Philipp Bohnen received the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival’s NORDMETALL Ensemble Prize in 2011. He was born in Kiel in 1983 and was five when he received his first violin lessons. In 1991 he became a pupil of Vesselin Parashkevov, who three years later enrolled him in his class at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. In 1999 he transferred to the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, where he studied initially with Stephan Picard, later with Antje Weithaas and where he was awarded a diploma and passed his concert examination. Among the musicians with whom he worked during this time were Gidon Kremer, Tabea Zimmermann, Igor Ozim and Reinhard Goebel. The recipient of a scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, he was soon appearing in public as a chamber recitalist and as a soloist in Europe, America and Asia. He has been a member of the Berlin Phil- harmonic since 2008 and has taught at the Rostock Academy of Music and Theatre since 2017.

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