In addition to working with international soloists such as Holly Hyun Choe, Karsu, Eímear Noone, Olga Pashchenko,
Lise de la Salle, Esther Schweins, Götz Alsmann, Gábor Boldoczki, Matthias Brandt, Daniel Müller-Schott and Sergei Nakariakov, the focus of the work is on the development of historical repertoire in the Hofkapelle series, on intercultural projects and participatory and educational concerts. Unusual concert formats have been tried out and lively and contemporary ways of communicating artistic content have been sought together with cooperation partners such as the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, the University of Bonn, the Bonn Theatre and Deutsche Telekom AG.
In the past, the orchestra’s work has been exemplified by extraordinary concert projects and various prize-winning recordings, such as the opera Irrelohe by Franz Schreker. The first joint production of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn with Dirk Kaftan, Beethoven’s Egmont, was highly praised by critics and awarded the OPUS KLASSIK in 2020. In 2021, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn recorded the CD Alles Tutti! together with the Kölsch rock band Brings under the direction of Dirk Kaftan.
The orchestra’s history dates back to 1907, when the Beethoven city got an orchestra again after the dissolution of the court orchestra in 1794. Conductors such as Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Dennis Russell Davies, Marc Soustrot and Kurt Masur established the orchestra in the top class of orchestras in Germany. Since the beginning of the 2017 / 2018 season, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn has been under the direction of Before that, Stefan Blunier and Christof Prick were in charge.
Successful concerts and guest performances far beyond the borders of Germany contributed to the orchestra’s good reputation. During the Corona pandemic, the orchestra musicians were involved in various social areas: they performed concerts in their free time in front of and in senior citizens‘, nursing homes and children’s homes, helped run the Bonn Vaccination Centre and streamed numerous concerts. In addition, various digital formats for children, students and adults were created to bring hope and joy through music during the »shutdowns«.
At the beginning of 2021, the Beethoven Orchestra was appointed as a United Nations Climate Change Goodwill Ambassador by the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC). This enables the orchestra to develop new forms of sustainable cultural work in the spirit of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals together with the Climate Secretariat. In the summer of 2021, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn was awarded the European Cultural Prize for, among other things, »its participatory concepts and the ambition to set out for new musical shores with the audience and its namesake Beethoven«.
After his first violin lessons in Moscow, Mikhail Ovrutsky studied from 1991 in New York at the Manhattan School, then with Dorothy DeLay at the Juillard School. His path was then paved by lessons with Zakhar Bron in Cologne. Ovrutsky won numerous prizes, including at the Tchaikovsky Competition. His success at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2005 was decisive, and he has played as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de France, and many others. The violinist's repertoire is vast, ranging from the Baroque to the modern, both as a soloist and in chamber music. He has performed and continues to perform with partners* such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, David Geringas, Christian Zacharias and Jan Vogler. Several CD recordings have been well received by audiences and critics.
Born in 1985 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, violinist Artur Chermonov received his first lessons at the age of five. In 1995 he moved to Moscow, and from 2003 to 2012 he studied with Zakhar Bron in Cologne. The young violinist received several scholarships and won prizes at various competitions, e.g. in Lisbon, Gorizia and at the Prague Spring Festival. Artur Chermonov performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in many European countries, the USA and Japan. He has collaborated with Natalia Gutman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Frans Helmerson, Radovan Vlatkovic and Yo Yo Ma, among others. In addition, the violinist has been concertmaster of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 2012, a scholarship holder of the International Charity Foundation New Names in Moscow and the International Charity Foundation of Vladimir Spivako.
The Ensemble van Beethoven celebrated its 30th stage anniversary in 2022. It is composed of members of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn and was founded in 1992 by its primarius Wolfram Lehnert as an ensemble for mixed chamber music instrumentations. Its repertoire of now over 100 chamber works includes instrumentations from quartet to nonet, but sometimes up to 14-instrument ensembles or works such as Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks with 15 solo instruments. Wolfram Lehnert has brought many forgotten works to the stage through his library research with the ensemble, and for 30 years has been designing unusual programs that tell musical stories. With founding members, he initiated the Bonn Ferdinand Ries Society, and for 18 years the ensemble has performed works by Ferdinand Ries in its annual concerts. Guest concerts have taken the Ensemble van Beethoven throughout Germany, to the Netherlands and to Spain. Since 2003, the ensemble has had its own concert series, «Klassik in der Scheune», in the tithe barn of the former Heisterbach Abbey in Königswinter. One of the ensembles specialties is performing Beethoven's symphonies 1-8 in arrangements from Beethoven's time for septet, nonet or octet. Many of these were authorized by Beethoven and he also gave them away to friends in Vienna. This «orchestre en miniature» creates an intimacy and colorfulness in these concerts that makes the listening experience very different from the large orchestral sound. The main commitment of the Ensemble van Beethoven will continue to be the performance of unknown or forgotten works, with the aim of bringing them back into the light and appreciating their value in music history.
