Fjodor - profile

Fjodor Selzer

2nd violin

When and where was your first concert with the MCO?

It was in the beautiful hall of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, performing Schubert und Mahler with Gustavo Dudamel in the fall of 2018.

What's the best thing about playing with the MCO?

The friendship and bond between the musicians is something unique that you can barely find in other orchestras. In each performance, one is able to feel the energy and passion of each musician in his or her own individual way whilst never abandoning the enormous flexibility that makes every concert a highlight of its own.

What do you need to feel at home while on tour?

Nothing much besides a decent internet connection! I love to travel so I try to make myself feel at home as quick as possible by discovering everything next to the hotels and concert halls.

If you could play another instrument what would it be?

Definitely the trombone. My father played it professionally and I admire the warm sound and the down-to-earth nature which this instrument projects.

The first piece of music you fell in love with:

All of Brahms' Violin Sonatas performed by Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim. I vividly remember listening to our old LP’s in secret, while my parents were asleep during the night.


Born in Nowosibirsk in 1992, Fjodor began playing the violin at the age of six in his hometown Kassel before continuing his studies as a pre-college student with Conrad von der Goltz at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in 2009. Further studies led him to the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, where he studied with Gottfried von der Goltz and Sebastian Hamann while completing his Bachelor's degree in 2016 as well as his Master's degree in 2018 with distinction. Additionally he participated in multiple masterclasses with teachers such as Rainer Kussmaul, Sergey Fatkulin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky or Stephan Picard.

Fjodor has received scholarships from the Margarete-von-Riemenschneider Foundation and the Richard-Wagner-Verband. His orchestral career includes holding the positions of concertmaster in the State Youth Orchestra of Hessen, co-concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Jurowski, Christoph Eschenbach and others. Furthermore he is regularly invited to such orchestras as the MDR-Sinfonieorchester or the Chamber Orchestra of Leipzig.

Fjodor became an Associate Member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the 2019/20 season, and was a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in 2019.