Constantin Hartwig was born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany in 1992, and began playing the tuba as a 13-year-old. After receiving initial instruction on the tuba from his father Rainer Hartwig for one year, he attended the Musikhochschule in Saar, Germany as a pre-college student and then went on to study with Jens Bjørn-Larsen at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in 2012.
In 2016 Constantin Hartwig successfully entered two important music competitions: He was named a prize-winner at both the German Music Competition as well as the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments. He was also a prize-winner at several national and international competitions with his brass quintet LJO-Brass, which was founded in 2007. The ensemble earned a place among leading professional ensembles by winning the Jan Koetsier Competition in 2010 and was recognized by German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk for chamber music performances of the highest caliber.
Constantin Hartwig has received scholarships from the German Music Competition, the Dieter Kissel Foundation, the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Zukunftsinitiative Rheinland-Pfalz. He has performed as a soloist with, among others, the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate and the Rhineland-Palatinate state youth orchestra.
He has performed as a regular member of numerous renowned German orchestras and ensembles. After a short-term contract with the Dortmund Philharmonic, he made guest appearances with the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, German Brass, Ensemble Modern, the German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Munich Symphony and the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, to mention only a few.
Constantin Hartwig appeared as a guest artist at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Mosel Music Festival, the Weilburg Schlosskonzerte, the Hitzacker Summer Music Festival and the Mittelrhein Music Festival. He gained further musical insight by taking part in master classes given by Stefan Ambrosius, Wilfried Brandstötter, Stefan Tischler, Stefan Heimann, Jörg Wachsmuth and Jürgen Wirth.
Photography: Tobias Epp
Works by Roland Szentpáli, Arild Plau, William Kraft, John D. Stevens and John Harmon
Constantin Hartwig, Tuba