biography

For eight years, the internationally acclaimed Alinde Quartet has concertized from Cologne across Europe. The quartet has been a laureate of numerous international competitions, most recently garnering the third prize at the 2018 International Chamber Music Competition Pinerolo Torino— the highest prize ever awarded to a string quartet in the competition’s history— after only one year together in their current formation.

 

The quartet has been invited to perform across Europe at renowned festivals such as Verbier, Aldeburgh Residencies, Chamber Music European Meetings in Bordeaux, and Mozartfest Würzburg, and has been received warmly in such halls as Konzerthaus Berlin, the Kölner Philharmonie, WDR Funkhaus Köln (West German Radio Hall), and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

 

Informed by their passions for literature, history, and performance practice, audience interaction is fundamental to Alinde's concert model. On-stage and off, they are avid educators; they make their home at the Ida Bieler Music Academy, where they rehearse, teach, and perform. Educational engagements this summer include leading a collaborative youth orchestra comprised of students from the Ida Bieler Academy and AMA Ensemble (Italy) in an Italian tour of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and orchestra, as well as heading up the SummerMusicAcademy Schloss Hundisburg, where they will be performing the principal positions in the orchestra and leading sectionals. In a seasons-long tradition, they regularly compose and perform family concerts under the auspices of WDR.

 

The Alindes have been fortunate to have studied with two of the greatest names in chamber music: Professors Günther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett) at the Escuela Superior di Musica Reina Sofia Madrid and Eberhard Feltz at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. In the fall they will continue their masters studies in the class of Prof. Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett) in Basel. Names like Sir Prof. András Schiff, Erich Höbarth, Ferenc Rados, Christoph Richter, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Richard Gwilt, Alessandro Moccia, Lynn Harrell, and Ida Bieler have also provided formative impulses.

 

The quartet takes its name from Franz Schubert’s setting of D.Fr. Rochlitz’s poem “Alinde” (D904).

 

June 2018

 

 

1st Violin

Born in Terni, Italy, Eugenia Ottaviano studied in Cremona with Prof. Salvator Accardo at the famous Walther Stauffer Academy and continued her education at the Musikhochschule Cologne with Charles André Linale and Keiko Wataya, where she received her diploma in 2005 with highest marks.

 

In 2013, Eugenia completed her postgraduate studies with Prof. Ida Bieler in Düsseldorf with excellence. As founding member and first violinist of the Alinde Quartet, she studied with Prof. Eberhardt Feltz in Berlin and later with Prof. Günther Pichler in Madrid in 2015 - 2016. Eugenia works regularly with many of Europe’s finest musicians and composers, such as Sir András Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Gabor Takacs Nagy, Jörg Widmann und Wolfgang Rihm. Together with her Alinde Quartet, Eugenia is prizewinner of numerous competitions including the International Chamber Music Competition “Salieri Zinetti” 2015 in Verona, the Schmolz und Bickenbach Competition 2010 in Düsseldorf und the Internationalen Chamber Music Competition in Pinerolo 2013. Outside of her work with the quartet, she is active around Europe as a chamber musician in Trio Ottaviano with Alessio Pianelli and Marco Scilironi, as duo recitalist (with pianists such as James Maddox and Alberto Carnevale Ricci) and in various formations with artists like Ida Bieler, Oren Shevlin, Patrick Messina, and Valentino Zucchiatti.

 

Additionally, she has appeared with many orchestras. She has played with Orchestra da Camera Italiana (Salvatore Accardo) and substitutes regularly with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne since 2013. Eugenia served as teaching assistant to Prof. Ida Bieler and leads the Ida Bieler Music Academy in Cologne. She plays a violin by François-Louis Piqué from the year 1790.

 

 

2nd Violin

Guglielmo Dandolo Marchesi was born in 1992 into a musical family and began to play the violin at the age of 4. He has garnered many awards, including first prize with excellence at the International Competition “Giovani Talenti” in S. Bartolomeo, the “Alfonso Rossi” prize at the Competition “Postacchini” in Fermo, and first prize at the International Competition "Cittá di Maccagno" 2009. In 2012 he won the second prize at the “Filarmonica della Scala” Competition for young violinists. He has appeared frequently as soloist in the famous Sala Verdi in Milan. Having completed his studies with excellence with Caterina Carlini in Milan and with Prof. Mihaela Martin in Cologne, he is currently continuing his masters studies with Alessandro Moccia in Gent. In masterclasses, he has worked with Oleksander Semchuk, Massimo Marin, Francesco Manara, Dor Schwarzberg and Simone Bernardini.

 

While pursuing a contract with the Gürzenich Orchester Cologne and his work with Alinde Quartet, he plays in the successful Trio Dandolo with his siblings. He is also lovingly dedicated to historical violin performance.

