Florian DONDERER (b. 1969, violin, concertmaster of the Estonian Festival Orchestra) 

Florian Donderer is highly appreciated as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra player and concertmaster. He studied in Berlin and London and was an assistant to Prof Thomas Brandis at the University of the Arts in Berlin. During his studies he was a scholarship student at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a long-standing member of Ensemble Oriol Berlin, in which he was both the concertmaster and a soloist. Florian Donderer is first violin of the Signum Quartet, one of the most exciting and outstanding contemporary string quartets. He has been the long-standing concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 1999, and is concertmaster of Estonian Festival Orchestra. He is a versatile musician, highly valued as chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and conductor, collaborating with distinguished musicians such as Paavo Järvi, Steven Isserlis, Lars Vogt, Viktoria Mullova, Elisabeth Leonskaja and his wife and brother in law, Tanja and Christian Tetzlaff. Florian Donderer is a frequent guest at major festivals such as Bergen Festspielen, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Festwochen Berlin, Schwetzinger Festspiele and is core member at Spannungen, which is one of Germany’s most prominent music festivals. Concerts with Signum Quartet have taken him to international podiums from Berlin’s Boulez-Saal and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to London’s Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. 

Florian Donderer is especially renowned as an artistic leader, conducting orchestras from the concertmaster’s desk. Top chamber orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Bern, invite him as director and soloist. He made his debut as conductor with Ensemble Oriol and Christiane Oelze at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, followed by a CD recording with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Tanja Tetzlaff. He has conducted among others the Kammerakademie Neuss, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and Festival Strings Lucerne. He is the artistic director of the chamber music festival of the city of Rottweil, one of Germany’s longest standing festivals. He plays on a violin built by German violin maker Peter Greiner in 2003 and bows by Nico Plog from Antwerp.



BREMEN, 05.11.2015, Florian Donderer leitet Generalprobe in der Glocke © Joerg Sarbach


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