Tanja Becker-Bender was early on awarded top prizes at international competitions, where she performed with renowned orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart SWR and the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin. She is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals. Her latest CD for Hyperion Records, which includes Paganini’s 24 caprices, Schulhoff’s works for violin and piano, Reger’s violin concerto and Respighi’s works for violin and piano, was awarded numerous distinctions by the international press (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone and Classic FM, Disc of the Month, BBC Music Magazine, “Outstanding Award”, International Record Review, “Star of the Month”, Fonoforum). Working with contemporary composers is of special importance to her, leading to cooperation with Peter Ruzicka, Cristóbal Halffter, Peteris Vasks and Michael Gielen. Tanja Becker-Bender has also performed premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Rolf Hempel and Benedict Mason. During this season, a CD of Paul Hindemith’s sonatas, played together with pianist Péter Nagy, and recordings of concertos by Strauss, Busoni and Ligeti will be released. Tanja Becker-Bender studied with the leading quartet musicians of the world, with Wilhelm Melcher (Melos Quartet) in Stuttgart, with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) in Vienna and with Rober Mann (Juilliard String Quartet) in New York. Important impulses came from Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados. Already in 2006 she was appointed professor at the University of Music in Saarbruecken and since 2009 she has been teaching as a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.