I grew up in Germany, near Cologne, and I was given a violin at the age of 5. I studied violin in Cologne from 1991 to 1998, and in Copenhagen in 1996/7.

Inspiring teachers were: Claudia Susanne Hohorst, Essen, who showed me "the road to take" before my studies. I owe her and Prof. Gorjan Košuta a sound and substantial education on my instrument, Prof. Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider in Copenhagen and Prof. Nora Chastain in Winterthur a fresh perspective on it. In 2012 and 2013, Prof. Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet opened up an incredibly exciting view of Viennese classical music for me and my colleagues from the Trio Oreade, which steered my way of thinking about music in unconventional and incredibly lively directions.

I have been a member of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich since 1998, until 2003 as 2nd violinist, since then as violist. There are several reasons why I switched to the viola. One thing is for sure: when I began to seriously study this instrument, I didn't want to go back to the violin. Marius Ungureanu and Judith Horvath in particular supported me when I made the switch.

Chamber music has been a revelation for me for the past 8 years. There is nothing I love more than digging in to a piece and working out a gripping interpretation. It makes me happy that I've been able to experience this again and again in the Trio Oreade since 2012. Trio Oreade has won several 1st prizes in chamber music competitions and released two CDs.
It is very important to me to develop refined programmes that surprise the audience with a lot of personal address and unusual contexts.

Foto: Kaupo Kikkas