Vineta Sareika-Völkner,

1st Concertmaster

Born in Jurmala/Latvia

Member since 2022-05-01


1st prize aund gold medal Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2008), 1st prize International Commerzbank Chamber Music Competition in Frankfurt (2008), 2nd prize Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York (2008)

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“The Berliner Philharmoniker have always been a huge source of inspiration for me. Their way of breathing together, this uncompromising power and the softest pianissimi that this orchestra can produce fascinate me every time. To be a part of them is a great gift for me. I love the countless subtle nuances that I can conjure up with the violin's sound – the whole range of human emotions. Sometimes I can express much more with a few delicate notes than with a thousand loud words.”

Vineta Sareika-Völkner came into contact with many different art forms as a child including dancing, singing, drawing and painting. When she found her first little violin under the Christmas tree at the age of five, it became her favourite toy from then on. She was also lucky enough to meet musicians who infected her with their enthusiasm and seriousness for playing the violin. She studied at the Conservatoire de Paris under Gerard Poulet and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium under Augustin Dumay. Vineta Sareika-Völkner also attended master classes held by Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks and Sergey Krylov.

After her training, the violinist began her career as a soloist and chamber and orchestral musician. She was first concertmaster of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (2011-2013, now: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) and regularly guest concertmaster of the Royal Opera Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic. She has been primaria of the Artemis Quartet from 2012 to 2021 and a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since May 2022, where she has been 1st concertmaster since March 2022. A multiple prize-winner of international competitions, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Belgian National Orchestra. Vineta Sareika-Völkner has also been a professor of chamber music at Berlin University of the Arts since 2017. In her free time, she plays sports, paints and loves being in nature, hiking, travelling and discovering new countries and cultures.