Where do you study?

Universität der Künste Berlin, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

Member of other orchestras or institutions: I am not a permanent member, but I do play as a substitute in various orchestras, a.o. substitute concertmaster at the Komische Oper Berlin, concertmaster at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Kammerakademie Potsdam.

What do you like to do when you are not playing music?

Hiking in the mountains.

At what age did you start playing your instrument?

After successfully bugging my parents for a year and a half that I wanted to play the violin, I finally started at the age of 5.

What was the most exciting concert you ever performed?

I once had to turn pages for the pianists through a Mendelssohn symphony arranged for violin, cello and four hands-piano. Ever since I don’t stress anymore when it comes to turning pages for pianists ;-).

What was the most awkward moment in your career?

I once had a very strange gig, during which we recorded the film music for a TV thriller that was definitely bad and boring. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I got on a little too well with my desk partner: we had to laugh incredibly at the smallest and actually most unamusing incidents – and if you’re not allowed to laugh, it only gets a lot worse. In the end the whole orchestra had to re-record two numbers because of us…

What is your favourite piece of classical music?

„An Alpine Symphony“ by Richard Strauss and Max Bruch’s String Octet.

How did the last two Corona years influence your musical development?

Lots of time to practise and do things you’ve never done before: in the summer of 2020, I walked from Munich to Venice in 5 weeks. After that I founded my piano trio (Arion Piano Trio), won 3rd prize at my first international solo competition and became deputy concertmaster of the Komische Oper Berlin for a few months :-).

Which famous person would you like to have dinner with (from the past or the present)?

Alan Rickman