Matthias Ilkenhans was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1968 and grew up in Bad Homburg. He initially studied Orchestral Music, majoring in Violin, in Stuttgart, Saarbrücken and Munich, followed by a degree in Cultural Management at the University of Hagen. From 1994 to 2000 he was a member of the ensemble of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Young German Philharmonic Orchestra) in Frankfurt, first as a violinist and later as project manager. After a year as Project Manager with the Munich Chamber Orchestra he returned to the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as General Manager in 2001.
Since the 2004/2005 concert season Matthias Ilkenhans has been Manager of the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
(Status 2018; Source: Matthias Ilkenhans)