The musicians

As freelance musicians the members of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra have a whole range of different backgrounds. Many of them play in other major ensembles, notably those dedicated to early music, others are soloists in their own right or belong to chamber music formations. Some pass on their skills to younger generations as teachers. Many of the musicians have been successful in international competitions.

Most of them have already gleaned experience with „authentic“ performance styles in other ensembles, while some are conversant not only with the modern versions of their instruments but also with their historical predecessors. The brass and timpani players of the orchestra are in fact specialists in this field as in the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra the brass and timpani parts are invariably entrusted to original instruments.

Alongside their duties as musicians, some of the long-standing members also fulfill other functions in the orchestra as the Heidelberg Symphony does almost all its management and administration work itself.


  • Benjamin Spillner (concert master)
  • Wojciech Garbowski (concert master)
  • Ariane Volm (orchestra recruiting office)
  • Hyun-Jung Kim
  • Friedemann Kienzle
  • Johannes Krampen
  • Elena Martinez-Eisenberg
  • Luis Martinez-Eisenberg
  • Silke Maurer
  • Jochen Steyer
  • Isabel Zimmer
  • Ulrich Zimmer (Logistics/Stagemanagement)
  • Petra Wolff
  • Britta Zeus (information service)


  • Annette Hartmann (Solo-Viola)
  • Thomas Gerlinger
  • Laura Möhr
  • Karen Yarazyan
  • Yuichi Yazaki


  • Pirkko Langer (solo)
  • Bianca Breitfeld
  • Attila Hündöl
  • Jutta Neuhaus

Double Bass

  • Michael Neuhaus (solo; Management)
  • Michael Tkacz


  • Karin Geyer (solo)
  • Delphine Roche


  • Andrius Puskunigis (solo)
  • Antoine Cottinet


  • Martin Vogel (solo)
  • Matthias Ritter


  • Felix Schwamm (solo)
  • Paula Jimenez Queipo

French horn

  • Thorsten Hagedorn (solo)
  • Bolko Kloosterman
  • Merlin Nowozamsky


  • Michael Maisch (solo)
  • Heiko Hörburger


  • Uwe Haase
  • Michael Scheuermann
  • Wolfram Wagner


  • Peter Hartmann