Stefan Schulz initially played horn and later switched to the trombone. He studied in Berlin and Chicago. Before he became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he was bass trombonist in the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1993 to 2002. From 1996 to 2002, he also played in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
His commitment to education has accompanied his musical career from the beginning: first as a mentor at the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, as well as a lecturer at the University of Music and Theater Hanover. From 2000 to 2004, he taught as a visiting professor at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. In the summer semester of 2004, Stefan Schulz was appointed professor for trombone at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK Berlin).
Stefan Schulz performs as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestras in Dresden, Hamburg, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and other well-known orchestras worldwide. In the 2017/218 season he accepted an invitation as Artist in Residence with the Augsburger Philharmoniker.
He is a dedicated chamber musician and a permanent member of the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Together with the trombonists Joseph Alessi, Michel Becquet and Jorgen van Rijen, he founded the World Trombone Quartet. The CD “just for fun” was released with this ensemble on the ARCANTUS label.
In 2023 Stefan Schulz founded the Vienna - Berlin Trombone Quartet together with Kelton Koch, Jonathan Ramsey and Enzo Turriziani. The ensemble's first CD with the members of the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker will be released in 2024.
A special artistic friendship connects Stefan Schulz with the composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder, some of whose works he premiered and recorded on CD, as well as with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and under the direction of conductor Michael Sanderling for the Swedish label BIS Records. The solo CDs of Stefan Schulz have also been released by BIS Records.
With the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Christian Lindberg as conductor Stefan Schulz produced works by Niels Martinsen for Dacapo Records. With the trombonists Michel Becquet and Jacques Mauger, Stefan Schulz recorded works by Jean-Michel Defaye for harmonia mundi Records. The CD “Haendel in Harlem” with jazz violinist Mark Feldman and Daniel Schnyder was released by the jazz label ENJA Records.
A current production by Stefan Schulz will be released in November 2023, will only be available as a CD and can be ordered in the Berliner Philharmoniker shop.
Stefan Schulz plays exclusively on Shires instruments.