Grown up in Rödermark near Frankfurt, Jürgen Franz got his first lessons in the age of 12. He was a «young-student» in the Dr. Hoch's Conservatory Frankfurt and started his studies at the Musical Unsiversity Frankfurt. Jürgen Franz changed to Stuttgart where he studied with Jean Claude Gérard. Further studies brought him to Maxence Larrieu and James Galway who had both a great influence on Jürgen Franz.
Jürgen Franz became a member of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra and played the first flute in the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Since August 2000 he is a member of the radio orchestra NDR in Hamburg with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Günter Wand, Christoph von Dohnany, Thomas Hengelbrock.
Jürgen Franz plays also Soloflute as a guest in the philharmonic orchetsra from «La Scala di Milano» with conductors like M. Rostropowitsch, Ricardo Muti and Charles Dutoit.
The Flutist also was a member of the Richard Wagner Festivalorchestra in Bayreuth with Conductors like Christian Thielemann. Lorin Maazel invited Jürgen Franz to play as soloflutist with the orchestra «Symphonica Toscanini» and than he played regular with this orchestra on tours all over europe.
He has been a guest in CD and radio productions and as a soloist, he toured through Germany, France, Japan, Estland the USA and Switzerland.
He plays concerts with Maxence Larrieu, Davide Formisano, Hening Lucius and is a frequently seen guest at the European flute festivals. He has played all sorts of solo and chamber music literature, mostly with guitar, piano, organ, strings and orchestra.
His Solo CD´s are highly recommend by musicans like Jean Michel Damase or Sir James Galway:
«This CD (European Recital) is one of the most interesting to be issued for a long time. The repertoire is very attractive. It is very well recorded and the playing is of the highest standard. A pleasure to listen to.»
As a teacher Jürgen Franz is Professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Hamburger Konservatorium. He teaches masterclasses in Germany, China, Spain, USA and Japan.
Since 2013 he is a Haynes Artist and plays a 19,5 kt all Gold Flute.