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Goldmund Quartet ゴルトムント・クァルテット

© Gregor Hohenberg



  • Stradivarius ”Paganini Quartet”
  •  Stradivarius 1680 Violin ”Paganini”
  •  Stradivarius 1727 Violin ”Paganini”
  •  Stradivarius 1731 Viola ”Paganini”
  •  Stradivarius 1736 Cello ”Paganini”

Florian Schötz (1st vn)
Pinchas Adt (2nd vn)
Christoph Vandory (va)
Raphael Paratore (vc)

Formed in 2010, the Goldmund Quartet is now counted amongst one of the most exciting young string quartets in Europe. Educated by Günther Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia and the Artemis Quartet in Berlin, the Quartet has received important artistic impulses in master classes with the Hagen, Borodin, Belcea, Ysaÿe and Cherubini quartets. The Quartet has been awarded several prizes including the second prize at the International Wigmore Hall String Competition 2018 and the first prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018. They have also been named Rising Stars 2019/20 by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) as well as recipients of the 2020 Jürgen Ponto Foundation music prize. Since their debut, the Quartet has appeared at numerous international festivals such as Rheingau, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Festival de Música y Danza Granada as well as notable halls including Musikverein Graz, Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, Elbphilharmonie and the KKL Lucerne. Named ECHO Rising Stars of the 2019/20 season, the Goldmund Quartet will perform in many of the most prestigious halls around Europe such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. In October 2016 NAXOS released their debut CD with works by Joseph Haydn which garnered great reviews from the BBC, The Strad Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide. Their second album including string quartets by Shostakovich was released on Berlin Classics in July 2018.


© Felix Broede



Veronika Eberle was born in Donauworth, Southern Germany in 1988. She began taking violin lessons at six at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich. Since 2001, Veronika has been studying under Ana Chumachenco at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

She won the grand prize of the Yfrah Neaman International Competition in Mainz in 2003. At the age of sixteen, she performed Beethoven's violin concerto with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, which brought her to international attention. Her appearances with the world's leading orchestras are such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Ochestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She regularly performs with Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Robin Ticciati and Allan Gilbert. She received awards including the Audience Awards at the Schleswig-Holstein and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. Also as a dedicated chamber musician, she performs with distinguished musicians such as Shai Wosner, Lars Vogt, Renaud Capuçon and Antoine Tamestitk, and appears at the Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Summer Festival as well as the Mozart Week 2015 in a trio project with Mitsuko Uchida. She received support from the Borletti Buitoni Trust between 2008 and 2011 and was selected as the artist of the BBC young generation scheme and the "Junge Wilde" in Dortmund.

SUYOEN KIM キム・スーヤン

© FelixBroede



Suyoen Kim was born in Münster, Germany in 1987. She received her first violin lesson at the age of five and went on to study at the University of Music Detmold, Münster Campus under Helge Slaatto.

After having obtained her master's degree in 2010 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich under Ana Chumachenco, she participated in the Further Masters Studies at Kronberg Academy until summer 2012. As her talent has already drawn international attention in her early years, she was referred to as a "brand new world star" by Danish "The Jutland Post" in 2003. In the same year, she won the first prize as well as the audience award and the prize for the best interpretation of Contemporary Music at the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition. She was also the first prize winner of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover in 2006. She has performed with internationally acclaimed conductors such as Kurt Masur, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung and Andris Nelsons. Also as a passionate chamber musician, she performed with renowned musicians such as Marta Argerich, Yuri Bashmet and Myung-Whun Chung recently. Her first album of Hartmann's "Concerto funebre" with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Pietari Inkinen was recommended by BBC Radio 3 as the best available recording of this concerto. Her latest recording of Beethoven's violin concerto and two Romances was released by Deutsche Grammophon in March 2016. She became a first concertmaster of the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin in 2018 and a member of Artemis Quartett in 2019.


© Brandon Ilaw



American violinist Stella Chen plays on the Stradivarius 1708 Violin "Huggins" on loan from Nippon Music Foundation as part of the prize. She studied at The Juilliard School under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho and at the New England Conservatory under Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried.She also received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Harvard University in 2015 through the Harvard/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program.

Currently, she is a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at The Julliard School studying under Li Lin, Donald Weilerstein, and Catherine Cho. She has received numerous prizes at competitions such as the 2017 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and the 2008 Menuhin Competition. Her appearance with world renowned orchestras includes the Belgian National Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Orquestra Filarmónica de Medellín, London Chamber Orchestra, and Welsh National Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared at notable festivals such as Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, the Sarasota Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and YellowBarn. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Robert Levin, Roger Tapping, Miriam Fried, members of St. Martin in the Fields, and the Silk Road Ensemble.


