ABOUT Chaim Steller
Chaim Steller has been playing as assistant principal violist of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under Iván Fischer since June 2015, after his time as first principal with the Duisburger Philharmoniker/Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Until December 2013 Chaim was assistant as well as principal violist of Orchestra Mozart Bologna under maestro Claudio Abbado and other well-known conductors such as Trevor Pinnock and Bernard Haitink. By personal invitation of Mr Abbado, he has also been playing in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2008. Additionally, Chaim works regularly as guest principal with orchestras like the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the NDR Orchestra Hamburg. A committed player of 20th century and contemporary music, Chaim participated a number of times in the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he played both in chamber music formations as well as in the orchestra as principal violist under conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Péter Eötvös. He collaborated with composers such as Boulez, Eötvös, and Márton Illés on their pieces, and premiered works by Eötvös, Lachenmann, Pintscher and Stockhausen.