Maria Held
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Member Since: July 18, 2010
Last Visit:November 3, 2014
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Maria Held

I was born into a musical family and had my first violin lesson shortly before my seventh birthday. I wanted to play the violin, since my older brother started it, when I was 2 years,9 month of age. But I couldn't start earlier, because I was too small for the little (1/16?) violin of my brother...
So I followed the example of my older brother, who is now member of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.
From the age of ten I had very good teachers, mainly those with whom my brother was studying, like Prof. Helga Thoene (she made the analysis for the great CD "Morimur")and Max Speermann (member of the Bartholdy Quartett), and then I continued my studies with Prof. Grigori Zhislin, Alberto Lysy and Liviu Prunaru.
2000 I won a third price in the category "solo" at the IV. International Krzysztof Penderecki Competition for Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow, Poland.
I have played in many professional orchestras, among them Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (Norrington), Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg, sinfonieorchester Aachen, Hofkapelle Meiningen, and have been concertmaster in the Orchestras of Remscheid/Solingen, Mainz and Bonn.
I have had time contracts in the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig (Violin I tutti), Staatskapelle Dresden (Vl. II tutti) and substitute at the Bamberger Symphoniker.
I like playing in good orchestras, and I am addicted to teaching as well.
Otherwise I like reading, watching DVDs in English with English subtitles to improve my skills, hiking, watching paintings, etc.