credit Hans Engels
Konstantin Sellheim is among the most sought-after instrumentalists of his generation. After studying violin with Prof. Atila Aydintan at Hannover University of Music and Theatre, in 1996 he began viola studies with Volker Worlitzsch from the Orchestra of the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) Hannover, continuing in 1999 with Hartmut Rohde at the Berlin University of the Arts, and in 2004 with Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam and Wilfried Strehle from the Berlin Philharmonic. He has also been strongly influenced by Tabea Zimmermann, Rainer Moog and Yuri Bashmet.
He has won prizes at numerous international competitions including in particular the International Max Rostal Competition, Berlin in 2004 and the International Brahms Competition Pörtschach, Austria in 2002.
He has been a guest performer with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared at major international festivals such as the Mahler Festival at Toblach, the Berliner Festwochen, the Wiener Festwochen and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. He made his solo debut at an early age with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. He has performed on tours throughout Europe, America, Japan and Asia. After serving as a member of the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, in 2006 Konstantin Sellheim was appointed violist with the Munich Philharmonic. He taught for several years at Berlin University of the Arts as assistant professor to Prof. Hartmut Rohde. He is also active as a performer of chamber music, appearing with leading musicians including Michael Schade, Igor Levit, Giora Feidman, Gautier Capucon, Katharina Sellheim, Helmut Deutsch and Michael Barenboim.
Appearances on radio and television on programmes broadcast by NDR, WDR, BR, RBB, 3Sat and Phoenix have served to enhance Konstantin Sellheim’s status in the musical world. His debut recording with the viola quartet of the Munich Philharmonic, the Tertis Viola Ensemble, was released in 2011, and his duo album “Fantasy”, on which he and his sister Katharina Sellheim (“Duo Sellheim”) recorded the viola sonatas of Rebecca Clarke and Paul Hindemith and works by Robert Schumann, was released in 2012.