Micha Afkham was born in Freiburg and studied the viola with Hatto Beyerle in Hanover and Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin. He rounded off his training in masterclasses given by Yuri Bashmet Wolfram Christ, Serge Collot and Herman Krebbers. As a chamber player, he has collaborated with, among others, Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Boris Pergamenschikow, Gidon Kremer and the Beaux Arts Trio. Afkham has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2004, joining the Scharoun Ensemble as violist two years later.