Hande Küden passes her probationary period

07 Dec 2020

Hande Küden, member of the first violin section since September 2019, has successfully completed her probationary period. Congratulations! “I’m so happy! ”, says the violinist. “I dreamed of playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker when I was thirteen, and now my dream has come true. I am delighted to be able to perform together with great colleagues and be part of a fantastic violin section.”

Her mother actually wanted her to learn the piano. However, Hande Küden insisted on the violin. The Turkish-born musician initially studied under Dania Kainova at the State Conservatory of Çukurova University in her home town of Adana, then under Stephan Picard at the “Hanns Eisler ” School of Music Berlin from 2012. There, she then trained under Tabea Zimmermann from 2015, studying both violin and viola. She received further musical inspiration in master classes with Salvatore Accardo, Haim Taub and Kolja Blacher, among others. She completed her training as an orchestral musician at the Ferenc Fricsay Academy of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. When Hande Küden applied for the violin position with the Berliner Philharmoniker, she already had several years of experience as deputy concertmaster of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. What else did she learn during her probationary period with the Philharmoniker? “Perfectionism. No matter how many concerts we give in a row, each is equally important and must be played with the same passion.”

Hande Küden
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