Michael Kern - Principal Clarinet
Born in Stuttgart in 1971, Michael Kern grew up in Eigeltingen on Lake Constance.
He received piano lessons at the age of six and clarinet lessons at twelve. Between 1985 and 1989 he won several national prizes in “Jugend musiziert” and was a member of the Baden-Württemberg State Youth Orchestra and the Federal Youth Orchestra.
In 1987 Michael Kern was awarded the Karel Kunc Prize of the city of Bad Dürkheim and the Cultural Promotion Prize of the city of Singen/Hohentwiel.
From 1989 to 1995 he studied clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen. From 1993 to 1995 Michael Kern was a scholarship holder of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Since April 1995 he was solo clarinetist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
In September 1996 Michael Kern joined the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as principal clarinetist.
In addition to symphonic work, Michael Kern is clarinetist of the orchestra’s wind quintet.