Astrid Kumkar (*1996) was born in Langenthal (Switzerland) and received her first violin lessons aged 5. She later studied with – among others – Midori Seiler, Andreas Lehman and Sönke Reger at the Franz Liszt Music College Weimar.
As well as winning a number of prizes in competitions such as the national Jugend Musiziert competition, the international Szymon Goldberg Award and also the 2016 Lions Musikpreis, this young violinist has also been also awarded a Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholarship. She is a member of both the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and of the Gaechinger Cantorey. As concertmaster, she has performed with renowned conductors such as Jonathan Nott, Sebastian Weigle and Michael Sanderling, and has already given many solo as well as chamber music performances at festivals such as the Niedersächsische Music Festival, the Fasch Festival and the Usedom Music Festival.