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She captivated the audience with her filigree style of playing, the sophisticated technique and her expressive interpretation.

Zofinger Newspaper

The german born violinist and pianist Johanna Kulke won first prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competition and the Kiwanis Competition Burgdorf already as a child with both instruments. She won second prize at the IX Stockholm International Music Competition.

As a soloist, Johanna Kulke performed with the Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz, the Youth Symphony Orchestra Bern, the youth orchestra of the music school Oberaargau, the Musikgesellschaft St. Urban and other orchestras.

In September 2015, she began her violin studies at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Music with Ina Dimitrova and finished her Bachelor's degree with the highest grade. Since September 2017 she has studied piano with Konstantin Lifschitz in the second major subject.

As part of her bachelor's Project, she organized two concerts in 2018 in which she performed as a soloist with the violin and with the piano with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in d minor and Mozart's Piano Concerto in F major, KV 413.

In January 2022, she finished the Master of Arts in Music Performance in Lucerne with Ina Dimitrova with the highest grade.

In addition to the piano and the violin, Johanna Kulke also devotes herself intensively to composing. She gets lessons in composition at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Music with Dieter Ammann.

Orchestral tours with the violin have already taken her with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra Bern, the Lucerne Chamber Philharmony and other orchestras throughout Europe, Russia and China.

She is concertmaster of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Bern since 2019 and trainee of the Berne Symphony Orchestra in the season 2020/21.

She was chosen to take part in the Davos Festival Academy 2020.

Various master classes, including with Bernd Glemser, Vladislav Bronevetzky, Gyula Stuller, Prof. Joshua Epstein, Valery Sokolov, Priya Mitchell and Marieke Spaans, complete Johanna Kulke's musical education.

She is a member of various permanent chamber music groups and reguarly gives concerts.


Johanna Kulke is a scholarship holder of the Hirschmann Foundation and the Swiss Interpreters Foundation.


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