Gerald Pachinger (clarinet) was born in 1967 in Ried im Innkreis (Upper Austria). After studying with Peter Schmidl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, he has been principal clarinettist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since October 1987 and has also worked in numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Vienna Wind Ensemble and the Vienna Quintet.
Richard Galler, who was born in Graz, studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum and has been solo bassoonist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since September 1987, as well as being a member of various other chamber music groups such as the Vienna Wind Ensemble. Since March 2004 he has been a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Athanasios Ioannou was born in Corfu (Greece) in 1989. He started playing the French horn at the age of eight and completed his studies in Athens with Kostas Siskos. After working in numerous Greek orchestras and a postgraduate diploma at the Graz University of Art and Design, he played as a substitute with numerous top orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphoniker, Tonkünstler Niederösterreich and others and has also played natural tone instruments with the Vienna Concentus Musicus, among others. He has been a horn player in the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013 and its solo horn player since 2016.
Born in Bulgaria in 1978, Kamen Nikolov studied oboe at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, graduating with honors in 2005. After winning several international prizes and working in various orchestras, he has been solo oboist with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011 and guest professor for oboe at the Graz University of the Arts since 2012.
Russian violist Liliya Nigamedzyanova was born in 1987. After completing her studies in Moscow and Ufa, she came to Austria in 2012 to continue her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class of Prof. Silvia Marcovici (violin). During this time, she discovered her love for the sound of the viola and decided to devote herself entirely to this instrument. Since 2014, she has been studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Thomas Selditz.
Ernst Weissensteiner received his musical education at the University of Music in Vienna in the class of Ludwig Streicher.
In 1989, he completed his diploma studies with unanimous honors and the award of a prize by the Federal Ministry of Science and Art. While still a student, Ernst Weissensteiner became a member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and has been the orchestra's solo bassist since 1990.
In 2012, he ended his leadership position at the Vienna Conservatory/Private University and has since been Professor of Double Bass at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. The multiple Prima La Musica award winner Manon Stankovski was admitted to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2012 in the class of Prof. Lieke Te Winkel, where she has been studying concert music since 2014. She was concertmaster of the Lower Austria Youth Symphony Orchestra and traveled across Europe with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. International master classes with Ernst Kovacic, Benjamin Schmid, Detlef Hahn; further musical impulses from Reinhard Latzko and Julian Rachlin.
Ernst Kovacic - violin
Manon Stankovski - violin
Liliya Nigamedzyanova - viola
Reinhard Latzko - cello
Ernst Weissensteiner - double bass
Gerald Pachinger - clarinet
Richard Galler - bassoon
Athanasios Ioannou – French horn
Vanessa Latzko - flute
Kamen Nikolov – oboe
Balint Foldi - trumpet
Translated by Anna Gabriel