Since his success at the ARD International Music Competition in 1986 Reinhold Friedrich has been a prolific performer on major stages around the world such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic. As a soloist, Reinhold Friedrich performes both on modern and historic keyed trumpet with renowned ensembles such as the Bamberger and Wiener Symphoniker, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Barock Solisten and the Cappella Andrea Barca; conducted amongst others by Sir András Schiff, Reinhard Goebel, Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Semyon Bychkov, Michael Gielen, Adam Fischer and Vladimir Fedossejev.
From 1983 to 1999 Reinhold Friedrich held the position of solo trumpeter at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt. He is a permanent solo trumpeter of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since the new foundation under Claudio Abbado, now Riccardo Chailly, and he is artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble. Reinhold Friedrich is a professor of trumpet at Karlsruhe University of Music, honorary professor at the The Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid as well as a sought-after lecturer for masterclasses all over the world.
In the course of his involvement with contemporary compositions, he premiered a large number of significant works including pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis and Peter Eötvös. Numerous CD recordings on labels such as DG, Capriccio, MDG and Sony, of which many were honoured with renowned awards (Echo Klassik) document his multifaceted work.