Paolo Mendes

Born in Hamburg

Member since 2016-09-01


2nd prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, 2010; 2nd prize and special prize at the Kurt Alten Competition, 2009; 1st prize and two special prizes at the Schwerin Internationaler Interpretationswettbewerb Verfemte Musik, 2008; 2nd prize at the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition, 2008; 2nd prize at the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments, Dusseldorf 2007; Multiple 1st prizes at the German national "Jugend musiziert" Competition (2000-2003)

Born in Hamburg, Paolo Mendes received his training from Michael Höltzel. In 2000, Mendes studied with the horn player as a private pupil, and later with him again first as a junior student, then as a full student at the Rostock University of Music and Drama, where he graduated in 2010. During his studies he won prestigious competitions, including several first prizes at the German national “Jugend musiziert” Competition and second prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich in 2010. Since 2008, Paolo Mendes has also received a scholarship from the Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung and the German National Merit Foundation. Furthermore, he was a recipient of the Gerd Bucerius scholarship from the German Foundation for Musical Life in 2009.

Paolo Mendes gained orchestral experience in a variety of renowned youth orchestras, plus as a substitute as principal horn with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and with the Berliner Philharmoniker. From 2010 to 2016, he was first principal horn in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2016. In addition to his orchestral activities, Paolo Mendes has been appearing as a soloist since 2004, including with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Münchener Kammerorchester and the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock.