Hande Küden

Born in Adana/Turkey

Member since 2019-09-01


First prizes at the national violin competitions “Gülden Turali” and “Necdet Remzi Atak”, Ferenc Fricsay Fellow of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (2013-2014)

“I got to know the special sound of the Berliner Philharmoniker while a scholarship holder at the Karajan Academy. It is a great pleasure for me to be a member of this orchestra now.”

At the age of 8, Hande Kueden sang in a children’s choir and saw a young violinist at a concert. From then on, she also wanted to play this instrument – although her mother tried to persuade her to play the piano. But she insisted on the violin, and a year later was studying at the state conservatory at Çukurova University under Dania Kainova. In 2012, she moved to Berlin to Stephan Picard at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and in 2015 changed to Tabea Zimmermann, with whom she studied violin and viola.

She gained further musical impetus in masterclasses with Tabea Zimmermann, Dora Schwarzberg, Natalia Prischepenko, Tedi Papavrami, Salvatore Accardo, Haim Taub and Kolja Blacher. She completed her training as an orchestral musician as a Ferenc Fricsay Fellow of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and at the Karajan Academy, where she was taught by Christian Stadelmann and Thomas Timm. Before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker, she was deputy concertmaster of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin from 2016. In her free time, she likes to play table tennis and go swimming.

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