© Stefan Ruiz



Born in 1989, Benjamin Beilman studied at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. He went on to further study at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff.

His international career was launched after winning two first prizes at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York both in 2010. In 2014, he was chosen as a fellowship of London’s prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust which supports outstanding young musicians. He was also recognized as the young promising musician by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Strad magazine. He has performed with notable conductors and orchestras including Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed at the Louvre and Wigmore Hall, as well as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo (California) and Verbier Festival. His debut album “Spectrum” was released from Warner Classics in March 2016.


© Vahan Mardirossian



Born in Ruse, Bulgaria in 1976, Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at five at the music school in Ruse. Later he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow at the Conservatoire de Paris.

He has won numerous prizes at many international competitions including the Indianapolis, the Long-Thibaud, and the Melbourne Chamber. In 2001, he won the first prize as well as the special audience prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a Bach concerto at the first Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. As a soloist, he has performed with the world's renowned conductors such as Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Myung-Whun Chung and François-Xavier Roth. Greatly trusted by the conductor Myung-Whun Chung, in 2005, he was appointed as the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from 2007 to 2015. Aside from his concert activities, he became a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris as the successor to Kantorow in 2008. Since April 2015, he has been serving as the artistic director and the artist in residence of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.

RAY CHEN レイ・チェン

© Tom Doms



Born in Taiwan in 1989 and raised in Australia, Ray Chen is the winner of the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in London and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. At the age of fifteen, he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand.

He has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra (USA). On Bastille Day in 2015, he joined Daniel Gatti and the Orchestre National de France for a televised concert on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris in front of an audience of over 800,000. His premiere album "Virtuoso" released on Sony Classical in 2011 received glowing reviews from major publications and won the Germany's prestigious ECHO Klassik Award of the same year. His third recording, an all-Mozart's album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, was released in 2014.

ANGELO XIANG YU アンジェロ・シャン・ユー



Born in Inner Mongolia, China, Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu received his early music training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He moved to the United States in 2008 and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, as well as the Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. He joined the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory in 2016.
He is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, as well as a recipient of the 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artists Award. He has recently performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, as well as the Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As an active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in numerous world-renowned venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Louvre Auditorium in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Oslo Opera House, Allice Tully Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall. He has also appeared as a guest artist at leading music festivals worldwide, such as Verbier, Ravinia, Music @ Menlo, Sarasota, Bergen, and Aspen Music Festivals. In 2017, he joined the roster of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
吉田 南 Minami Yoshida

© Akira Muto



Born in Nara, a traditional ancient city of Japan, in 1998, Minami Yoshida became one of the most promising violinists. After studying at the Toho Gakuen Music High School, she graduated from the Toho Gakuen College of Music Soloist Diploma Course as an honor student. She is currently studying at the New England Conservatory of Music with the Dean’s scholarship and in the Tokyo College of Music’s Artist Diploma Program as an Honorary Scholarship student. She is studying with Miriam Fried, Koichiro Harada and Kyoko Takezawa.

She won the numerous prizes at the prestigious competitions such as the Montreal International Music Competition in 2016, the Sibelius International Violin Competition in 2015 and the Music Competition of Japan in 2014. She also received the 3rd Arion-Toho Music Award, the 7th Tokiko Iwatani Award Foundation for Youth, and the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant Award. She is a recipient of scholarships from the Tan Family Education Foundation and Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation. After her debut with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12, she has continued to be featured with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and many orchestras in Japan..


© Jung Keunho



Born in Seoul in 1995, Ji Young Lim started the violin at the age of seven. She studied at the Korea National University of Arts under Nam Yun Kim and Kronberg Academy in Germany under Mihaela Martin. Currently she pursues further development at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

In 2015, she won the first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. She has also received a number of prizes at international competitions including the Indianapolis, the Montreal International and the Henri Marteau. She is active performing with the prestigious orchestras and touring worldwide as a recitalist. She also appears in numerous international music festivals. She released her debut album of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas from Warner Classics in July 2017.


