music festivals and workshops in the US, Brazil, Venezuela, Japan, South Korea, and Australia and to serve as a jury member at various international competitions such as the Prague Spring International Music Competition. He is a globally respected music teacher as well; He took up the position of professor at the University of Music Karlsruhe in 2000, since when he has produced many excellent young musicians. More recently, he has been active as a conductor as well as a performer and a professor.

Special lessons as a visiting professor of Geidai

A series of individual horn lessons and chamber music lessons was offered in eight days. He also conducted the Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra in a program featuring a French composer who is quite rare to be used in Japan for the teaching of wind instruments.

The one-on-one lessons and group lessons took place in turns. Prof. Sanders explained to each participating student what his or her weak points were in a theoretical and exact manner. His lessons focused on the practice of improving musical expressions and grasping the colors of the sounds. Many participating students later commented on the new approaches they learnt from Prof. Sanders for how to use breath; they simulated a performance without the instrument but using only exhaled breaths and fingering techniques and also practiced to breath with a mouthpiece turned upside down.

In the concert on May 11, 2017 at the Sogakudo Concert Hall, the students successfully demonstrated the beauty of the natural flow of the breaths as a result of the practice with Prof. Sanders, which is considered important for the performance of wind instrument.

The Concert by The Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra Harmonie des instruments à vent – Magnificence francaise, an official program to celebrate the 130 anniversary of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Conducted by Wilhelmus Karolus Sanders.
【Date and Time】
Thursay, May 11, 2017 Open: 18:30 Start: 19:00 Ticket: 2,000yen
Jacques Ibert : Ouverture pour “Le14 Juillet” de Romain Rolland
Darius Milhaud : Suite Française Op.248a
Martin Ellerby : Paris Sketches―Homages for Wind Band
Florent Schmitt : Dionysiaques
Ida Gotkovsky : Symphonie Brillante

Lesson at the No.6 Hall

Photo session after a lesson

Rehearsal at the No.6 Hall

Horn students rehearsing at the No.6 Hall

Final rehearsal at Sogakudo

Prof. Sanders and his horn students after the concert