Barbara Lüneburg
Instrument: violin, viola

Photographer: Didier Riva ©

Lüneburg Barbara

General Information

Year of Birth:  1965
Date of Birth:  5. May 1965
Country of Birth: 

Barbara Lüneburg's work as a soloist and chamber musician has inspired numerous composers to write solo works, violin concertos and chamber music for her. In her carrier, she was awarded major scholarships and various prizes in violin competitions. Barbara studied at Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and Lübeck, in London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She combines Russian and Western European virtuosic violin tradition with a fresh contemporary approach to music.
Barbara Lüneburg has featured on many CDs and radio productions documenting the versatility and high standard of her performing abilities. Critics have described her playing as 'viciously virtuosic, passionate, translucent, of an amazing capacity for purity of sound and integrity of pitch, detailed and nuanced, expressive and gripping'. Her first solo-CD The Refined Ear (label coviello classics) received international acclamation. Weapon of Choice, her solo DVD with multimedia works was released in April 2011 at label Ahornfelder. The press described it as 'groundbreaking'.

As a soloist she has performed with groups as diverse as SWR Radiosymphonic Orchestra, Xenakis Ensemble Netherlands, MAE, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, ASKO Ensemble, Landesjugendorchester Hessen and Rheinland Pfalz, Pfalztheaterorchester Kaiserslautern or Schwerin Philharmonics. Her touring schedule has taken her through Europe, both Americas, the Middle and Far East to major festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival (GB), Wien Modern (AT), Tongeyong Festival - Korea, Roaring Hooves – Mongolia, Cervantino Festival – Mexico, Music Marathon Chicago- USA, Fadjr Festival - Iran, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Munich Biennial and Schleswig Holstein Music Festival - Germany.
Barbara's PhD-research on the topic of "The creative role of a performer as an interface between instrument, composer and audience in contemporary music" includes theoretical and practical work on creativity and collaboration, programming, and concert aura. For this research alone she commissioned almost 30 new solo and chamber music works for violin, viola and electric violin in the years 2008 to 2010.
Barbara Lüneburg teaches at Medienhochschule Darmstadt (Germany) and Fachhochschule St.Pölten (Austria), has been invited as lecturer at the European Orchestra Academy, and the ensemble academy Schleswig Holstein (Germany) and has given workshops, talks and seminars at major European and American universities.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1979 - 1981

pre-studies at the Music Academy Saarbrücken (Henri Lewkowicz)

1981 - 1983

pre-studies at the Music Academy Karlsruhe (Ulf Hoelscher)

1984 - 1986

graduate studies at the Music Academy Karlsruhe (Ulf Hoelscher)

1986 - 1991

graduate studies (Uwe-Martin Haiberg)

1987 - 1991

string quartet lessons with the LaSalle and Takacs Quartett


graduated with honors

1988 - 1989

advanced solo studies (Zorija Schihmurzaeva)

1990 - 1991

advanced solo studies (David Takeno)


graduated with honors


ever since PhD student at the Brunel University in London, on the topic "The new role of performers as an interface between the instrument, composer and audience"

chamber music courses with Thomas Brandis, Jürgen Kußmaul and Jost Michaels



ever since radio productions for NDR, SWR, SWF, HR, Deutschlandradio, BR, SFB, Freies Sender Kombinat (all in Germany), ORF (Austria), Concertzender, VPRO (Netherlands), Schweizer Rundfunk (Switzerland), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Danmarks Radio (Denmark), Mexican Radio


ever since international solo performances, for example with the SWR-Orchestra, Asko Ensemble, Xenakis Ensemble, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Schweriner Philharmoniker, Pfalztheaterorchester Kaiserslautern, Kurpfälzer Kammerorchester, Landesjugendorchester Hessen, Landesjugendorchester Rheinland Pfalz

