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A Huge Success: The Weimar violin student Anna Mehlin won her audition for the 2nd violins of the Berlin Philharmonic

Anna Mehlin | Foto: Guido Werner

A Huge Success: The Weimar violin student Anna Mehlin won her audition for the 2nd violins of the Berlin Philharmonic

Once again a student at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar has made it to the very top: The violinist Anna Mehlin, a student of Prof. Dr. Friedemann Eichhorn, won her audition for the 2nd violins of the Berlin Philharmonic. Just five years ago the Weimar flute student Egor Egorkin (Prof. Wally Hase) was chosen as solo-piccolo in this orchestra, probably most renowned in Germany. The 22-year-old Anna Mehlin will assume her new position on 1 January 2017."

"A wonderful achievement", her Weimar violin professor Dr. Friedemann Eichhorn exclaimed. "Anna Mehlin is an extraordinary violinist with great sincerity. She has a special sense for timbres and tone and can play in a large variety of styles." It is especially remarkable that Anna Mehlin had not even completed her Bachelors degree in Weimar before she won the audition. She will complete her studies in Berlin with Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hanns-Eisler Conservatory.

Already in the fall of 2015, Anna Mehlin had been accepted to the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. At that time she had to succeed among 500 competitors – and has played concerts since then under star conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons and Riccardo Chailly. This illustrious list will now become longer for the young violinist during her two-year trial period. "I do not really feel like a member of the Berlin Philharmonic yet," says Anna Mehlin. "I will keep working hard and want to learn much more." At the moment she is still a member of the Orchestra Academy and is on tour with "her" orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle in the USA.

Anna Mehlin was born in Düsseldorf and began to play the violin when she was six years old. Her teacher was Dr. Berta Metz-Kukuk, a member of the Düsseldorf Symphoniker. In 2004 she began studying with Ursula-Maria Berg, concertmaster of the "Gürzenich Orchester" in Cologne. When she was 14 years old she became a junior student at the "Robert Schumann" Music Conservatory in Düsseldorf and studied with Prof. Michael Gaiser. She was the soloist of the "Jugendsinfonieorchester der Tonhalle Düsseldorf" in 2010 and performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major in concerts in Milan, Cremona and Düsseldorf. After her Abitur she began her studies with Prof. Dr. Friedemann Eichhorn at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in the winter semester 2013/14. She has had a scholarship from the "Villa Musica" since 2014.