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Prof. Kolja Blacher

  • Born in Berlin
  • Violin studies at Juilliard School of Music New York with Dorothy DeLay, subsequently with Sander Vegh in Salzburg
  • Soloist activities with Berlin, Oslo and Munich philharmonic orchestras, radio symphony orchestras in Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Manchester, Helsinki and Berlin, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Hallé Orchestra Manchester, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Baltimore and London Philharmonic Orchestras
  • Collaboration with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirril Petrenko, Marris Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel, Markus Stenz, Jonathan Nott, Dimitri Kitajenko and Daniel Harding
  • Chamber music with Natalia Gutman, Bruno Canino, Wolfram Christ and a piano trio with Kirril Gerstein and Clemens Hagen
  • From 1993 to 1999, 1st Concertmaster at Berliner Philharmoniker and from 2003 to 2013 at Lucerne Festival under Claudio Abbado
  • Lead-play concerts with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Komische Oper Berlin Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic and Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Numerous CD recordings: concertos by Berg, Stravinsky, Weill, Hindemith, Schumann and Bach as well as sonatas by Bartok, Schumann, Bach, Shostakovich and Weinberg
  • From 1999 to 2009, Professor at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre
  • Since 2009, Professor for Violin at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin