passionate orchestra player


“The decision to become a musician has a lot to do with the fact that it never stops being exciting. There are so many areas in which one can be active.”

Hörbeispiele aus dem 38. rbb-Kinderkonzert mit dem DSO Berlin

One of the primary inspirations for me to become a musician

was the early experience in my youth orchestra. I began playing in the Upper Franconia Youth Orchestra when I was 12 years old. The wonderful, challenging literature won over my heart, even when the final performances certainly often left a lot to be desired. Of course, the friendships that emerged during these orchestral phases were an essential part of the experience. Together we sight-read quartet music until late into the night. I was also blessed to have had a teacher in Gerhart Hetzel (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic), who understood how to communicate his love of the great orchestral literature.

At 16, as a young student at the Vienna Music Academy, performing Brahms’ first symphony at the Musikverein totally sparked my passion. For many years now, I have been serving as a section leader in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and I consider this a great privilege.

The collaboration with wonderful colleagues in this versatile and flexible orchestra, whether with inspiring conductors or in our excellent chamber music series has never ceased to excite me. The tasks are varied, from the large symphony concerts to our guest residencies with opera productions at festivals in Salzburg, Paris and Baden-Baden, children’s concerts, casual concerts, etc.

I also like to get involved in our orchestral academy and have co-founded a chamber music project at schools in Berlin, where DSO musicians both coach and perform chamber music with students at Berlin high schools.