Berlin Philharmonic inducts two new players

Berlin Philharmonic inducts two new players


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2021

From the orchestra:


We are very happy to announce violinist Johanna Pichlmair and horn player Johannes Lamotke have successfully passed their probationary period with the Berliner Philharmoniker.


  • PS says:

    Their streaming service at looks interesting but I’m on more of an opera kick for now. I appreciate the option to buy a week or a month or a year without auto-renewal.

  • Axl says:

    Congrats to both! And they also publish an information that their Estonian-Finnish horn academist Paula Ernesaks has just won the audition for low horn position (vacated by Fergus McWilliam)

  • Lila says:

    Paula Ernesaks also won the audition for another of the horn positions this week.

    Anyone know if they plan to fill the second solo horn position? It’s been vacant for what feels like forever.

    • Axl says:

      If I remember right, there was an audition a bit earlier this year, but it seems that no one was hired, because everyone will be know, if someone would won that famous principal position – like in David Cooper’s case in December 2016. And yep, that post has been vacant since Baborak’s departure in January 2010 so it has almost 12 years. Now waiting a new audition and hopefully good results of that!

  • PaulD says:

    Ms. Pichlmair shared the solo work with First Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley in the second movement of the Mahler 4 last week. I’ve never seen that before.

    • Berndt says:

      Mahler 4th symphony 1st violin part has a two violin solos – a bigger solo part played by (1st) concertmaster and another smaller solo part played by 2nd/associate concertmaster or whoever (tutti player or guest player) will sitting next to concertmaster

  • Peter Feltham says:

    This must be what is known in the trade as a ‘slow news day’ if this is a headline story.