Karoline Bestehorn

  • born in Weimar
  • Member of the orchestra since 2005
  • Chamber music at the Konzerthaus Berlin: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester

Karoline Bestehorn studied in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music with Stephan Picard and Michael Vogler. The prize-winner of national competitions was a scholarship holder at the Orchestra Academy of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


What do you enjoy most about being an orchestral musician?

Sitting on stage at a concert, getting goosebumps and feeling how the audience experiences and feels these special moods.

What do you do before a concert?

I like to spend the time just before the concert with my colleagues and friends in our women’s tuning room. It’s a wonderful place where we laugh a lot, cry sometimes and in any case talk more than you could imagine. One is pregnant, one is going to be a grandmother, the next has a child who is going through puberty, another has relationship stress, another again has forgotten her locker key and is hektically asking around for fitting concert clothes… It’s chaotic, but we all draw so much strength from this liveliness!

Which composer inspires you the most?

Brahms, Mahler, Bach.

Which concert with the Konzerthausorchester was a special emotional experience for you?

Fortunately, there are many concerts that I remember so fondly! But since I am spoilt for choice, I’d have to choose the “St. Matthew Passion” with Iván Fischer. At the time, during a rehearsal, he said that the story was already so old, but we had to bring all the emotionality onto the stage and into the here and now. He wasn’t concerned with how it was performed historically, but wanted a truly authentic musical experience. For me, this concert was an emotional shock and I didn’t want it to end.


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