© Masashige Ogata



    Stradivarius 1725 Violin "Wilhelmj"
Yasuko Ohtani is one of the leading violinists in Japan in terms of both talent and popularity. This year marks the 46th Anniversary of her debut. Celebrated for her bright stage presence and warm musicality, she is acclaimed as the “singing violin”. Ohtani graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and subsequently completed her doctoral degree at the university’s graduate school. During her studies, she began her solo career, and was invited to and highly praised for her recitals in Vienna, Rome, Cologne and Berlin, as well as Salzburg and Toronto Music Festival. She has also performed with renowned orchestras both nationally and internationally including the Slovakia Philharmonic and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Most notably, she drew attention for her unprecedented feat of performing two concerts of four concertos each in one day.
In 2017, she gave a recital at the Vienna Musikverein. In the summer of the same year, she performed with the prestigious Moscow Philharmonic on their Japan tour and received critical acclaim. Since 2017 she has been invited each year to appear with the Kiev Philharmonic and will perform with the orchestra in September 2022. In May 2019, she went on a national tour (12 cities) with talented pianist Itamar Golan. Her latest CD is a collection of French masterpieces recorded with Itamar Golan. Her numerous CD releases include bestseller “La Traviata fantasy” as well as her highly regarded “R. Strauss/Beethoven Sonata No.5 (Pianist: Itamar Golan)” among others. Her autobiography “Violinist, kyo mo hashiru!/ Violinist runs today!”(KADOKAWA) was released in 2018. She is also an MC and regular performer on the TV music program “Ongaku Kosaten”. She is a recipient of the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ “Art Festival Award”. She is a professor at Tokyo College of Music and a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. She also serves as Chair of the Nerima Cultural Promotion Association, Cultural Ambassador of Kawasaki City, Kochi Prefecture Tourism Special Envoy, and Board member of the Japan Symphony Foundation and Japan Federation of Musicians.

© Shigeto Imura



Yuki Manuela Janke was born to a German father and a Japanese mother in Munich in 1986 and received her first violin lessons at three. After the early success at the age of five in the Jugend Musiziert, a German competition for young musicians, she made a successful debut as a soloist performing with an orchestra in Germany at the age of nine.

In 2001, she won the highest score at the Bundes-competition, followed by many first prizes at international competitions such as the Louis-Spohr Competition in Weimar and the Johannes-Brahms in Pörtschach. In 2004, she won the second prize (with no first prize winner) at the International Paganini Competition as well as all three special prizes. In 2007, she was awarded the third prize at the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition and the first prize at the Sarasate International Violin Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with notable orchestras such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the National Philharmonic Orchestra (UK). She had served as the first female concertmaster in the 460-year-history of the Staatskapelle Dresden for two years since 2012. In August 2015, she was appointed as the concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin.





Born in Madrid in 1991, Pablo Ferrández began studying music with his parents at three. He then continued his studies under María de Macedo and Asier Polo. At thirteen, he was granted admission to the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid where he studied under Natalia Shakhovskaya. He currently studies under Frans Helmerson at Kronberg Academy in Germany.

He is the first prize winner of the 2008 Liezen International Cello Competition. In 2013, he received the second prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition and the Edmond de Rothschild prize at Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. Also, he was the prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. He has performed with notable orchestras including the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Both as a soloist and a chamber musician, he is regularly invited to international music festivals such as the Rheingau, the Verbier, the Casals, the Spivakov, the Santander and the Kronberg. He also frequently performs with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter's Virtuosi, and in March 2017, he performed Brahms' Double Concerto with her and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


© Dan Carabas



French-Belgian Cellist Camille Thomas studied with Frans Helmerson at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.
In 2014 she was chosen by Musiq'3 - RTBF to represent Belgium at the European Broadcasting Union Competition, where she was awarded the 1st prize and named “New Talent of the Year”. That same year, she was nominated Newcomer of the year 2014 by the French-Grammys ‘ Les Victoires de la Musique’. In 2017 she was awarded an ECHO Klassik Prize and subsequently became the first cellist in 40 years to be signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon. She has worked with conductors including Paavo Jarvi, Mikko Franck, Marc Soustrot, Darrell Ang, Kent Nagano, Stephane Deneve and with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmoniem Bremen, Academia Santa Cecilia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Staatsorchester Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and the Brussels Philharmonic. In April 2018, she gave the world premiere of Fazil Say’s Cello concerto “Never Give Up”, which was dedicated to her, in the Theatre des Champs-Elysees with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Douglas Boyd. In 2018 she was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, the “annual encyclopedia of creative disruption and youthful visionaries featuring young stars across 20 different industries.”
MARIA DUENAS マリア・ドゥエニャス



Born in Granada, Spain in 2002, violinist Maria Duenas studies with Boris Kuschnir at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In 2021, she won the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the senior division in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition.

