Peter Brem

Born in München

Member since 1970-08-01


Managing director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, 1992-2007 member of its Media Board

»It is a very special thing for me to play in this orchestra, probably the best in Germany and one of the finest in the world. From my studies I always had the goal of getting into a good symphony orchestra. That it turned out to be the Berlin Philharmonic in 1970 under Karajan was incredible. In the meantime I’ve become accustomed to its high performing standards, to good, sometimes very good conductors, and to the great, famous and outstanding soloists. Then there are also the trips around the globe, which sometimes allow time for contact with other cultures. I’d never want to have missed my years of travel experiences.«

His first violin was a present from his uncle. Peter Brem studied this instrument in his native Munich. Even before his final examination in 1970 he passed his audition for the Berlin Philharmonic – he was just 18. Brem describes himself as a passionate orchestral player, but one who finds in chamber music a welcome counterweight to his activities in the orchestra: he belongs to the Berlin Philharmonic Octet and has been a member of the Brandis Quartet for 25 years. In addition, he is deeply involved in work on behalf of the orchestra: from 1992 to 2002 he was one of two managing directors of the Berliner Philharmoniker GbR (Company), responsible for the orchestra’s media activities. Peter Brem belonged to the Media Board of the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker from 2002 to 2007. The “fresh-air fanatic” loves many outdoor sports: tennis, golf, mountain climbing and skiing. Other important hobbies: cooking, eating, enjoying life!
Peter Brem plays a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin from 1751-52.