Theresia Veale received her first violin lessons from Erna Honigberger. She studied at the Musikhochschule Winterthur, where she graduated with distinction in the class of Carl Flesch student Aida Stucki. She received further musical inspiration from Henryk Szeryng and Franco Gulli. Before joining the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn in 1994, she gained orchestral experience in the 1st violin section of the Collegium Musicum Zürich under Paul Sacher and in the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra. Among others, she was a member of the Ars Amata Zurich for many years.
Sonja Wiedebusch was born in Cologne in 1975 and received her first violin lessons at the age of seven at the Rheinische Musikschule. At the age of sixteen, she became a junior student at the Cologne Academy of Music with Prof. Gorjan Košuta, where she continued her studies after graduating from high school in 1994 and graduated with a concert exam in 2003. An eight-time winner of the «Jugend musiziert» competition, she has played in the German National Youth Orchestra, EU Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra under such distinguished conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Rudolf Barshai, Bernard Haitink, Iván Fischer and Claudio Abbado. Since 2007 she has been a member of the first violins in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Since October 2016 Sonja Wiedebusch has a teaching position for violin at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.
Born in Italy, the violinist studied in Mannheim with Marco Rizzi and graduated with the concert exam. He attended master classes with Salvatore Accardo, Rainer Kussmaul, András Schiff and the Tokyo String Quartet. He is a prizewinner of the Brahms Chamber Music Competition. Before joining the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, he was a member of the EUYO and the Mahler Youth Orchestra with concerts conducted by Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel and Bernhard Haitink, among others.
The Russian-born violinist studied in Tel Aviv and Hanover. He also received inspiration from Itzhak Perlman, Zahkar Bron and Ida Haendel. Since 2010 he has been a member of the 1st violins of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, before which he had been with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and as 1st concertmaster in Coburg, among others. He won prizes at competitions in Tel Aviv and played as a soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Susanne Salbego was an early student at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. At Jugend musiziert she was regularly awarded first prizes both in chamber music and in the competition for violin solo, most recently in 2004 with the 1st national prize. Parallel to her training, she gained experience first in the Baden-Württemberg State Youth Orchestra (concertmaster), the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she graduated with honors from the master's program and has since been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
The Lithuanian violinist began her musical career at the National School of Arts M.K. iurlionis, later at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. While still a student, she was engaged by Gidon Kremer as an ensemble member of the Kremerata Baltica. From 2010 to 2012 she completed her training with Boris Garlitsky in Hamburg and Essen. Ieva Andreeva has won prizes at national and international competitions, most recently at the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg in 2011. She has performed as a soloist with the Kremerata Baltica, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Victoria Gusachenko was born in Kiev (Ukraine). She studied first in Kharkiv, then in Moscow at the Central Special School of Music and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Eduard Grach. In 2011, she received a scholarship from the «London Gates Education Group» to study at the Royal Academy, after which she began studying in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, where she completed her concert exam in June 2022. She has won various international prizes, including at the Anton Rubinstein Academy and the Dubai Music Competition. She has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 2017. For several years she has played in a duo with her sister Galyna, and performs as a soloist throughout Europe.
At the age of seven, Mladen Drenic (*1989 in Zajecar in Serbia) began to play the violin and became a prize winner of the Federal Republic Competition there in the same year. He studied in Ćuprija, then with Maria Spengler in Belgrade. He also attended master classes with Pavel Vernikov, Igor Ozim and David Takeno, among others. From 2008 to 2015 he was with the National Theater Belgrade, and after two years with the Essen Philharmonic, he has been a permanent member of the first violins in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 2017.
Anna Putnikova received her first violin lessons in Moscow at the age of five, and from 2008 she studied there at the Gnessin Institute with Maxim Fedotov. In 2011 she moved to the class of Roman Nodel at the Musikhochschule Mannheim. Anna Putnikova played as a soloist among others, with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater Moscow. From 2014-2016 she was an academist with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg. Since 2017 Anna Putnikova has been playing in the 1st violins in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. In addition to her orchestral activities, she is particularly interested in chamber music.