 

 

Viola

Violist Erin Kirby, born in Atlanta, USA, has enjoyed various influences from around the world. As representative of her country and her Hochschule, she was invited to the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, UK, and the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition, Berlin. Apart from her engagements with the quartet, she is violist of the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and Takeover!Ensemble, with whom she will be a guest in the 2018 season at Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Die Glocke Bremen, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Residenz Munich, Philharmonie Essen, and more.

 

She performs frequently as a chamber musician and has appeared with such artists as the Schumann Quartett, Hubert Buchberger, Isang Enders, Julio Elizalde, Benedict Klöckner, Tessa Lark, Susanna Stoodt, and Esa Tapani. She was a Chamber Music Fellow at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, USA, and participated in masterclasses such as the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

 

After her studies in Atlanta with Marilyn Seelman, Erin studied under Carol Rodland at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, followed by studies with Paul Hersh a the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She completed her masters studies with Roland Glassl at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. A winner of the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Concerto Competition and soloist with Eastman Collegium Musicum, she has pursued an interest in early music, appearing with members of the American Bach Soloists, and taken instruction from Petra Müllejans, Bernhardt Forck, Elisabeth Blumenstock, Christel Thielmann and Paul O’Dette. A new music enthusiast as well, she has appeared with Brad Lubman, Eastman Musica Nova and Ensemble Signal, worked intensively with Oliver Knussen and coached with Lucas Fels (Arditti Quartet). She is a fellow of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now! Frankfurt.

 

 

Violoncello

Moritz Benjamin Kolb studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg until he was accepted into Thomas Demenga’s soloist studies class in Basel in 2012. He is currently finishing his studies there, and has in the meantime attended masterclasses of Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados und Wolfgang Boettcher.

 

He plays regularly with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, is a member of EnsembleKontraste in his hometown in Nuremberg, and serves as Solo Cellist in Kammerorchester m18. As substitute, he played with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg from 2010–2012 and as guest in the Camerata Bern and the Kammerphilharmonie Augsburg. In 2010, he was awarded the first prize in the International Competition “Marcosig” in Italy.

 

Moritz enjoys exploring the relationships between the art forms, ardently pursuing extracurricular studies in Literature at the Universities of Vienna and Basel, Baroque cello at the Schola Cantorum Basel, and has been engaged in various productions at the Theater Basel. He was appointed Solo Cellist of the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen in 2015.

biography

For eight years, the internationally acclaimed Alinde Quartet has concertized from Cologne across Europe. The quartet has been a laureate of numerous international competitions, most recently garnering the third prize at the 2018 International Chamber Music Competition Pinerolo Torino— the highest prize ever awarded to a string quartet in the competition’s history— after only one year together in their current formation.

 

The quartet has been invited to perform across Europe at renowned festivals such as Verbier, Aldeburgh Residencies, Chamber Music European Meetings in Bordeaux, and Mozartfest Würzburg, and has been received warmly in such halls as Konzerthaus Berlin, the Kölner Philharmonie, WDR Funkhaus Köln (West German Radio Hall), and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

 

Informed by their passions for literature, history, and performance practice, audience interaction is fundamental to Alinde's concert model. On-stage and off, they are avid educators; they make their home at the Ida Bieler Music Academy, where they rehearse, teach, and perform. Educational engagements this summer include leading a collaborative youth orchestra comprised of students from the Ida Bieler Academy and AMA Ensemble (Italy) in an Italian tour of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and orchestra, as well as heading up the SummerMusicAcademy Schloss Hundisburg, where they will be performing the principal positions in the orchestra and leading sectionals. In a seasons-long tradition, they regularly compose and perform family concerts under the auspices of WDR.

 

The Alindes have been fortunate to have studied with two of the greatest names in chamber music: Professors Günther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett) at the Escuela Superior di Musica Reina Sofia Madrid and Eberhard Feltz at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. In the fall they will continue their masters studies in the class of Prof. Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett) in Basel. Names like Sir Prof. András Schiff, Erich Höbarth, Ferenc Rados, Christoph Richter, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Richard Gwilt, Alessandro Moccia, Lynn Harrell, and Ida Bieler have also provided formative impulses.

 

The quartet takes its name from Franz Schubert’s setting of D.Fr. Rochlitz’s poem “Alinde” (D904).

 

June 2018

 

 

1st Violin

Born in Terni, Italy, Eugenia Ottaviano studied in Cremona with Prof. Salvator Accardo at the famous Walther Stauffer Academy and continued her education at the Musikhochschule Cologne with Charles André Linale and Keiko Wataya, where she received her diploma in 2005 with highest marks.

