Born in 1974, Michael Horwath took violin lessons in his hometown of Berlin before going on to study viola under Felix Schwartz at the city’s “Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music. In 1998 he continued his training with Erich Krüger in Weimar, where he also completed postgraduate studies.
Michael Horwath joined the Staatskapelle Dresden August 2000, and since 2004 has held the position of Vorspieler of the violas.
He has participated in numerous international master classes given by Kim Kashkashian, Jürgen Kussmaul, Thomas Riebl and Norbert Brainin.
Furthermore, he is a passionate performer of chamber music and a regular guest at international chamber music festivals such as the Concerts aux Iles du Bic in Canada.
Michael Horwath is a member of the Dresden String Quintet and the ensemble frauenkirche. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the Semperoper Dresden, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, at the Schwetzingen Festival and the Kölner Philharmonie.
Norbert Anger is regarded as one of the most outstanding cellists of his generation, and has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, such as the Orchestre de Paris, the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
He has made guest-appearances at renowned international venues, such as the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Pleyel and the Comédie des Champs-Elysées, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Semperoper Dresden, and has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Vladimir Spivakov, John Storgårds and Andrea Marcon.
Norbert Anger has impressed the music world as a laureate of many international competitions, such as the Concours Rostropovich in Paris, the Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Paulo Cello Contest in Helsinki and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. As a devoted chamber musician, he has worked together with many distinguished musicians, such as Hartmut Rohde, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and David Geringas, and has performed at international music festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the Festival Mitte Europa.
Norbert Anger started his musical education at Dresden’s Special School of Music Carl Maria von Weber, with Christoph Schulze. Already at an early age, he attracted public interest by winning international competitions, such as the Vibrarte Competition in Paris and the Domenico Gabrielli Competition in Berlin. He completed his studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Berlin University of Arts, and also gained valuable musical input from David Geringas, Heinrich Schiff and Sir Colin Davis.
In 2012, the German label Genuin Classics released his first CD with works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Debussy, which was highly praised by the press.
Since 2013, Norbert Anger holds the position of First Concertmaster of the cello section of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and recently in 2015, he was also named solo cellist of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
As a laureate of the 21st Competition of the German Fund of Musical Instruments, he was entrusted with an instrument made by Andrea Guaneri, ex Ludwig Hoelscher, Cremona 1691 - a funding commitment by the Dr. Meyer-Struckmann Foundation. Presently, Norbert Anger plays a violoncello by Domenico Montagnana, ex Hekking, Venice 1721.
Norbert Anger plays strings exclusively by Larsen strings A/S.