Konradin Groth was the Principal Trumpet of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1974-1998. From 1998 until his retirement in 2018, he was Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arts in Berlin. Before 1998 he taught for more than 20 years as an instructor at this university. Since the foundation of the Karajan Academy he taught at this institution. Some of his most renowned students are Matthias Höfs and Wolfgang Bauer.
Groth studied from 1965-68 with Fritz Wesenigk at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. From 1968-1970 he was second trumpet of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1970-1974 he was Principal Trumpet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
He is one of the Co-Founders of German Brass, which grew out of the quintet “Das Deutsche Blechbläserquintett” with his colleagues Martin Kretzer (trp), Radovan Vladkovic (horn), Enrique Crespo (trb) and Walter Hilgers (tuba), which became German Brass.
In 1982 Groth played the world premiere of Siegfried Matthus’ Concerto for Trumpet, Timpani and Orchestra. This work was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.
Groth can be heard on the German Brass recordings Bach 300, German Brass on Stage-Overtures and Das Deutsche Blechbläserquintett. Through his recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Konradin Groth is one of the most recorded trumpet players of all times. He is also featured in numerous recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble (for example “Brass in Berlin” with the Canadian and Berlin Philharmonic Brass). As a soloist he released 6 CD’s.