Maria Geißler received her first violin lessons at the age of five in her native Dresden, where she later studied. She then went to Boston to study with Roman Totenberg and to the master class of Waleri Gradow in Mannheim. She attended numerous courses, including those with Rainer Kussmaul and Igor Ozim. As a soloist she has already performed with the Philharmonic Orchestras in Riesa, Görlitz and Baden-Baden. She gained orchestral experience in Ludwigshafen, Dresden and Leipzig, among others. Since 2009 Maria Geißler has been principal second violin with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Melanie Torres-Meißner studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Glenn Dicterow. She then took her concert exam at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt with Walter Forchert in 1999. In 1996 and 1997 she was concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and deputy concertmaster of the International Bach Academy. Since 1999 she has been deputy principal of the 2nd violins in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Keunah Park was born in Seoul, Korea. She studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, then at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Royal College of Music in London with the teachers Jascha Brodsky, Sándor Végh and Rodney Friend. She won the first prize at the «International Competition in Gorizia», the «Bach Prize» and the «Quartet Prize» of the Royal College of Music. Keunah Park gained her orchestral experience with the Camerata Salzburg and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. She has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 2001.
Dorothea Stepp first studied in Hanover, then in Berlin with Antje Weithaas. She has won various international prizes and performs throughout Europe. Dorothea Stepp was an academy member of the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin before joining the Beethoven Orchestra as principal second violin.
Ulrich Hartmann studied with Prof. Jürgen Kussmaul in Düsseldorf. After his concert exam he became principal violist of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1994 he moved to the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn in the same position. In addition to his activities as an orchestral musician, he devotes himself with preference to chamber music. He was a member of the César Franck Quartet and the Ludwig Quartet, the Malvin Piano Quartet, the Bonn String Trio and the Düsseldorf Viola Quartet, for which composers such as Jürg Baur and Violeta Dinescu have composed. With the pianist Heinz Walter Florin he forms a duo, also with violin and piano, which deals mainly with «miniature rarities» of the first half of the 20th century.
Susanne Roehrig was born in Frankfurt/Oder and received her first violin lessons at the age of five. In 1982 she was accepted at the Berlin Special School of Music, and in 1986 she began her viola studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music as a young student. Early on, her playing received several awards, followed by offers for an SFB production and solo concert appearances, including with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. She won the Ferenc Fricsay Prize in 1993 and was a prize-winner in several other competitions. During her studies, Susanne Roehrig played in various chamber music ensembles and gained her first experience in Berlin orchestras. She then held her first permanent positions in Dresden and Geneva. In 1998 she took up her position as principal viola with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Since then she has been active as a soloist both here and in other orchestras.
Anna Krimm studied with Johannes Lüthy, Hartmut Rohde and Tabea Zimmermann as well as baroque viola with Midori Seiler. She performs at renowned festivals with the ensemble Spira Mirabilis and plays as a guest with orchestras throughout Europe. She is deputy principal viola of the Beethoven Orchestra.
Tigran Sudzhijants has Armenian roots and was born in Moscow in 1989. While still at school, he won several prizes at international competitions for children, both as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles. He then switched to the viola and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory, at the same time already working in a professional orchestra. He then continued his studies with Alexander Zemtsov (now Alexander Gordon) at the Cologne Conservatory. Prior to the position in Bonn, he was principal violist with the Oldenburg State Orchestra for five years.
Martin Wandel, born in Santiago de Chile, received his first violin lessons at the age of seven in Kempten in the Allgäu. Early on he devoted himself very successfully to the viola and won several prizes in the national competition «Jugend musiziert». After graduating from high school, he first began studying the violin in Würzburg with Conrad von der Goltz, then finally switched to the viola and went to the Munich Academy of Music to study with Hariolf Schlichtig. He supplemented his training on courses with Bruno Giuranna and Thomas Riebel as well as with the Melos Quartet in Stuttgart. In his free time he has always played chamber music intensively. In 1989 he founded the Rodin Quartet in Munich with fellow students, with whom he has had his own concert series at the Munich Residence since 1996. Chamber music partners such as Sharon Kam, Eduard Brunner and Wen-Sinn Yang are welcome guests there. Radio recordings and numerous CD recordings round off this ongoing commitment. Since 1993 Martin Wandel has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, since 1994 as principal viola.
