Which instrument do you play at the Kölner Akademie and when did you start playing?
At the Kölner Akademie I play the violin, the instrument that has accompanied me since I was 5 years old.
What brought you to the Kölner Akademie?
I started playing with the Kölner Akademie during my studies because several friends told me about the orchestra. After a break with the orchestra during my studies, I met the conductor of the Cologne Academy, Michael, by chance at a baroque festival and talked to him. That’s how I found my way back to the orchestra relatively spontaneously. Looking back, I am very grateful for the experiences and memories I was able to gather with the orchestra.
In which other orchestras and ensembles do you play?
When I’m not with the Cologne Academy, I mostly play chamber music with my string quartet and make music with various orchestras in Europe.
What do you think distinguishes your work with the Kölner Akademie?
The members of the Cologne Academy bring a versatility to the ensemble that you rarely find. As a result, many new and good ideas often come together.
Of course we play many well-known classical compositions, but we also have the privilege of performing new and interesting pieces that have never been played before.
What do you like to do when you are not making music?
Music and rehearsals often take up a lot of our time. That’s why I always try to find a balance; I like to go hiking and enjoy the peace and quiet that you can only find in nature. Of course, it is most fun when I spend this time with my loved ones. Especially now in winter it is unfortunately often too cold to spend much time outside, so I like to spend the evenings with a good book and a glass of wine.