Florian - profile

Florian Kirner


When and where was your first concert with the MCO?
March 2010 in Ferrara with Esa-Pekka Salonen - Mahler's 1st Symphony. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm during rehearsals and the 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, if possible, drink an espresso to feel awake and present for the concert.

If you could play another instrument what would it be?
In my free time, I play the Theremin which is an electronic musical instrument invented in the early 20th century. You play the instrument without physically touching it.  I haven't given a public performance yet, but when I have guests to visit I sometimes perform for them on the Theremin.

What makes a “perfect” concert?
It's more about a group acting and resonating perfectly in unison to create the best sound and musical experience, rather than playing without mistakes. I find it difficult to put these moments into words.


Born in Ingolstadt in southern 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 regularly with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In 2005, Florian Kirner joined the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne. 

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

Since 2010, Florian has taught at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and is frequently invited to give masterclasses around the world.