Barbara Kummer-Buchberger became a member of the Young German Philharmonic in 1981 and was thus one of the first members of the chamber orchestra, the precursor to The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She began her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main, continued at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and graduated with a concert recital in Berlin. She was sponsored by the German National Academic Foundation and the DAAD, and received the Maurice Warshaw Prize and the Premier Prix in London.
Barbara Kummer-Buchberger has taught violin and violin pedagogy at Dr Hoch’s Conservatory music academy in Frankfurt for 25 years and directs the Conservatory orchestra. She also had a teaching assignment for orchestra conducting and violin pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt. As a chamber music partner for concerts and radio recordings, she regularly plays with the Mutare Ensemble.
Barbara Kummer-Buchberger is married to dramaturgist Stephan Buchberger and has three children. She likes to spend her free time skiing and climbing in the French Alps.
What she finds invaluable about the way The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is organized and works is that it allows her to combine family and a professional career in two cities.