After studying in Berlin, Chicago and Hannover, Kilian Herold won the audition for Principal Clarinet of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in 2004, at the young age of 23.
Ever since then, his fine playing has been featured on many CD and DVD recordings made by that renowned chamber orchestra (for instance , the Beethoven and Schumann symphony cycles with Paavo Järvi), and also in their live performances in Germany and abroad.
Kilian Herold was early successful in a number of competitions and selected for scholarships by the Cusanus Foundation and the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat).
He has performed as solo clarinetist with a series of renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Dresden Philharmoniker and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Daniel Harding, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt and Valerie Gergiev. His impassioned chamber music and solo performances have thrilled festival audiences at Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein and the Baden-Baden International Brahms Festival, along with further recitals all over Europe, in South America, India and Japan.
In April 2010 Kilian Herold performed in the opening concert of the International Schumannfest in Düsseldorf along with Thomas Hampson. He was playing the Solo-part of Weber’s second clarinet concerto accompanied by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
In 2011 he became the new Principal Clarinet of the Freiburg/Baden-Baden Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In autumn 2012 his new CD with works by Brahms and Comtemporaries recorded with pianist Amir Katz was released by Avi-Music.