Gottfried Menth, Univ.Prof.

University Professor in Trumpet

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Prof. Gottfried Menth

Contract professor for trumpet studies

Gottfried Menth was born in 1957 in Kirchberg near Mattighofen, Upper Austria. At the age of eleven he played in the local wind band and learned to play the trumpet. The conductor gave him a trumpet and said, "come again when you can play!" and so Gottfried Menth had to learn to play the instrument on his own. He then studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Fritz Krammer from 1972 to 1981, graduating with distinction, and he was awarded the Acknowledgment Prize of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research. In 1982 he was appointed as solo trumpeter of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. He also deputized in the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.


Besides playing as solo trumpeter in the Mozarteum Orchestra Gottfried Menth also played in several smaller formations, for instance the Brass Quintet of the Mozarteum Orchestra; from 1983 to 1992 he was first trumpeter with the Camerata Academica in the Sándor Végh era; he performed with the Salzburg Baroque Soloists in the instrumentation soprano, trumpet, 2 oboes, bassoon and harpsichord, with the Salzburg Bach Orchestra, in the combination organ and trumpet, giving concerts in Austria, Germany, and Italy. 


The Concerto for Three Trumpets, Timpani and Organ by Hermann Regner is dedicated to  Gottfried Menth and has been recorded on CD.


As a soloist with orchestral accompaniment Gottfried Menth has performed trumpet concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann, Torelli, Francescini, Albinoni, Leopold Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Arutjunjan etc. For the Philips label he recorded the post horn solo in Mozart’s "Post Horn" Serenade together with the wind soloists Heinz Holliger oboe, Aurèle Nicolet flute, Klaus Thunemann bassoon and Jonathan Williams horn.


On the most recent recordings by the Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Ivor Bolton, issued by OEHMS Classics, works from the Viennese Classical period are played on natural trumpets and natural horns. Gottfried Menth has performed on tours in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Great Britain, Canada, in the USA, in South America,  Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.


He has played in concerts and opera performances under conductors such as Mark Elder, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Sándor Végh, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Georg Prêtre, Frans Brüggen, Franz Welser-Möst, Marc Minkowski, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and many others. Gottfried Menth has also performed with jazz musicians such as Bobby Mc Ferrin, Gerry Mulligan, Vince Mendoza and Dave Brubeck.


Gottfried Menth began to teach at the Musikum in Salzburg while he was himself still a student. He then began to teach at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, and from the year 2000 as a contract professor found the ideal complement to performing.