She also won the first prizes at the numerous international competitions for young artists including the Zhuhai Mozart International Violin Competition, Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition and the Leonid Kogan Music Competition In 2017, she received the Kronberg Academy “Prince of Hesse” Prize as the youngest recipient as well as the first prize at the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition as a member of Hamamelis Quartet. Her solo engagements in 2019/20 include a debut performance with the Russian National Orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov, Galician and Lahti Symphony Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony with Marek Janowski, and a tour with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her debut recitals include performances in the Vienna Musikverein and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg as well as at the 2019 Verbier Festival. She has also collaborated with the Catalonian composer Jordi Cervelló and premiered his works which were dedicated to her.


© Marco Borggreve



Sergey Khachatryan was born into a musical family in Armenia in 1985. He studied with Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe Music Academy in Germany. He won the first prize at the 2000 International Sibelius Competition at fifteen as the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the 2005 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium.

He has performed with the world's leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and all major orchestras in London.With his pianist sister Lusine Khachatryan, he has performed recitals at renowned halls including Wigmore Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Palais des Beaux Arts and Carnegie Hall. In 2014, he received the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and awarded a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. His CD albums including the most recent album "My Armenia" released in December 2015 have been highly praised by the world's major music magazines and press.


List of Instrument Loan Recipients

Kenichiro Aiso

Pinchas Adt (Goldmund Quartet)

Paolo Andreoli (Quartetto di Cremona)

Eiji Arai

Andrey Baranov

Lisa Batiashvili

Martin Beaver (Tokyo String Quartet)

Benjamin Beilman

Pavel Berman

Ray Chen

Stella Chen

Junko Chiba

William Coleman (Kuss Quartett)

Andrew Dawes

María Dueñas

Veronika Eberle

Pablo Ferrández

Julia Fischer

Vilde Frang

Ryoichi Fujimori

Hamao Fujiwara

Karen Gomyo

Ryu Goto

Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona)

Clive Greensmith (Tokyo String Quartet)

Cristiano Gualco (Quartetto di Cremona)

Clemens Hagen (Hagen Quartet)

Lukas Hagen (Hagen Quartet)

Veronika Hagen (Hagen Quartet)

Viviane Hagner

Mikayel Hakhnazaryan (Kuss Quartett)

Koichiro Harada

Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartet)

Risa Hokamura

Yuzuko Horigome

Geza Hosszu-Legocky

Kikuei Ikeda (Tokyo String Quartet)

Judith Ingolfsson

Danjulo Ishizaka

Kazuhide Isomura (Tokyo String Quartet)

Steven Isserlis

Yuki Manuela Janke

Mayuko Kamio

Eiko Kano

Josef Karlicek

Daishin Kashimoto

Ikuko Kawai

Tamaki Kawakubo

Sergey Khachatryan

Suyoen Kim

Mayu Kishima

Hibiki Kobayashi

Mikhail Kopelman (Tokyo String Quartet)

Jana Kuss (Kuss Quartett)

Ji Young Lim

Wei Liu

Hiroka Matsumoto

Anne Akiko Meyers

Shion Minami

Shlomo Mintz

Fumiaki Miura

Koji Morishita

Kota Nagahara

Yasuko Ohtani

Akiko Ono

Manrico Padovani

Raphael Paratore (Goldmund Quartet)

Alina Pogostkina

Svetlin Roussev

Shunske Sato

Giovanni Scaglione (Quartetto di Cremona)

Rainer Schmidt

Florian Schötz (Goldmund Quartet)

Erik Schumann

Machiko Shimada

Hyun-Su Shin

Sayaka Shoji

Baiba Skride

Arabella Miho Steinbacher

Issac Stern

Akiko Suwanai

Radoslaw Szulc

Kyoko Takezawa

Takeshi Takezawa

Nozomi Terasawa

Camille Thomas

Naho Uemura

Miyo Umezu

Christoph Vandory (Goldmund Quartet)

Reiko Watanabe

Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett)

Kazuhito Yamane

Kanako Yanagida

Toru Yasunaga

Kyoko Yoshida

Minami Yoshida

Angelo Xiang Yu

Nikolaj Znaider

Pinchas Zukerman

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