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Gerhard Schulz

Gerhard Schulz

Born in Austria into a family of musicians, Gerhard Schulz studied violin with Franz Samohyl, Sándor Végh and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In 1972, upon the invitation of his mentor, Mr. Schulz attended Mr Végh’s violin Master Class at the first International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, which had an invaluable impact on his life as a chamber musician.

Founder of several chamber music groups, including the Salzburg String Trio, the Düsseldorf String Quartet and the Waldstein Ensemble, M. Schultz was also the Concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Orchestra. Since 1978, he has been a member of the world famous Alban Berg Quartet with whom he toured worldwide and made several celebrated recordings.

Currently, M. Schulz is professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and a professor of Chamber Music in Stuttgart.

Günter Pichler

Günter Pichler

Günter Pichler began his studies at the University of Music in Vienna in 1955. He was appointed Leader of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra at eighteen years old, and three years later, Herbert von Karajan engaged him as Leader of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1970, he founded the Alban Berg Quartett and has led this famous quartet ever since. Honorary member of the Vienna Konzerthaus Society as well as Associate Artists of the Royal Festival Hall London, the Alban Berg Quartett was rewarded with more than thirty renowned disc prizes.

Since 1963, M. Pichler has been Professor at the University of Music in Vienna, and since 1993 Guest Professor in Cologne. In 2007 he was appointed head of the Department for Chamber Music at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sophia in Madrid where he mentors many of the finest young European string quartets .

Michael Tree

Michael Tree

A founding member of both the famed Guarneri String Quartet and the Marlboro Trio, Michael Tree was born in Newark, New Jersey. He studied the violin with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Following a Carnegie Hall recital debut, he appeared as a soloist on both the violin and viola with major orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and his native New Jersey. As a chamber musician he has concertized throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music masterpieces; prominent among them are ten piano quintets and quartets with Arthur Rubinstein. Mr. Tree serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute, and the University of Maryland.

Mr. Tree plays a Domenicus Busan viola, dated 1750, from Venice or Hiroshi Iisuka, Philadelphia, dated 1996.

Valentin Erben

Valentin Erben

Born in Austria, Valentin Erben studied cello with Paul Freidel, Walter Reichardt and Tobias Kühne.  In 1963, he attended a masterclass in Siena where he met his future mentor and pedagogue, French cellist André Navarra.  

Winner of the 1968 ARD International Cello Competition in Munich, he returned to Vienna in 1969 and co-founded the world famous Alban Berg Quartet and remained its cellist ever since.  Member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado from 2004-07, in 2013, Valentin Erben has taught at the University of Music in Vienna for more than 40 years.

With a busy schedule of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Erben also gives musical lectures and masterclasses worldwide and is known for his numerous collaborations with composers, singers and dancers.

Stefan Fehlandt

Stefan Fehlandt

Born in former East Germany, Stefan Fehlandt received his musical education at the ”Hanns Eisler” Hochschule Berlin as well as with the LaSalle Quartet at Cincinnati University.  He is a founding member of the Vogler Quartet with whom he has appeared in most of the major venues of Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Alongside working with the quartet, Mr. Fehlandt has built an international career as soloist and chamber musician, performing with such artists as Boris Pergamenschikow, David Geringas, Daniel Müller-Schott, Isabelle Faust, Antje Weithaas, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Ruth Ziesak and the Trio Wanderer.  He regularly appears as a guest artist of renowned international festivals, works as juror of several competitions and foundations and gives masterclasses throughout the world.

Since 2007 Stefan Fehlandt is professor of chamber music and viola at the State University of Music in Stuttgart.

Ruben Aharonian                                                                                                      Sergei Lomovsky

Ruben Aharonian Sergei Lomovsky

Born in 1947 in Riga, Ruben Aharonian studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Yuri Yankelevich, and after graduating continued his studies with Professor Leonid Kogan.  He has won several prizes at international competitions, including the Enescu Competition in Bucharest, the Montreal Competition and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  He joined the Borodin Quartet in 1996, having enjoyed a highly successful career as a soloist and conductor.   

Born in Moscow, Sergei Lomovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Professors Nadezhda Beshkina and Sergey Kravchenko. As a string trio member, he won the Grand Prix at the “Riviera del Conero” Competition in Ancona.  A sought after chamber musician, Mr. Lomovsky has actively participated in chamber music festivals throughout Europe and Russia.  He has been a member of the Moscow Soloists orchestra and joined the Borodin Quartet in 2011.

Igor Naidin                                                                                                                Vladimir Balshin

Igor Naidin Vladimir Balshin

Born in Moscow, Igor Naidin studied at the Conservatory with Professors Maya Glezarova and Yuri Bashmet and, upon graduation, he won the prestigious Viola International Competition in Moscow.  In 1985, he founded the Quartetto Russo with which he won prizes in a number of international competitions including the London International String Quartet Competition, Concertino Pragua and the Bellini competition in Italy.  He joined the Borodin Quartet in 1996.

Born in Moscow, Vladimir Balshin studied at the Conservatory with Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya and, upon graduation, he won several prizes as a chamber musician including one at the London International String Quartet Competition.  He was awarded a special prize by Mstislav Rostropovich at the Paris International Competition and is a laureate of the Tchaikovsky and the Antonio Janigro International Competitions.  He joined the Borodin Quartet in 2007.

Borodin Quartet

Borodin Quartet

The Borodin Quartet was formed in 1945 by four students from the Moscow Conservatory and remains one of the very few existing established chamber ensembles with uninterrupted longevity.  For seven decades, the Borodin Quartet has been celebrated for its insight and authority of the chamber music repertoire.

Equally at home in music ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky, the Quartet is universally recognized for its genuine interpretation of Russian music and revered for its performances of Beethoven and Shostakovich. The Quartet’s connection with Shostakovich’s chamber music is intensely personal, since it was stimulated by a close relationship with the composer, who personally supervised its study of each of his quartets.

In 2015, the Borodin Quartet celebrates its seventieth anniversary with a tour of the world most celebrated concert venues.

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