2016 KMF ALUMNI
Born and raised in Magdeburg, German cellist Konstantin Bruns (b.1993) has been studying at “Hanns Eisler” conservatory in Berlin with Professor Stephan Forck since 2008. He has received further artistic inspiration from artists including Ralph Kirshbaum, Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson and Mischa Maisky.
Konstantin is the first-prize winner of many competitions, including the Jütting-Competition (2007), International Hindemith Competition (2011), Jugend Musiziert (2010, 2011), and International Music Competition Hamburg (2016). In 2015 he was second-prize winner of the Domenico Gabrielli Competition. He has been awarded special prizes from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Berthold-Hummel Foundation, and the Tonali12 Grand Prix international competition. Since 2013, Konstantin is an artist and scholarship recipient of “Live Music Now” founded by Yehudi Menuhin, and was also awarded scholarships from the “Cusanuswerk”, Richard-Wagner-Foundation, the German Study Foundation “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”, and most recently the Villa Musica Foundation of Rheinland-Pfalz.
As a soloist Konstantin has performed with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock with live broadcast on Deutschlandradio, Magdeburg Philharmonic, Magdeburg Chamber Orchestra, Musica Assoluta in Hannover, Collegium Musicum Berlin, and the Karwendel Music Festival orchestra. Furthermore, he has performed at various music festivals such as the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles, the Alkan Festival in Hamburg with live recordings broadcast on Deutschlandfunk, the Bodenseefestival broadcast on SWR (south west radio), the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Konstantin plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello (1860) on generous loan from the Landessammlung Rheinland-Pfalz.