- Piano Quartet
Andrzej Ratusinski, born in Poland, studied at the Chopin-Music Academy in Warsaw under Prof. Margerita Trombini-Kazuro. He began his international career in 1973 – as a winner of the International Busoni-Piano-Competition in Bolzano, Italy. The following year, he was awarded the Honour Diploma at the V. International Tchaikowsky Competition.
His sensational debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch at the anniversary concerts of this orchestra in October 1982 gained him access to the biggest concert halls in Europe. He has performed at: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Festspielhaus Salzburg, Berlin Philharmonic, Music Hall Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, La Scala Milano.
Since then, Ratusinski has been a frequent guest in the major music centers, including Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, South America, Australia, and many others. In 1997, he had a very successful South American tour, performing in the most important halls in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
He has played with more than 50 major orchestras under such conductors as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Charles Groves, Witold Rowicki, Nello Santi, Wolfgang Sawallisch, etc.
He has also been invited to the major European Festivals, including the Berliner Festwochen, Bregenzer Festspiele, Flandern-Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, etc.
Since 1982, Ratusinski has been living in Germany. In addition to his solo career, Andrzej Ratusinski was appointed Professor at the State Academy of Music in Stuttgart and has held this position continuously since 1990.
"German genius makes a disarming debut" proclaimed the Washington Times of Mr. Turban´s triumphant American debut in April 1991 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. The Washington Post headlined... "Maazel & Turban, Dazzling the NSO"... During the same season, Mr. Turban also made his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, again to great critical acclaim.
Born in Munich, Germany, and steeped in music from his earliest years, Ingolf Turban studied there with Gerhart Hetzel and later continued his studies in courses with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellerman in New York and Aspen.
At the beginning of Turban´s solo career, when the artist was only 21, Sergiu Celibidache offered him the position as First Concert Master with the Munich Philharmonic. Although this was an extremely important and inspiring time for Turban, he accepted the position for only three years due to his focus on an internationally active career as soloist.
Since then, Ingolf Turban has been a frequent guest in the major music centers of Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Zurich, Paris, Rome, Milano, Vienna and others. He has performed with more than 60 major orchestras under such conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Sergiu Celibidache, Charles Dutoit, Eliahu Inbal, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Marcello Viotti, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Heinz Wallberg, Franz Welser-Möst, etc.
In addition to his solo career, Ingolf Turban was appointed Professor at the State Academy of Music in Stuttgart as successor to Riccardo Odnoposoff and has held this position continuously since 1995.
Hermann Voss was born in Bruenen on the Lower Rhine. He studied violin at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Duesseldorf under Franz Josef Maier and later at the Music Academy in Freiburg under Sándor Vegh. Later, he studied the viola there with Ulrich Koch. Voss was also a participant at the summer courses taught by Pablo Casals in Zermatt, Switzerland in 1959 and 1960.
In 1959, he won first prize at the German Music Academy Competition in Stuttgart and was prize winner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1962. From 1960 to 1967, he was solo violist of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Karl Münchinger and gave many performances as soloist.
He has been the violist of the Melos Quartet since it was established in 1965. Thirty years of chamber music activity were associated with the Melos Quartet, including performances at the most important concert stages and festivals of the 5 continents. In addition, an almost complete repertoire for string quartet and quintet was recorded on labels such as Intercord, DGG, Harmonia Mundi, and so on, many of them winning international awards.
During these years, there were many musical encounters with unique artists, including Ax, Fischer-Dieskau, Rose, Rostropovitsch, Rubinstein, and Solti. In addition, he performed soloist interpretations on the viola and viola d´amore. In addition to these many activities, Voss presented private and public performances of his own musical miniatures and pantomimes with self made figures (marionettes), masks and instruments.
Voss has been instructor for string quartet and professor for Viola and Chamber Music at the State Music Academy in Stuttgart. He has also been lecturer at music festivals with master classes in Ratzenburg and in Oberstdorf and at international master courses in London, Sydney, Tokyo, and at the Academy for String Quartet Interpretation of the "Hindemith Foundation" in Blonay on Lake Geneva.
The Taiwanese cellist was born in Bern in 1965 and studied with Claude Starck in Zurich and with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin. Further artistic stimulation was received at master classes with Janos Starker and David Geringas. At the age of 24, he became first principal cellist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
After winning the first prize at the Geneva International Competition in 1991, he made regular guest appearances in Taiwan, Japan and in the capitals of Europe, in addition to performing in concerts led by such noteworthy conductors as Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Semyon Bychkov and Yuri Temirkanov. Wen-Sinn Yang appears regularly as a guest performer at several music festivals, including those in St. Moritz, Davos, Biel and Dresden.
With the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, Yang has made many soloist appearances, including the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Orchestra's "Musica viva" concerts, the European premiere of Lorin Maazel's Cello Concerto "Music for Cello and Orchestra". Additional performances followed in Italy, Spain, and in the USA and he performed at the opening concert of the "Cultural Olympia" in Atlanta. In 1997, Yang was entrusted with two world premieres: the cello concerts of Huang-Long Pan in Taipei and Kevin Volans in Munich.
Yang's broad repertoire is well documented on several CDs. For La Vergne Classics he has recorded the Solo Suites by J.S. Bach and the cello concerts by Karl Davidov and P.I. Tchaikovsky (Rococo-Variations). The cello concerts by Dvorak and Schumann are issued by Sonoris Records, New York. The new recording of 4 cello concerts by Luigi Boccherini (ARTS Music) utilizes the advanced technology of 24-bit/96 kHz and will be released as DVD as well.
Wen-Sinn Yang is renowned as a prominent pedagogue. He has taught at the music university in Saarbrücken as well as giving master classes throughout Germany and Switzerland