 

In 2013, Eugenia completed her postgraduate studies with Prof. Ida Bieler in Düsseldorf with excellence. As founding member and first violinist of the Alinde Quartet, she studied with Prof. Eberhardt Feltz in Berlin and later with Prof. Günther Pichler in Madrid in 2015 - 2016. Eugenia works regularly with many of Europe’s finest musicians and composers, such as Sir András Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Gabor Takacs Nagy, Jörg Widmann und Wolfgang Rihm. Together with her Alinde Quartet, Eugenia is prizewinner of numerous competitions including the International Chamber Music Competition “Salieri Zinetti” 2015 in Verona, the Schmolz und Bickenbach Competition 2010 in Düsseldorf und the Internationalen Chamber Music Competition in Pinerolo 2013. Outside of her work with the quartet, she is active around Europe as a chamber musician in Trio Ottaviano with Alessio Pianelli and Marco Scilironi, as duo recitalist (with pianists such as James Maddox and Alberto Carnevale Ricci) and in various formations with artists like Ida Bieler, Oren Shevlin, Patrick Messina, and Valentino Zucchiatti.

 

Additionally, she has appeared with many orchestras. She has played with Orchestra da Camera Italiana (Salvatore Accardo) and substitutes regularly with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne since 2013. Eugenia served as teaching assistant to Prof. Ida Bieler and leads the Ida Bieler Music Academy in Cologne. She plays a violin by François-Louis Piqué from the year 1790.

 

 

2nd Violin

Guglielmo Dandolo Marchesi was born in 1992 into a musical family and began to play the violin at the age of 4. He has garnered many awards, including first prize with excellence at the International Competition “Giovani Talenti” in S. Bartolomeo, the “Alfonso Rossi” prize at the Competition “Postacchini” in Fermo, and first prize at the International Competition "Cittá di Maccagno" 2009. In 2012 he won the second prize at the “Filarmonica della Scala” Competition for young violinists. He has appeared frequently as soloist in the famous Sala Verdi in Milan. Having completed his studies with excellence with Caterina Carlini in Milan and with Prof. Mihaela Martin in Cologne, he is currently continuing his masters studies with Alessandro Moccia in Gent. In masterclasses, he has worked with Oleksander Semchuk, Massimo Marin, Francesco Manara, Dor Schwarzberg and Simone Bernardini.

 

While pursuing a short-term contract with the Gürzenich Orchester Cologne and his work with Alinde Quartet, he plays in the successful Trio Dandolo with his siblings. He is also lovingly dedicated to historical violin performance.

 

 

Viola

Violist Erin Kirby, born in Atlanta, USA, has enjoyed various influences from across the world. As representative of her country and her Hochschule, she was invited to the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, UK, and the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition, Berlin. She performs frequently as a chamber musician and has appeared with such artists as the Schumann Quartett, Hubert Buchberger, Isang Enders, Julio Elizalde, Benedict Klöckner, Tessa Lark, Susanna Stoodt, and Esa Tapani. She was a Chamber Music Fellow at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, USA, and participated in masterclasses such as the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

 

Erin studied with Carol Rodland at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, followed by studies with Paul Hersh a the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She completed her masters studies with Roland Glassl at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. A winner of the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Concerto Competition and soloist with Eastman Collegium Musicum, she has pursued an interest in early music, appearing with members of the American Bach Soloists, and taken instruction from Petra Müllejans, Bernhardt Forck, Elisabeth Blumenstock, Christel Thielmann and Paul O’Dette. A new music enthusiast as well, she has appeared with Brad Lubman, Eastman Musica Nova and Ensemble Signal, worked intensively with Oliver Knussen and coached with Lucas Fels (Arditti Quartet). As Duo Transatlantica with violinist Emily Nebel, she is a fellow of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now! Frankfurt.

 

 

Violoncello

Moritz Benjamin Kolb studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg until he was accepted into Thomas Demenga’s soloist studies class in Basel in 2012. He is currently finishing his studies there, and has in the meantime attended masterclasses of Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados und Wolfgang Boettcher.

 

He plays regularly with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, is a member of EnsembleKontraste in his hometown in Nuremberg, and serves as Solo Cellist in Kammerorchester m18. As substitute, he played with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg from 2010–2012 and as guest in the Camerata Bern and the Kammerphilharmonie Augsburg. In 2010, he was awarded the first prize in the International Competition “Marcosig” in Italy.

 

Moritz enjoys exploring the relationships between the art forms, ardently pursuing extracurricular studies in Literature at the Universities of Vienna and Basel, Baroque cello at the Schola Cantorum Basel, and has been engaged in various productions at the Theater Basel. He was appointed Solo Cellist of the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen in 2015.

Alinde Quartett

Alinde Quartett

Alinde Quartett