Katrin Burger was born in Thalwil in central Switzerland. She began by learning the violin and discovered the viola at the age of thirteen. With the Lucerne Ministrings, she performed in numerous concerts as a girl and even made solo appearances, then still on both instruments.
She began to study the viola with Christoph Schiller in Basel, where she did her MA in music performance, going on to do her MA in orchestra with Isabel Deplazes-Charisius in Lucerne. She took lessons in chamber music over many years with Walter Levin, the Bennewitz, Zemlinsky and Hagen quartets and with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
On a scholarship from the Villa Musica in Mainz, she had the opportunity to perform with musicians like Patrick Demenga, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jens Peter Maintz, Rainer Kussmaul, Ingolf Turban, Martin Ostertag and Eszter Haffner. She played in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Academy Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and under Sir Colin Davis in the London Symphony Orchestra. She was engaged by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich as a trainee and then as a guest performer.
Katrin Burger has played in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since 2011 and is a permanent member of the Lucerne Festival Strings.
What is it about playing with the Lucerne Festival Strings that attracts you?
«As a member of the Lucerne Ministrings for many years, I was aware of the Lucerne Festival Strings from an early age. Now, with the orchestra, I have experienced concert tours abroad and ensemble playing without a conductor. I like travelling, love the musical challenge of limited orchestral forces and welcome the opportunity to build something up together with my colleagues.»