Moritz Pfister

Principal Second Violin

Moritz grew up in Bamberg, southern Germany and was surrounded by music from an early age. With a professional flautist father and a cellist brother it may come as no surprise that he started playing the violin at the age of six.

After initial lessons with Walter Forchert, Moritz studied in Düsseldorf with Michael Gaiser, in Trossingen with Winfried Rademacher and in London with Berent Korfker. He spent three years in the European Union Youth Orchestra working with conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy, leading the orchestra during his final year. After graduating from the Royal College of Music he gained his first professional experience working with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé before joining the CBSO in 2011 as Principal Second Violin.

‘I feel immensely lucky to have joined the orchestra during Andris Nelsons’ tenure and for having had the opportunity to experience his passion for music, the youthful spontaneity he brings to every single performance as well as the chemistry he has created with both the orchestra and our audiences. My most memorable concerts so far include Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, our Beethoven cycle with Andris and the CBSO’s residencies at the Lucerne Festival.’

When not musically active Moritz enjoys physical activities such as whitewater kayaking, tennis and cycling and is carefully developing an interest in gardening.