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Christian Heubes

2nd violin

What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO? Musicians who come for the music and always want to get the most out of every project. Also, the variety that comes from working together in so many different locations.

What is your most memorable moment with the orchestra? I must say there are too many, but to name just one: a concert with Claudio Abbado in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. During my student days, I saw so many exceptional concerts in this hall with a standing room ticket, so this concert was especially moving for me.

What do you need to feel at home while on tour? I need my yoga mat, my tea kettle, and a fast internet connection!

What is the best thing about being a musician? Working with something that can carry you away to new worlds.

The most inspiring composer: Answering with Mozart sounds banal and too simple, but every time I play one of his operas, that’s exactly what I think.


Christian Heubes, born in Koblenz in 1976, received his first violin lessons at age 11 from Manfred Gotsch. Ernst Triner was his teacher until he began as a pre-university student with Maria Egelhof in Lübeck at the age of 16. While still in school, he served as concertmaster of the state youth orchestra of Rheinland-Pfalz. After completing his Abitur, he went to Vienna to study with Günter Pichler at the Univeristy of Music and Performing Arts. In 2001 he moved to Hamburg to study with Kolja Blacher, and in 2004 he finished his studies there.

He was a scholarship recipient of the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and a member of the chamber music foundation Villa Musica as well as a prizewinner at the national competition Jugend musiziert and at the W.A. Mozart Competition in Koblenz. He received further scholarships through the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.

As a soloist, he has performed several times with the Bodenseekammerorchester with works by Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi. From 2000-2001 he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

Christian Heubes is a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and also plays regularly with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding, Marc Minkowski, Ingo Metzmacher and Claudio Abbado.