He will step down as Concertmaster at the end of the 2012/13 season
Guy Braunstein, who has for the past twelve years been Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, has announced that he will step down from this position at the end of the 2012/13 season in order to pursue a solo career.
“The decision to leave my orchestra has been a long and painful one. I have loved working with Sir Simon Rattle and my esteemed colleagues in Berlin, but my original training was as a solo violinist and it is difficult to manage both!” says Braunstein.
His extraordinary musicianship has been heralded equally as a soloist with the world’s major orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the Filharmonica della Scala, as a chamber musician and, more recently, he has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor. On the concert platform he has collaborated with musicians such as Isaac Stern, Andras Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Mitsuko Uchida, Pierre-Laurant Aimard and Maurizio Pollini among others. He also enjoys a special working relationship with Daniel Barenboim both as a soloist and in recital.
Guy is currently artist-in-residence with the Hamburger Symphoniker, an extensive project which has included a ten-concert tour of the US, play & conduct concerts, recitals with Hélène Grimaud and Ohad Ben Ari and several chamber concerts with colleagues from Berlin and Hamburg.
Since 2006 he has been the Music Director of Rolandseck Chamber Music Festival in Germany where he has welcomed international stars such as Emmanuel Pahud, Yuja Wang, François Leleux and Angelika Kirschlager.
Find out more information about Guy and his eclectic musical activities here.