Dresdener Oktett, Germany, 2018

Tour Dates: 14th - 24th September, 2018

1st Concertmaster: Matthias Wollong, Concertmaster: Jörg Faßmann
Concertmaster: Norbert Anger, Principal Viola: Sebastian Herberg
Principal Bass: Andreas Wylezol, Principal Clarinet: Wolfram Große
Principal Bassoon: Joachim Hans, Principal Horn: Robert Langbein

Tour Dates
  • 14th - 24th September, 2018

1st Concertmaster: Matthias Wollong

Matthias Wollong was born in Berlin in 1968 and began taking violin lessons at age five. After studying at the special school for music in Berlin, Werner Scholz accepted him into his master class in 1984.

From 1987 till 1989, Matthias Wollong studied with legendary violinist and teacher Tibor Varga in Switzerland. He concertized in Germany, France and Switzerland as concertmaster and soloist of the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra during this time. He has appeared as a soloist under such prominent conductors as Heinz Wallberg, Adam Fischer, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Marek Janowski and Sir Colin Davis, and orchestras such as the ORF Symphony Orchestra, the RSO Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Weimar, and Philharmonic orchestras in Suhl, Halle, Cottbus etc.

He has been first concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 1999, after holding the same position with the RSO Berlin from 1991 till 1999. Since summer 2001, he has also been first concertmaster at the Bayreuth Festival. He has also led tours and concerts as conductor of the German Chamber Orchestra and the New Berlin Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and has led projects of the Staatskapelle Dresden (evening performances), the Berlin Youth String Orchestra and the Stringendo Zurich Orchestra. Matthias Wollong teaches as professor at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany. Matthias Wollong plays an Andreas Guarneri violin from 1676.

Concertmaster: Jörg Faßmann

Born in Dessau in 1966, Jörg Faßmann started violin lessons at the age of five. Only four years later he gave his solo debut with an orchestra. He studied violin from 1983 to 1989 at the Leipzig Conservatory of Music under Gustav Schmahl and Klaus Hertel as well as under Reinhard Ulbricht in Dresden. He has been a prize-winning entrant in international violin competitions.

After joining the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1987, Jörg Faßmann became deputy concertmaster in 1989. Alongside his orchestral duties, he has been a member of the Dresden String Trio since 1995, during which time the group has performed many concerts in Europe and elsewhere and produced numerous CDs.

In addition he has collaborated for many years with the pianist Gunther Anger, frequently appearing at chamber music festivals and performing regularly in the Semperoper Dresden. As a solo performer he has been invited to appear with a number of German orchestras on tour in Italy and in Asia. Furthermore, since 1991 Jörg Faßmann has been on the faculty of Dresden’s Conservatory of Music. In 2009 he was appointed to teach a masterclass at the Conservatorio Real Superior in Granada. In the same year he was invited to give concerts and workshops at the University of Wisconsin.

Concertmaster(cello section): Norbert Anger

In recent times the German cellist Norbert Anger is regarded as one of the most outstanding interpreters in the music scene. Earlier in his successful career he aroused public interest by winning International competitions like the Vibrarte in Paris and the Domenico Gabrielli in Berlin. Since his winning at the largest and most renowned music competitions worldwide, he has been a constant feature at international concerts.

As a soloist with major orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, Staatskapelle Dresden and Beethovenorchester Bonn he has played also in among others the Comédie des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Semperoper Dresden. In addition, he is devoted to chamber music and performs with names like C.Eschenbach, W.E.Schmidt at international music festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele etc.

As a result of his victory in the 21st competition Deutscher Musikinstrumentenfond he was entrusted with a violoncello made by Andrea Guaneri as a funding commitment by the Dr. Meyer-Struckmann Foundation. He helds the position of concertmaster of the cello section of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2013 and teaches at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar as an assistant of W.E.Schmidt.

Principal Viola: Sebastian Herberg

Sebastian Herberg was born in Potsdam in 1968, where he was received his first viola lessons at the local music school. From 1984 to 1990 he studied at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar under Thomas Wünsch, principal viola of the MDR Symphony Orchestra.

