Rouven Schirmer  
Rouven Schirmer
  Rouven Schirmer was born in 1976 in Hildesheim and started his cello lessons at the age of 6, first with Ulrich Birnbaum in Hildesheim and later with Friedrich-Jürgen Sellheim und Klaus Heitz at the music academy in Hanover. From 1998 to 2003, he studied with Wolfgang Boettcher at the University of the Arts in Berlin. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Schirmer was an intern with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic.  
  As a soloist, he has regularly performed with various orchestras and brought the Capriccio for cello and orchestra by Jan Novák to Germany for the first time. Rouven Schirmer received a scholarship from the German National Merit Foundation as well as the Villa Musica Foundation. He has also won multiple prizes in national and international musical competitions including the top prize at the Jugend Musiziert and the international Classica Nova competition in honor of Dmitri Shostakovich.  
  In a duo with pianist Konrad Maria Engel, he received in 1999 a scholarship from the Deutscher Musikrat competition, which placed him on the list to perform in the Concerts of Young Artists series. Besides his concert performances, he also appears on radio, television and on CDs.