Florian Donderer

May 04, 2011 

Florian Donderer received his first musical training with Myrna Nordstrom and Bernhard Hartog in Berlin. After further studies under David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he completed his training in Berlin with Thomas Brandis, whose assistant he was for many years. He was a scholarship holder at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Former concertmaster of the Ensemble Oriol Berlin he was leading the Kammerakademie Potsdam from 2001 to 2004 and was professor of violin at the North Netherlands Conservatory in Groningen from 2002 to 2008. Florian Donderer is currently concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

A major focus of his musical career has been his work with chamber orchestras. Florian Donderer is highly esteemed both as an artistic director, leading from the concertmaster’s desk, and as a conductor, collaborating with such outstanding soloists as Lisa Batiashvili, Christiane Oelze, Hélène Grimaud, Lars Vogt, and David Fray.

Florian Donderer is an enthusiastic chamber musician. He regularly performs with his partner, Tanja Tetzlaff, her brother, Christian Tetzlaff, and other musician friends. He has appeared at major festivals, such as the Cologne Music Triennale, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Berlin’s Ultraschall Festival, the Ultima Festival in Oslo, the Vestfold Festival in Tonsberg, Norway, and Helsinki’s Early Music Week, and is a frequent guest at Lars Vogt’s Spannungen Festival in Heimbach, Germany.

Florian Donderer’s CD releases include a recording of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen for OehmsClassics, on which he directs the Kammerakademie Potsdam. The PentaTone CD of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, conducted by Paavo Järvi, was released to critical acclaim. His next CD release will feature Ernst Toch’s Cello Concerto, with Tanja Tetzlaff as soloist and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Florian Donderer.


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