Formed in East Berlin in 1985, The Vogler Quartet quickly established itself as one of the finest quartets of its generation. Mastering a repertoire of over 200 works from all epochs and period music, they are widely celebrated for their extraordinary musical intelligence, highly creative playing with homogenous tone, rich nuances, powerful interpretations and unconventional programming. The four musicians studied at the Hochschule für Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Professor Eberhard Feltz as the mentor of their initial quartet playing. In May 1986 they came to international prominence through winning the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, with the press jury prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work. They were subsequently invited to study with the renowned La Salle Quartet in Basel, Switzerland and at the University of Cincinnati, USA.
Accordionist Dermot Dunne began his performing career after winning the Irish National Music Competition – ‘Musician of the Future’ in 1996. He studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine and now follows a busy career as performer and teacher. He performs regularly at venues and festivals in Ireland and has given chamber music recitals and concerto performances in many European countries and also in the USA, China, Singapore and Qatar. He has performed with leading European musicians including Pekka Kuusisto, Natalie Klein, Katherine Hunka and Ivan Monighetti and has recorded with groups including Crash Ensemble, Lunfardia and the Far Flung Trio. Dermot has recently collaborated with Nick Roth on a live accompaniment to the 1926 silent film ‘The Cohens and the Kellys’ and will perform this together with Nick in Toronto and New York during 2019.
Eugene Mursky was born in Tashkent, the capitol of Uzbekistan in the former USSR. He received his first piano instructions when he was six years old at a youth music school. Two years later, he was admitted to the class of the famous piano pedagogue, Tamar Popovich, at an institute for highly talented children. At the age of twelve, Mursky made his first trip to Moscow to study with Professor Lev Naumov. The following year, at age 13, he achieved his first major success in Tashkent, performing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto as a soloist with the Uzbekistan State Sympohony Orchestra. In 1989 Mursky was awarded the First Prize at the Piano Competition of Uzbekistan. In 1990, he won the “Grand Prix” at the fifth Frunze International Piano Competition.
Clarinetist David Orlowsky is widely recognized as a musician of tremendous expressiveness anddepth, and is acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of the clarinetrepertoire ranging from Mozart to Golijov to klezmer. An exclusive Sony recording artist, David hasrecorded seven discs which have received two ECHO Klassik awards and won him a large anddevoted following.
Grieg Trio was founded in 1987 by Vebjørn Anvik (piano), Sølve Sigerland (violin) and Ellen Margrete Flesjø (cello), and the line-up of the group has remained unchanged ever since. Herein lies perhaps one of the reasons behind the ensemble’s status today as a leading international piano trio.
The Swiss horn player Bruno Schneider, who was born in Lausanne, started to play at the young age of 9 years at the conservatory of La Chaux de Fonds in the class of Robert Faller, who played a major role in his education in horn and canto. Early on the musical talent was discovered by the conductor of l’orchestre de la Suisse Romande Armin Jourdan, and hence played in the orchestra and in the chamber orchestra of Lausanne. In 1975 and 1976 Bruno Schneider performed in the musical youth world orchestra, followed by two years of further studies at the conservatory of Detmold in Germany, where he was taught by Michael Hoeltzel. Having finished his studies, he spend 15 years playing in top-orchestras such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the symphonic orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk and the orchestra of la Suisse Romande. Simultaneously he developed his activities as a teacher, a soloist and a chamber musician. Since 1997 Bruno Schneider is a professor in the conservatories of Geneva and Freiburg, helping young talents in finding their own path. Moreover he regularly travels to the USA, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Finland, and other countries to teach master classes. For ten years the great horn-player has been playing in the Lucerne Festival orchestra, under the conducter Claudio Abado, from which several audio-and film recordings have been made
Malachy Robinson is a dedicated chamber musician, as passionate about Early Music as he is about New Music. He is a founder of the Gregory Walkers, a group performing “Early Music from Ireland and beyond” in which he plays the viola da gamba, and is director of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a revelatory alternative to the standard string quartet.