Matic Kuder | Picture: Stefan Höderath



Born in Trbovlje, Slowenia
Member since 01.12.2021


Matic Kuder felt drawn to the clarinet even as a small child. Mainly because he had two great role models in his family: his cousin and his uncle. The Slovenian-born musician also received his first clarinet lessons from the latter. He later studied in Ljubljana at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet with Dusan Sodja and at the Academy of Music, as well as at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Gerald Pachinger and at the Nuremberg University of Music with Thomas Holzmann. He also expanded his skills in numerous masterclasses, including with Mate Bekavac, Wenzel Fuchs, Francois Benda, Paolo Beltramini and Hari Mäkki. He gained his first orchestral experience as a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. The positive experiences he had in this orchestra played a major role in Matic Kuder's decision to become an orchestral musician.

The winner of several international competitions began his career as principal clarinettist with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and joined the Berliner Philharmoniker four years later. One of his first tasks was the E flat clarinet part in Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps, a piece that he experienced in a rehearsal with Sir Simon Rattle at the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2012 and has been fascinated by the sound of the orchestra ever since. "It's incredible to now be part of this orchestra with all its outstanding musicians," says the clarinettist, who enjoys skiing, playing tennis and culinary delights in his free time.


Second and first Prize, Citta di Carlino International Clarinet Competition (2016 and 2010)
Second Prize, Georghe Dima International Music Competition (2015)
First Prize, 42nd Slovenian National Music Competition TEMSIG (2013)
Second Prize, International Music Competition Anton Eberst Novi Sad (2012)
First Prize,International Competition for Young Wind Players EMONA

Behind the music: Matic Kuder
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Video: Adam Janisch

Clarinettists Andraž Golob and Matic Kuder are from Slovenia. Both studied in Graz, and both recently passed their probationary period with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this Behind the Music episode, they tell us about thoughts of home and tricky clarinet reeds.

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