After leaving college his first engagement was with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at Berlin’s Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, where he was principal viola from 1991 to 1994. During this time he was also a graduate student at the Hanns Eisler College of Music in Berlin, studying under Alfred Lipka.

In August 1994 Sebastian Herberg was appointed principal voila of the Staatskapelle Dresden. In addition he is on the faculty of the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory of Music, where he tutors young violists.

He has appeared in concert in Germany and abroad as a soloist as well as a member of the »Dresden String Trio«, which he joined in 1995. Sebastian Herberg has already released six CDs as a soloist and chamber musician.

Principal Bass: Andreas Wylezol

Born in Berlin, Andreas Wylezol studied at the College of Music in Weimar. He went on to win prizes at international competitions in Germany, Italy and France, and also gained early orchestral experience as principal double bass of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

In 1989 he was appointed to this position with the Staatskapelle Dresden. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with the Kapelle and other orchestras under conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli and Sir Colin Davis.

Wylezol is one of the founding members of Claudio Abbado’s Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and since 2007 has played with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

He is regularly invited to tutor international youth orchestras and since 2005 has held a professorship at the Detmold College of Music.

Principal Clarinet: Wolfram Große

Born in Weimar in 1966, Wolfram Große took clarinet lessons from the age of ten. In 1980 he became a pupil at the Spezialschule für Musik in Berlin before going on to study from 1984 to 1988 under Ewald Koch at the Hanns Eisler College of Music, also in Berlin.

Wolfram Große’s career as an orchestral musician began in 1988 when he was became deputy principal clarinet of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. From 1989 to 1999 he was principal clarinet at Frankfurt Opera.

In 1999 he joined the Staatskapelle Dresden in the same position. Since 2000 Wolfram Große has also been principal clarinet of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. In addition to his orchestra duties he is a member of the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Dresden.

As a chamber musician and soloist Wolfram Große has won prizes at several competitions, for example in Munich, Markneukirchen and Colmar. In 2002 he was awarded the Fritz Busch Prize by the Semperoper Foundation.

Principal Bassoon: Joachim Hans

Born in Hachenburg (Westerwald) in 1972, Joachim Hans began to take lessons in the bassoon at the age of 13. His first teachers were Michael Heinen of the Rheinische Philharmonie State Orchestra and Eckhard Mayer of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rheinland-Palatinate.

From 1990 to 1993 he was a member of the Rheinland-Palatinate Youth Orchestra. He attended Freiburg’s College of Music from 1992, where he studied under Karl-Otto Hartmann. In 1994 he was appointed to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, travelling with its chamber orchestra on diverse tours. Only one year later he received his first permanent appointment as sub-principal bassoon of the Badische Staatskapelle of Karlsruhe. In the same year he joined the ranks of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra as principal bassoon.

Since 1996 he has held this position with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and since 1999 has also performed with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician Joachim Hans plays in diverse groups such as the Carus Ensemble Dresden, the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Dresden as well as the Kammerharmonie of the Staatskapelle Dresden. In addition to his orchestral duties Joachim Hans is on the faculty of the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory of Music.

Principal Horn: Robert Langbein

Born in Chemnitz, Robert Langbein attended the Belvedere Music School in Weimar. He continued his musical training at Weimar Music College under Rainer Heimbuch and, from 2001, in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler College of Music as well as the University of the Arts under Christian-Friedrich Dallmann. While still a student he received his first appointment as principal horn of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin before joining the Staatskapelle in the same position in 2005.

In the 2013/2014 season Langbein was artist-in-residence at the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Robert Langbein is a popular soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, the Radio Philharmonic Hanover, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.

Robert Langbein is also active as an educator, teaching at the University of the Arts in Berlin before joining the faculty of the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory of Music in 2009, where he became Professor for Horn in 2013. In addition he lectures on brass performance at numerous courses (Sorbian National Ensemble) and gives masterclasses (Pacific Music Festival, Sapporo, Dresden Masterclasses Music).

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