New in the orchestra

11 Sep 2018

The probationary period for two musicians has recently come to a successful conclusion: trumpeter Andre Schoch and violinist Anna Mehlin are now members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The trumpeter Andre Schoch

Andre Schoch studied in Karlsruhe and Hamburg and gained his first orchestral experience in the Landesjugendorchester Baden-Württemberg, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival before he began his career with a temporary contract as deputy principal trumpeter with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. Although already working professionally, he successfully applied for a scholarship at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2010. “It was an incredibly valuable time for me because I got the opportunity to get to know the orchestra’s playing culture,” recalls the musician. In this respect, Andre Schoch was no longer a stranger to the Berliner Philharmoniker when auditioned for the vacant trumpet position in 2016. Between his studies at the Karajan Academy and his appointment with the Berliner Philharmoniker, he held the position of principal trumpet at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Since he was contractually bound in Hamburg until the end of the 2016/2017 season, he could not immediately start with the Philharmoniker after passing the audition, but often performed with them as an extra player. Even during this time, his colleagues had the opportunity to be convinced of the musical qualities of the trumpeter, who has won multiple awards at prestigious competitions.

The violinist Anna Mehlin

If it had been up to her parents, both professional violinists, Anna Mehlin would have learned the harp. But by chance, she liked the violin much better. As a child, she tucked a wine bottle under her chin and stroked its neck with a string of spaghetti. This finally persuaded her mother and father, and they sent the six-year-old to lessons with an orchestra colleague. Her musical home life also gave her an overwhelming joy of making music. The decision to make the violin a profession was made in senior school. She began her studies at the Liszt School of Music Weimar under Friedemann Eichhorn, and later at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin where she was a student of Antje Weithaas. In 2015, during her studies, the violinist, a multiple award winner at a variety of competitions, won a scholarship for the Karajan Academy. She found the time at this institution a particular stroke of luck because she was immediately able to experience the everyday life of an orchestral musician. From the Academy she made the jump to the orchestra via a successful audition, and since January 2017 she has been a member of the second violin section. In the early days, she found it a particular challenge to learn a large repertoire in a very short period of time. With the confirmation that she has passed the probationary period, she feels she is now really part of the Philharmoniker.

Andre Schoch
(Photo: Sebastian Hänel)
Anna Mehlin
(Photo: Sebastian Hänel)