Antje Weithaas


Antje Weithaas, who was born in Guben in Brandenburg, Germany, began playing the violin at the age of four. She completed her studies with Werner Scholz at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987, the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, and, in 1991, the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover. Since then she has performed as a soloist with many acclaimed orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Bamberg Symphony. Such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Sir Neville Marriner, and Sakari Oramo have numbered among her partners at the podium. Currently Antje Weithaas also works closely with the Potsdam Chamber Academy under Antonello Manacorda. Since 2009 she has been Artistic Director of the Camerata Bern, with whom she even performs such larger-scale works as the symphonies of Beethoven, conducting from the concertmaster position. Chamber music has always been a focus of Antje Weithaas’ work. Together with Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, she founded the Arcanto Quartet in 2002, with whom she has toured to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as well as to Japan, Israel, and North America. She has recorded works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy, Schubert, and Mozart with the Arcanto Quartet; in the current season she is performing as the soloist in the Schumann Violin Concerto and, together with Maximilian Hornung, the Brahms Double Concerto. Since 2004 Antje Weithaas has been teaching at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1989 with the Ex-Aequo Trio in a program of works by Beethoven, Juon, and Shostakovich.