1993 - 1996

lecturer in preparatory and youth training for violin, viola and chamber music

1995 - 2000

lecturer for violin, viola and chamber music at the State Music School in Hamburg, individual and group lessons after the Rolland method


founding member of ensemble Intégrales and ever since artistic director and manager, contemporary chamber music concerts throughout Europe, Asia and America


ever since TV productions for the Iranian state TV, NDR, ARD


ever since teacher at workshops, festivals, master classes, lectures and seminars


internet soloist along with seven other artists from New York, Berkeley, Amsterdam and Munich in the opera "Orpheus Kristall" by Manfred Stahnke. The opera is based on the program "" that allows artists from five different locations around the world to improvise with each other live through the internet. (Funded by the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation, in collaboration with the institute "STEIM" / Amsterdam)

2005 - 2007

violinist of the Zephyr Quartet


lecturer of the European Ensemble Academy of the German Music Council


ever since teacher at the University Darmstadt (Media Department)

2009 - 2012

2009, 2011 and 2012 teacher of the State Youth Ensemble for New Music Schleswig Holstein


Ensemble in Residence at Chiffren Kiel


conception and development of the multimedia solo program "Weapon of Choice" with the Deutschlandfunk and the ZKM Karlsruhe, documented on the DVD "Weapon of Choice"


ever since teacher (Media Department)


workshops for students of high schools and music schools in Hamburg/Germany and South Denmark


teacher of the Just-Composed-Workshop at the isa12

lecturer at seminars and workshops at universities and academies in Brunel/London, Glasgow, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham University, Dartington, Dundalk, Chicago, Den Haag, Darmstadt, Würzburg, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Music University Vienna, Mexico City, Teheran, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie ZKM in Karlsruhe

CD and DVD productions with solo and chamber music at Wergo in cooperation with the German Music Council, nur-nicht –nur, amorphon, Zeitklang, Coviello Classics, Col legno, NEOS, Multimedia-Solo-DVD with the Deutschlandfunk Cologne and the ZKM Karlsruhe as well as the label Ahornfelder

free improvisation using live electronics with artists like Jaap Blonk, Joel Ryan, Fred Frith, Marko Ciciliani, Anne La Berge, Cor Fuhler, Yannis Kyriakides, Andy Moore

concert master of the Chamber Orchestra Capella Palatina Bavaria, Radio Orchestra of the Southwest Radio Kaiserslautern, Hamburg Camerata, The European Community Chamber Orchestra

Performances (Selection)


recitals in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia, United States

solo and chamber music concerts at international festivals, e.g. Chiffren Festival, Gaudeamus Week, Hilltown Festival, Forum neuer Musik, Miso Festival, Klangwerktage Hamburg, Avantgarde Festival Tirol, Cervantino Festival Mexiko, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Biennale Zagreb, Huddersfield Festival, Blurred Edges, All Frontiers, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien Modern, Ultraschall Festival, Holland Festival, Hamburger Musikfest, Fadjr Festival, Radar Festival Mexiko, Münchner Biennale, Bodenseefestival, Tongyeong International Music Festival Korea, Nieuwe Muziek Zeeland, Bregenzer Festspiele, Nouvi Spazi Musicale Rom


King's Place: solo performance: John Croft " schwarzem Glanz"


soloist in a concert for violin and clarinet by Amit Gilutz, Ensembe Reconsil, dir. Roland Freisitzer


multimedia solo concerts


solo concert at Hilltown New Music Festival


solo performance at Smart Project Space


International Gaudeamus Week


Festival Lautwechsel: duo Mallaun/Lüneburg with guest accordeonist Harald Pröckl


Festival Projekt Natur – Austria: duo program with Martin Mallaun


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

award from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation


scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation


scholarship for a study year in Moscow


scholarship from the Hermann-Haake Foundation for study years in London


Ritter-Award from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation


artist in residence at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

award for the best interpretation of contemporary music at the 4th international music competition for young culture in Düsseldorf

1st prize "6 Uhr Konzerte Kaiserslautern"

2nd prize in violin solo

award winner of the German-Austrian competition organized by the association GedoK

Discography, Projects


  • 2011: Weapon of Choice (Ahornfelder)
  • 2011: Echohaus (Decorder)
  • 2010: Pasajes - Mexico (NEOS)
  • 2008: Alpenglühen (Col Legno)
  • 2007: Traces of Asia (Coviello Classics)
  • 2006: The Refinded Ear (Coviello Classics)


Commissioner of (Composition)