Born in Yverdon, Switzerland
Member since 2001-08-01
Third prize at the Lake Constance International Competition (1994); award of distinction at the Menuhin International Competition in Paris (1995)
»As a young woman I always said to myself, if I ever want to play in an orchestra, then it must be Berlin. The sound of this orchestra never fails to move me.«
As a small child she wanted to learn the piano but changed her mind after her parents took her along to a concert at which Yehudi Menuhin played the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Bettina Sartorius, who has played the violin since she was nine, completed her studies with Aida Stucki at the Winterthur Conservatory, earning her concert diploma in 1992 and her solo diploma with distinction in 1994. The recipient of several prizes and grants, she has appeared as soloist throughout Europe and for three years was a member of Camerata Bern. She has made CD recordings with the Lucerne Festival Strings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach violin concertos. Since joining the Berliner Philharmoniker, she also plays in the »Swiss of the Berlin Philharmonic«. Her preferred free-time activities are cultural: reading, visiting museums and the cinema. She also has spiritual interests, especially in conjunction with music.