Susanne Dürmeyer completed her studies in Stuttgart with Enrique Santiago and in Berlin with Wolfram Christ, where she graduated with an artistic diploma with distinction. She has played in various chamber music formations, including at the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele, Musikfest Stuttgart, Musikfest Berlin and in projects under the auspices of the Karajan Foundation. Orchestral experience at the Stuttgart State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic. She has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 1993.
Born in Rösrath, Thomas Plümacher received his first violin lessons from his father. At the age of 16 he switched to the viola. He studied at the Academy of Music in Cologne in the class of Rainer Moog, supplemented by chamber music lessons with the Amadeus Quartet and master classes with Jürgen Kussmaul, Hariolf Schlichtig, Eberhard Feltz and the Melos Quartet, among others. In 1990 he became a member of the orchestra in Mainz, and since 1993 he has been active in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. In addition to orchestral work, chamber music in a wide variety of constellations is his musical focus.
Christian Fischer, born in Rostock in 1966, began his studies in Leipzig in 1988 with Klaus Schwenke and moved to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich in 1990. He gained chamber music experience in the string quartet class of Karl Suske (Gewandhausquartett). Contracts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra preceded his engagement with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Cellist Grigory Alumyan studied in his native Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in Karlsruhe with Martin Ostertag. He has already performed at numerous festivals and given concerts in halls such as the Brucknerhaus Linz, in Vienna, at the Moscow Conservatory and at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and has played with distinguished artists such as Martha Argerich. Since 2004 he has been principal cellist with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Grigory Alumyan won numerous prizes, e.g. the 3rd prize in Markneukirchen and the 1st prize at the Swedish International Duo Competition. He has recorded a CD with sonatas by Bach, Britten and Franck and is a member of the Beethoven Trio Bonn.
Se-Eun Hyun was born in South Korea in 1990. She studied in Seoul and then in Saarbrücken with Gustav Rivinius, where she passed her concert exam with distinction. She attended master classes with Yo-Yo Ma and Menahem Pressler, among others. As a soloist she has already performed with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic and numerous orchestras in South Korea. Se-Eun Hyun has received various national and international awards and is also a scholarship holder at the Carl Flesch Academy. After engagements in Saarbrücken and Munich, she has been deputy principal cellist of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 2017.
Markus Fassbender studied in Essen with Christoph Richter, then with Ksenija Jankovic at the Musikhochschule Würzburg. He also took lessons with David Waterman (Endellion String Quartet) and attended the Sandór Végh Academy in Prague, as well as master classes with Harvey Shapiro, Walter Levin, David Alberman, Rainer Schmidt, Ralph Kirshbaum, Boris Pergamenschikow, and the Alban Berg, Cherubini, Cleveland and Arditti Quartets. Since 2000/2001 he has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Johannes Rapp began his cello studies at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Rudolf Gleisner. He earned his soloist diploma at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Arto Noras and completed his studies at the Basel Conservatory with Thomas Demenga. He received further inspiration from Mischa Maisky, Ralf Kirshbaum and Peter Buck, among others. After his first orchestral activities with the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, he became a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn in 1997.
After studying with Martin Ostertag in Karlsruhe, she studied with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin, then in the soloist class of Thomas Demenga in Basel. She took part in master classes with William Pleeth, Daniel Shafran and David Geringas, was a scholarship holder of the «Villa musica» and played in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as well as in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Since 2003 she has been a cellist in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Ines Altmann, born and raised in Dresden, received her first cello lessons at the age of four. After attending the Saxon Special School of Music in Dresden, she studied in Dresden, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart with Prof.Peter Bruns, Prof.Martin Ostertag and Prof.Rudolf Gleißner. She gained her first orchestral experience in the LJO-Saxony and BJO. At the beginning of her studies she was a substitute in the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and played in various opera symphony and chamber orchestras throughout her studies. Ines Altmann has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 2005.
Lena Wignjosaputro-Ovrutsky is a prize winner of numerous national and international music competitions. The cellist studied in Cologne with Claus Kanngiesser and Frans Helmerson and completed a master's degree in chamber music with the Alban Berg Quartet. Her busy concert schedule is documented by radio and CD recordings, and she has been a guest at renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Dresden Music Festival. Since 2012 Lena Wignjosaputro-Ovrutsky has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Born in Krompachy/Slovakia, he studied first in the double bass class of the Conservatory in Kosice and since 2000 at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen (Stefan Adelmann). In 2008 he finished his concert exam with a public solo concert together with the orchestra of the Bremerhaven City Theater. From 2005 he was deputy principal double bass of the Royal Chapel in Copenhagen/Denmark and since 2008 he is engaged as principal double bass in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Besides classical chamber music, he enjoys playing jazz as well as Eastern European and Balkan folklore.
