Petra Müllejans, violin – The German violinist and conductor, Petra Müllejans, studied in Düsseldorf, New York and Freiburg. She completed her studies in performance with Rainer Kußmaul in Freiburg. The sound of the Baroque violin has always fascinated her, leading to studies with Helga Thoene in Düsseldorf and Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg.
A founding member and co-artistic director of the Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans has performed as leader of the Orchestra and as a soloist and chamber musician for a long time. Her performance on the Baroque violin is quite unusual as she combines authentic period style with emotional spontaneity.
Another important aspect of her work is chamber music with soloists: with the Freiburger Barockorchester Consort and The Age of Passions she plays works from the 17th and 18th centuries. For her recordings with the Consort she has received top recording awards (Diapason d’Or). Her extraordinary and spontaneous musicality is particularly evident when she performs Klezmer, Tango and Czardas music. For her, these ‘escapades’ are not at variance with Baroque music; on the contrary they are a vital contribution to her musical development.
Petra Müllejans is a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious music festivals. She teaches the Baroque violin at the Freiburg Conservatory and is professor of Baroque violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.