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Florian Kirner


When and where was your first concert with the MCO?

in march 2010 in Ferrara with Esa-Pekka Salonen playing Mahler 1st symphony. I loved the atmosphere while rehearsing and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and musical interaction during the performance.

What is the best thing about being a musician?

Even the same repertoire is different every single day

What do you do before a performance?

I warm up, slow down my breathing and try to find an espresso bar to feel awake and present for the concert

If you could play another instrument what would it be?

I am working on my theremin skills (an electronic musical instrument invented in the early 20th century). I love the sound of this instrument. and how crazy is it to play an instrument without physically touching it.

What makes a “perfect” concert?

It´s more about a group acting and resonating perfectly together to create the best sound and musical experience than playing without mistakes. I can hardly put these magic moments into words.


Born in Ingolstadt (South of Germany), Florian Kirner studied with Bill Forman at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and with Klaus Schuhwerk at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt/ Main. From 2001 until 2004, he worked as a substitute player with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In 2005, Florian Kirner joined the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne. 

When he’s not travelling the world playing with different orchestras, Florian enjoys exploring the chamber music repertoire.

Since 2010, Florian teaches Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and is frequently invited to give masterclasses.