Mattia Riva studied in Reggio Emilia and Munich. He played as a guest in various Italian orchestras and became a member of the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2020. He has been 1st solo double bassist with the Beethoven Orchestra since 2022.
Maren Rabien began her musical education in 1978, initially on the violoncello, before being discovered by the double bass in 1986. She studied from 1988 in Berlin and later in Munich with Klaus Trumpf. Later she was engaged first with the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1999 as principal double bass of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, playing chamber music, salon music and contemporary music intensively. Since 2004 Maren Rabien has been deputy principal double bass in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Frank Geuer, born in Aachen, received his first piano lessons at the age of seven and later switched to the double bass. He was a member of the Bonn Youth Symphony Orchestra, and later also of the NRW State Youth Orchestra. Alongside, he played electric bass in a band. He studied double bass in Cologne, played frequently with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn at that time and took part in courses. In 1998 he went to Ecuador for one year to support the development of the Ecuadorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. After finishing his music studies «with distinction» he was in different orchestras (Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Gürzenich-Orchester). Since 2005 he is engaged in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
The flutist received her first lessons at the age of eight. She graduated with honors from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. She attended numerous master classes, including with Aurèle Nicolet and Emmanuel Pahud. Mariska van der Sande was a scholarship holder of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation/Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has been principal flute of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since January 2002. She was last heard as a soloist with the Beethoven Orchestra in the Hofkapellen concert in March 2022 with a revival of Anton Reicha's Sinfonia concertante.
Julia Bremm was born in Viersen in 1988. After graduating from high school, she studied the flute, firstwith Prof. André Sebald and Prof. Michael Faust at the RSH Düsseldorf, then at the HMDKStuttgart in the class of Prof. Davide Formisano. Already during her studies she wasflutist with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and plays regularly as a guest with thewith the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and the EssenerPhilharmonic Orchestra. Since February 2019 she is 2nd flutist and piccolist with the Beethoven OrchestraBonn. In addition to her orchestral activities, Julia Bremm is involved with herEnsemble OPUS45 and the actor Roman Knižka, she is also active in the field of political education.education. Throughout Germany, they give musical-dramatic concert programs on topics including theNazi resistance as well as on the history and present of right-wing violence in Germany.
Gunde Hamraths first studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Günter Zorn from 1986. This was followed by her studies in Hanover with Klaus Becker, where she passed the orchestra exam in 1992 and the soloist diploma in 1996. She was a scholarship holder of the German Music Competition. As a member of the national selection «Concerts of Young Artists» she gave duo evenings together with Markus Schlemmer and made recordings for the Bavarian and North German Radio. She gained her first orchestral experience in Duisburg and in Marl. Since September 1993 Gunde Hamraths has been solo oboist of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. She was a lecturer at the Musikhochschule Köln/Aachen department and in the summer of 2002 she was principal oboist in the orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival.
Born in Tokyo/Japan, Yamamoto studied in Mannheim with Winfried Liebermann and in Stuttgart with Ingo Goritzki. Further studies led him to Maurice Bourgue in Geneva. His first engagements were with the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Reutlingen and in Karlsruhe. Since 1999 he has been principal oboist of the Beethoven Orchestra and since 2009 he has been a lecturer at the Musikhochschule Köln, Aachen.
Born in 1984 in Bielefeld, clarinettist Hans-Joachim Mohrmann has lived in Bonn since 2011, when he became principal clarinettist in the Beethoven Orchestra. The stages of his education are classical: music school (Georg Stimpfle), studies (Werner Raabe, Hans-Dieter Klaus, Thomas Lindhorst), Orchestra Academy of the Bavarian State Opera. Musical occupation has always been manifold and its mediation on as many levels as possible his goal. Wind coaching, improvisation, jazz/rock, pedagogical music theater and intensive chamber music playing are the focus of his occupation.
Amelie Bertlwieser studied in Würzburg with Manfred Lindner and Ulrich Mehlhart. She was an academy student in Hamburg with the Staatsorchester and in Berlin with the Staatskapelle and the Philharmoniker. Amelie Bertlwieser has been principal clarinettist with the Beethoven Orchestra since the 2021/2022 season.
