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The Berliner Philharmoniker

The Berliner Philharmoniker, founded in 1882 as a self-governing body, has long been esteemed as

one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Hans von Bülow, Arthur Nikisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler were the orchestra’s first chief conductors, leaving their distinctive mark on the Berliner Philharmoniker in its early years. In 1955 Herbert von Karajan became the orchestra’s artistic director and, during the ensuing years, worked with the musicians to develop a unique tonal quality and performing style that made the Berliner Philharmoniker famous throughout the world. Claudio Abbado, chief conductor from 1989 to 2002, devised a new type of programming, with increased emphasis on contemporary works, additional chamber music series and concert performances of operas. He was followed by Sir Simon Rattle, who led the orchestra from September 2002 until the end of the 2017/2018 season. During his tenure, the Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker was initiated to ensure that the orchestra reaches a wider and, especially, younger audience. In November 2007, the orchestra and its artistic director Sir Simon Rattle were appointed as UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, the first artistic ensemble to receive this honour.

In 2009, the Digital Concert Hall was launched, an innovative video platform in which concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker are broadcast live over the Internet and are available as recordings in the video archive. In 2014 the orchestra founded its own label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings.

During an orchestra assembly on 21 June 2015, Kirill Petrenko was elected by a large majority of the orchestra members as the new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He takes up his position at the opening of the 2019/2020 season.

The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation enjoys the generous support of the state of Berlin, the Federal Government and its principal sponsor, the Deutsche Bank.

 

FIRST VIOLINS

Noah Bendix-Balgley
1st Concertmaster

Daishin Kashimoto
1st Concertmaster

Daniel Stabrawa
1st Concertmaster

Krzysztof Polonek
Concertmaster

Zoltán Almási

Maja Avramović

Helena Madoka Berg

Simon Bernardini

Alessandro Cappone

Madeleine Carruzzo

Aline Champion-Hennecka

Luiz Felipe Coelho

Laurentius Dinca

Luis Esnaola

Sebastian Heesch

Aleksandar Ivić

Hande Küden

Rüdiger Liebermann

Kotowa Machida

Alvaro Parra

Bastian Schäfer

Dorian Xhoxhi

SECOND VIOLINS

Thomas Timm
1st Principal

Christophe Horák
Principal

Philipp Bohnen

Stanley Dodds

Cornelia Gartemann

Amadeus Heutling
Marlene Ito

Angelo de Leo

Anna Mehlin

Christoph von der Nahmer

Raimar Orlovsky

Simon Roturier

Bettina Sartorius

Rachel Schmidt

Armin Schubert

Stephan Schulze

Christoph Streuli

Eva-Maria Tomasi

Romano Tommasini

VIOLAS

Amihai Grosz
1st Principal

Naoko Shimizu
Principal

Micha Afkham

Julia Gartemann

Matthew Hunter

Ulrich Knörzer

Sebastian Krunnies

Walter Küssner

Ignacy Miecznikowski

Martin von der Nahmer

Allan Nilles

Kyoungmin Park

Joaquín Riquelme García

Martin Stegner

Wolfgang Talirz

CELLOS

Bruno Delepelaire
1st Principal

Ludwig Quandt
1st Principal

Martin Löhr
Principal

Olaf Maninger
Principal

Richard Duven

Rachel Helleur-Simcock

Christoph Igelbrink

Solène Kermarrec

Stephan Koncz

Martin Menking

David Riniker

Nikolaus Römisch

Dietmar Schwalke

Knut Weber

DOUBLE BASSES

Matthew McDonald
1st Principal

Janne Saksala
1st Principal

Esko Laine
Principal

Martin Heinze

Michael Karg

Stanisław Pajak

Peter Riegelbauer

Edicson Ruiz

Gunars Upatnieks

Janusz Widzyk

Ulrich Wolff

 

FLUTES

Mathieu Dufour
PrincipalEmmanuel Pahud
Principal

Michael Hasel

Jelka Weber

Egor Egorkin
Piccolo

OBOES

Jonathan Kelly
Principal

Albrecht Mayer
Principal

Christoph Hartmann

Andreas Wittmann

Dominik Wollenweber

English Horn

CLARINETS

Wenzel Fuchs
Principal

Andreas Ottensamer
Principal

Alexander Bader

Walter Seyfarth

Manfred Preis
Bass Clarinet

BASSOONS

Daniele Damiano
Principal

Stefan Schweigert
Principal

Mor Biron

Markus Weidmann

Václav Vonášek
Contra Bassoon

HORNS

Stefan Dohr
Principal

Stefan de Leval Jezierski

Georg Schreckenberger

Sarah Willis

Andrej Žust

TRUMPETS

Guillaume Jehl
Principal

Andre Schoch

Tamás Velenczei

TROMBONES

Christhard Gössling
Principal

Olaf Ott
Principal

Jesper Busk Sørensen

Thomas Leyendecker

Stefan Schulz
Bass Trombone

TUBA

Alexander von Puttkamer

TIMPANI

Benjamin Forster

Wieland Welzel

PERCUSSION

Raphael Haeger

Simon Rössler

Franz Schindlbeck

Jan Schlichte

HARP

Marie-Pierre Langlamet

CHAIRMEN

Alexander Bader
Knut Weber

MEDIA CHAIRMEN

Stanley Dodds

Olaf Maninger

 

(updated July 2019)