Julia Gartemann | Picture: Stefan Höderath



Born in Münster, Germany
Member since 01.11.2000


In the family quartet, the viola was actually their mother’s instrument. Julia Gartemann and her sister Cornelia played violin, their father, cello. And yet, at some point, Julia Gartemann took up the viola. She knew at once that it was »her« instrument, and never played the violin again. In 1990, she began studying the viola with Nobuko Imai at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik.

In 1998, after graduating, she went to Michael Tree at the renowned Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, then completed her studies with Wilfried Strehle in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy as well as in masterclasses with Thomas Riebl, Kim Kashkashian, Wolfram Christ and with the Tokyo and Vermeer String Quartets.

Julia Gartemann, who has won prizes in various competitions since 1986, appears as a soloist and a chamber musician in Germany and abroad. She is also involved in Philharmoniker chamber music groups (Venus Ensemble Berlin, Brahms Ensemble Berlin). In recent years, she has also devoted herself to teaching; since 2014 she has been a teacher at Berlin’s “Hanns Eisler” Hochschule für Musik. Julia Gartemann plays a 1767 viola by C.F. Landolfi.


Recipient of grants from the German Music Foundation (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben)
The Jürgen Ponto Foundation and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Venus Ensemble Berlin
Berliner Barock Solisten
Berlin Philharmonic String Sextet
Brahms Ensemble Berlin

Behind the music: Julia Gartemann
Video portrait

Video: Adam Janisch / Magdalena  Zieba-Schwind

At a children’s concert during the 2022 USA tour, violist Julia Gartemann talks about her very personal experiences with music education in the USA.

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