"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

Bartholdy Quintet

2009 was the year in which the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth: at that moment, after one of their numerous joint performances on stage, the five renowned musicians who today form the Bartholdy Quintet decided to create a permanent ensemble. They were also thrilled to discover that the literature for string quintet holds a treasure-trove of truly beautiful gems still waiting to be discovered and performed. Thus, each one of this ensemble’s well-versed members is able to bring many years of chamber music experience into an intense, ongoing collaboration resulting in thoroughly homogenous interpretations at the highest technical level.

Ulf Schneider

studied violin with Jens Ellermann, Felix Galimir and Thomas Zehetmair. As a member of the Jean Paul Trio, of which he is co-founder, he won First Prizes in renowned international chamber music competitions in Osaka, Melbourne and Bonn. Schneiders musical activities in duo, with the Jean Paul Trio, and as quintet member and his collaborations in music/text programmes with well-known actors lead him to appear on a regular basis in concert series and festivals all over Europe, North and South America, and Australia. He holds a post as Professor of Violin at Hannover Music Academy.

Anke Dill

studied violin with Nora Chastain, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yair Kless and Donald Weilerstein. She is the recipient of a number of awards, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician in a number of formations all over Europe as well as in Japan, China and the US. She was appointed Professor of Violin at Stuttgart Music Academy in 2004.

Volker Jacobsen

studied viola with Barbara Westphal. Displaying a very early interest in chamber music, he went on to found the renowned Artemis Quartet in 1989, of which he remained a member until 2007. Jacobsen taught chamber music at Berlin University of the Arts and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. Since 2007 he has been dividing his activities between his post as professor at Hannover Music Academy and a great number of free-lance appearances as violist worldwide.

Barbara Westphal

studied viola with Itzhak Perlman, as well as with Michael Tree (of the Guarneri Quartet). In 1983 she won the highest awarded prize in the solo viola category at the Munich ARD Competition, along with the Gebrüder-Busch Preis. From 1978 to 1985 she was a member of the US-based Delos Quartet, with which she also made a series of recordings, apart from her own acclaimed recordings as solo violist. She holds a professorship for viola at Lübeck Music Academy.

Gustav Rivinius

Cellist, is the first and only German musician ever to have been awarded the First Prize Gold Medal at the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition (1990). He has made a great number of appearances with renowned orchestras in Germany and abroad, also collaborating in chamber music with colleagues such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Sharon Kam. He is a founder of the Gasparo da Salò Trio and of the Tammuz Piano Quartet. He holds a professorship for cello at Saarbrücken Music Academy.


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