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Artist visa and classical musician query (Berlin)

Hi all,

I will be moving to Berlin from Kenya (originally from the USA) next year and hopefully applying for the artist visa so I can stay for an extended period of time and work. I am primarily a classical violinist (can also play viola, cello and piano) and was wondering if any others who successfully obtained an artist visa as a musician could provide any advice. Would I be able to freelance as a musician outside of performing, like providing private lessons? Or is it extremely limiting?

I have worked extensively with founding El Sistema projects in East Africa and would like to see if this might also be possible under an artist visa. (For those of you wondering, El Sistema is a music organization that provides free musical training to children in underprivileged areas to create positive social and education change.)

Also, are there any other string musicians out there who might be willing to form a quartet/ensemble?

Danke schön!

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