Artistic Fellows

During the German-Nordic Philharmonic Week the participants receive instrumental coaching by our great teachers. This year we are glad to welcome some new people into the team, as well as welcoming back some old friends from Germany’s best orchestras.


Leon Spierer (violin)
Leon Spierer studied violin with Ljerko Spiller and Max Rostal. He was first concertmaster of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and then served as first
concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for 30 years. He performs as a soloist and teaches young musicians in Europe, the Far East and South America.

Simone Bernardini (violin) – Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Bernardini first learned to play piano before he switched to the violin. During his studies in music he trained as a conductor as well as a violinist. He worked as the concertmaster (leader) of the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, as well as of the Juilliard Orchestra before earning a scholarship to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy in 2000. Two years later he then became a permanent member of the orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he regularly visits renowned festivals and leading concert halls all over the world.

Gabriella Strümpel (violoncello) – Brussels Philharmonic
Gabriella Strümpel studied with Christoph Richter, Wolfgang Boettcher and Alexandra Müller in Essen and Berlin. In 1997 she received her concert soloist diploma. Gabriella has been a member of the Flemish Radio Orchestra in Belgium (now Brussels Philharmonic) since 1997. In 1999 she was guest principal cellist of the Brussels opera orchestra “Théatre Royal de la Monnaie”.

Martin Schaal (double bass) – Deutsche Oper Berlin
Martin Schaal is committed as double bass player to the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Furthermore he gives masterclasses, works with young musicians, is a well-known lecturer and has been part of the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic lecturer team for more than ten years.


Andreas Schmidt (flute)
Andreas Schmidt studied flute in Salzburg with Hermann Klemeyer, Wolfgang Schulz and Michael Martin Kofler. As a solo flutist he attended numerous master classes, orchestra academies and repertoire classes in Salzburg, Vienna and New York. He regularly works with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and is committed as teacher to several music schools in Rosenheim and Traunstein.


Timpani & Percussion

Reinhard Toriser (percussion) – Komische Oper Berlin
Reinhard Toriser studied percussion in Salzburg and Munich. During this time he gained orchestral experience at the Camerata Academica Salzburg, worked as a substitute at Klagenfurt Municipal Theatre and performed with many ensembles of different formations and styles, including music of the 16th century with the ensemble Musica Claudiforensis. 1991/1992 he was principal timpanist and percussionist of the State Orchestra of Saxony / Chemnitz. Since 1992 he is committed to the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin as first solo timpanist .


Andreas Peer Kähler, Nestor Bayona

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