Antje Weithaas and Oliver Wille take over artistic directorship of the competition


With Antje Weithaas und Oliver Wille, Stiftung Niedersachsen has appointed two exceptional violinists to head the renowned Joseph Joachim Violin Competition. Under their artistic directorship, the competition will be developed further and taken into the future. The next competition will take place in the autumn of 2021 in Hanover, Germany. Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn, founder and former artistic director, will remain closely connected to the competition as Honorary President.


Antje Weithaas

Brimful of energy, Antje Weithaas’ brings her compelling musical intelligence and technical mastery to every detail of the music. Her charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. She has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, new works such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, and lesser performed concertos by Hartmann and Schoeck.

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Oliver Wille

Oliver Wille was born in 1975 in Berlin and began playing the violin at age five. He studied at the conservatories of Berlin and Cologne, Indiana University Bloomington, and the New England Conservatory Boston, among others. His teachers included Eberhard Feltz, Christoph Poppen, Mauricio Fuks, Ulf Wallin, and Michèlle Auclair. 

At age 14, Oliver Wille co-founded the Kuss Quartet with Jana Kuss. He regularly hosts lecture concerts, creates new concert formats, and heads workshops.

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