Armin Schubert

Born in Chicago

Member since 1994-08-01

»I’ve felt comfortable in the orchestra from the first rehearsal. It’s a big musical family. I especially like the initiative of individual colleagues. You don’t often find that. And in our section, the second violins, we have the feeling of sitting in the middle of the ‘score’, right inside the music.«

Armin Schubert, son of German emigrants to the USA, was six when he received a list of instruments he could choose to learn at his school. Because both of his grandfathers played the violin, he decided to take up that instrument. Later he earned a degree in Music Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, studying violin with Mark Zinger, whom he regards as his most important teacher. In 1990, pursuing further training, he went back to his family’s roots in Germany and studied with Rainer Kussmaul and Toru Yasunaga. In 1993 he was accepted into the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy and then, the following year, into the orchestra itself. Since that time he has also been an active chamber-music player as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Violins and the Trittico Trio of Berlin. His free time is devoted to sport: his favourite hobbies are swimming, diving in waters of all kinds and playing golf on the world’s most beautiful courses.