Born in Amberg, Germany
Member since 08.09.2014


Michael Karg came to the double bass while attending the arts high school in his home town of Amberg. In order to play in both the school orchestra and its big band, he decided to learn the double bass in addition to his other instruments, piano and guitar. The double bass soon became his main instrument. After a short time, he was accepted by the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and the Bavarian state youth orchestra. Dealing with large symphonic works and having contact with renowned conductors and soloists, he quickly realised he wanted to be an orchestral musician. Michael Karg began his studies under Professor Dorin Marc at Nuremberg University of Music and while still a student, he had the opportunity to participate in orchestra academies at major German music festivals.

As a winner of national and international competitions, he was invited by numerous orchestras and music festivals to perform as a soloist. He played for example with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He gained further orchestral experience as a temporary member of ensembles such as the symphony orchestras of Bayerischer and Westdeutscher Rundfunk and also with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He also has a great interest in chamber music. Michael Karg has been a member of the double bass section of the Berliner Philharmoniker since the beginning of the 2014/2015 season. 


First Prize and special prizes, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition (2014)
Second Prize, Leoš Janáček International Competition (2013)
First Prize, International Johann-Matthias-Sperger Competition (2012)
First Prize and special prize, Jugend musiziert (2010)

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