I started playing the clarinet, when I was seven years old. Thanks to my revered teacher Helmut Pallushek, I was thirteen years old when I made my first experiences in the Hannover Opera Orchestra. After a sensational audition, at the age of eighteen I was given the chance to play principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmonic. For more than 30 years I have been lucky to be with fantastic colleagues in the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, it is a great privilege to be invited in many countries as a soloist, chamber musician or teacher.