Florian Donderer

Violin · concertmaster

Florian Donderer studied in Berlin and London and was an assistant to Prof. Thomas Brandis at the University of the Arts in Berlin. During his studies he was a scholarship student at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a long-standing member of the Ensemble Oriol Berlin, where he was concertmaster and a soloist. He has been concertmaster of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen since 1999, where he has made a name for himself by directing from the concertmaster’s desk. Other orchestras to draw on his skill as artistic director and conductor include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Filharmoonia Tallin and the Camerata Bern.

Florian Donderer is also a frequent guest, as a chamber musician and soloist, at important festivals worldwide, such as the Järvi Festival in Tallin, the Ultima Festival in Oslo, the Helsinki Early Music Week, the Musik Triennale in Cologne, as well as the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach.

As a pupil of Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Leonid Grin, he is also increasingly in demand as a conductor. He made his debut as a conductor with the Ensemble Oriol and the soprano Christiane Oelze at a concert in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. This was followed by a CD recording with The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen and Tanja Tetzlaff. In Bremen, Florian Donderer is also Artistic Director of the chamber music series residenz@sendesaal, in the Sendesaal Bremen. With so many music activities does he have any time for leisure pursuits?

The violinist and conductor simply combines the two: whenever he’s on tour he tries to ride a bike as much as he can. »If I didn’t play the violin, I’d be running a cycle shop …«