Born in 1984, Meike Bertram spent an extensive time of her life working with Prof. Ulf Schneider at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover.
This is where she also earned her degree as a concert soloist. A year abroad in New York completed her violin studies. Together with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano Quartet she worked intensively at Mannes College of Music in New York.
Other significant influences were by Donald Weilerstein, Benjamin Schmid, Ingolf Turban, Helmut Zehetmair, Hatto Beyerle, Volker Jacobsen and Oliver Wille.
During her studies, Meike Bertram developed an intensive passion for any kind of chamber music, especially for the string quartet.
2001-2013 she was first violinist of the Almandin Quartet.
The Almandin Quartet has garnered widespread critical acclaim, winning the first prize at the Charles Hennen Concours in Heerlen, Netherlands. They were also awarded the Praetorius Music Prize by the German state of Lower Saxony and in 2009 won the prestigious Mendelssohn Competition of German Music Conservatories. The quartet received the Bruno Frey Music Prize, awarded by the Baden Wurttemberg State Music Academy and was a scholarship holder of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and the Villa Musica of the Rhineland Palatinate Foundation.
The Almandin Quartet has appeared on German television and radio networks NDR and SWR and was a regular guest at reputable festivals such as the Usedom Music Festival, the Santa Fiora in Musica in Tuscany and the Aldeburgh Music Festival in England. The Almandin Quartet has made concert appearances in France, Italy, Turkey, England, Finland and Belgium.
Since 2013 Meike Bertram is second violinist of the prestigious Nomos Quartet- known for its exceptional programmes and magnificent engagement for contemporary music.
As a soloist Meike Bertram was very successful as the second prize winner of the International Hindemith competition in Berlin. She was also finalist at the ‘Città di Brescia’ International Violin Competition where she also received the Mario Conter Press Prize.
In addition to that she was awarded a schorlarship by the Richard Wagner Association.
Meike Bertram gained orchestral experience as concertmaster with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Lower Saxony, the German Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and as a substitute with the Radio Orchestras of broadcasters NDR, SWR, HR and RSB.
Over the years Meike Bertram has discovered a growing passion for teaching. She is intensely engaged with her students, who won several prizes at the German regional and national competitions of “Jugend Musiziert”.
Since 2009 she has taught violin at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. Additionally she had got a teaching contract at the University of Music Münster from 2014 -2016.
Meike Bertram inspires her audiences with the originality and authentity of her performance. The interaction of temperament and subtlety leads to an audio experience full of enthrallment, character and personality.
Besides music Meike Bertram is very much interested in psychology and medicine.