Florian Gyßling was born in Munich in 1969, began his studies there with Martin Spangenberg and then moved to Hanover to study with Hans Deinzer. He was a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. His first engagement took him to the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, and from 1996 to 1998 he was bass clarinetist in the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne. Since 1999 he has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. In addition to his orchestral activities, he also devotes himself to chamber music in various formations.
After studying at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken with Alfred Rinderspacher, Ludes was engaged as principal bassoonist in the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in 1983. Since 1994 he has held the same position in the Beethoven Orchestra. Since the winter semester of 2006, he has held a professorship at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and is, among other things, a lecturer with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.
Gillian Williams was born in Sydney, Australia and began playing trumpet at the age of eight, later switching to horn. She studied first in Sydney, then in Hanover. She is currently principal horn with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. She previously held positions with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Staatstheater Kassel and the Magdeburg Philharmonic. As a freelancer, Gillian Williams has worked with many orchestras in Australia and Europe, including the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Hanover State Opera and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Gillian Williams has studied with many renowned hornists, including Andrew Bain, Robert Johnson, Tony Buddle and David Thompson, and has been taught by some of the world's foremost hornists.
The principal horn of the Beethoven Orchestra is a native of Seattle. He is a welcome guest with various orchestras in NRW and beyond. He won several prizes early on, both as a soloist (including the ARD Competition) and as a member of the renowned American Horn Quartet. Winter has performed worldwide with major orchestras and is an internationally sought-after lecturer.
José Real Cintero was born in 1992 in Llíria (Spain) and studied first in his hometown and later in Hamburg with Matthias Höfs. He is a laureate of several national Spanish and international competitions, including Monçao (Portugal) and Luzanno (Switzerland). He has played as a guest with numerous major orchestras, such as the Liceu Orchestra of Barcelona, the Essen Philharmonic, the European Union Youth Orchestra and MúsicaAeterna. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Teodor Currentzis and Zubin Mehta. He has performed as a soloist in Europe and Asia and has recorded several CDs. He is deputy principal trumpet of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Bernd Fritz was born in Neckarsulm in 1967. He studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Mannheim from 1989 to 1995. School of Music in Mannheim. From 1991 to 1996 he was deputy principal trumpet with the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker in Mönchengladbach / Karefeld and since 1996 he has been a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Concert tours with the orchestra and other renowned ensembles, such as the NDR and WDR Symphony Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and HR Brass have taken him to many European countries as well as to Japan, Israel and the USA. and the USA.
Oliver Meißner, principal trombonist of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 1998, studied first in Würzburg, then as a DAAD scholarship holder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Eric Crees and Simon Wills. During his orchestral career, he has been a guest with several major orchestras in Germany, including the Munich Philharmonic and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. He has also been a regular guest with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2010. Oliver Meißner is active in various chamber music ensembles. Among other things, he has toured Europe and Asia as a member of the Modern Slide Quartet with the Windsbacher Knabenchor. He holds a lectureship at the University of Music in Tilburg (NL) and was a lecturer for audition training at the Orchesterzentrum NRW.
Christoph Schneider has been the tuba player of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn since 1998. He plays as a guest in numerous renowned symphony orchestras such as the BR Symphonie Orchester, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin and at opera houses such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the Staatstheater Nürnberg. He is also invited by renowned brass formations such as HR brass, World Brass and harmonic brass. He maintains regular chamber music activities with the Munich Tuba Quartet and the Kaiserburg Brass Quintet Nuremberg. Christoph Schneider studied in Munich with Thomas Walsh.
Johanna Welsch became a young student at the conservatory in Munich at the age of 16. She first studied in Berlin with Maria Graf from 2002-2007, and later in Munich in the master class with Cristina Bianchi. She won a first prize at the international competition «Rovere d'oro» in Italy and at the competition of the German Harp Association and already played with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra during her studies. In addition to solo performances and orchestral activities, her great love is chamber music, e.g. in the duo Impression with Mariska van der Sande or in the duo Harbois with oboist Sandra Schumacher.
Daniele Di Renzo
Pedro de Vasconcelos Barreto
Ji Eun Yang
Mariska van der Sande
Eva Maria Thiébaud
Susanne van Zoelen-Lucker
José Real Cintero
Mechthild Bozzetti (speaker)