Michael Germer

Biography

Michael Germer’s innate musicianship and warm, sensual violin tone have brought him success in his native Scandinavia and in Israel.

Michael Germer was born in Copenhagen in 2002. He studied with Serguei Azizian at the Royal Danish Academy of Music until the age of 16, when he began his studies with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. Over the course of 2018, he was awarded First Prize and the Grand Prix at the Grumiaux International Violin Competition, First Prize at the Postacchini International Violin Competition and Special Prize at Kreisler International Violin Competition, during which he performed at the famous Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2019, Germer was the youngest semi-finalist at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Odense, which was broadcast live around the world.

As a concerto soloist, Germer has among others appeared with Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Webern Symphony Orchestra, Turin Symphony Orchestra, Århus Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen and University of Geneva Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Lahav Shani, Felix Mildenberger, Marc Soustrot, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Vladimir Kiradjiev.

Apart from his activities as a soloist, Michael is an active recitalist and chamber musician. Festival appearances have taken him to Poland, Italy, Ukraine, Austria, Norway, Sweden where he has collaborated with artists such Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Enrico Pace, Natalie Clein, Marianna Shirinyan, Silke Avenhaus, members of the Danish String Quartet and Trio Con Brio Copenhagen. He has also participated in master-classes with Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Josef Spacek, Nicola Benedetti and Maxim Rysanov.

His performances have been broadcast live on Austria’s state broadcaster; ORF, on Denmark’s state broadcaster; DR and on Medici TV. In August 2019, Michael received the Jacob Gade Foundation’s grant at an awards ceremony in the Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen. He signed to Nordic Artists Management’s Roster the same year.

In 2020 he won 2nd Prize as well as “Prize for Best Interpretation of Paganini” at the International Khachaturian Competition and then went on to win 1. Prize as well as the “Orchestra Prize” at the Danish String Competition and shortly after he received the “Carl Nielsen Grant”. In 2022 he was awarded the Danish Radio P2 Talent Prize at a ceremony in the Radio Hall, performing from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Germer is an Artist Diploma student of Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and performs on a 1765 J. B. Guadagnini, generously on loan by the Augustinus Foundation.