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. His studies ended after he won the violin competition named after his teacher.
He has been honored with numerous other awards, including first prize of the Joseph Joachim Competition in Austria.
Matthias Wollong 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 has received great acclaim for his many radio and CD productions, including the entire works for violin and piano of Swiss composer Ottmar Schoeck and a recording of Ernst Bloch's Violin Concerto with Vladimir Jurowski and the RSO Berlin.
He teaches as professor at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany. Matthias Wollong plays an Andreas Guarneri violin from 1676.
Sol Gabetta achieved international acclaim upon winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004 and making her debut with Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Born in Argentina, Gabetta won her first competition at the age of ten, soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award as well as commendations at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Following her highly acclaimed debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014 and at Mostly Mozart in New York in August 2015 this season sees Gabetta debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Symphony.
Gabetta performs with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide including the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bolshoi and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras and The Philadelphia, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras. She also collaborates extensively with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Mario Venzago and Krzysztof Urbański.
As a chamber musician Gabetta performs worldwide in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, with distinguished partners including Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Bertrand Chamayou. Her passion for chamber music is evident in the Festival »Solsberg« which she founded in Switzerland.
Andreas Wylezol was born in Berlin in 1967. As a child he took lessons in voice, violin, double bass and piano.
He studied double bass from 1984 to 1990 at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar under Horst Dieter Wenkel. While still a student he won prizes at the Markneukirchen International Competition as well as the Giovanni Bottesini Competition in Parma.
His first orchestral experiences were gained with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra from 1988 to 1989 under the direction of Claudio Abbado. Since 1989 he has been Principal Double Bass with the Staatskapelle Dresden. Andreas Wylezol is a founding member of Claudio Abbado’s Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Since 2007 he has also performed with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
Andreas Wylezol has taught at the Weimar College of Music as well as the Orchestral Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
In 2005 he became professor at the Detmold College of Music. Since 2011 he has also coached students at the Staatskapelle Dresden’s Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy.
He regularly performs as a soloist and has played under conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli and Sir Colin Davis. In June 2010 in the Semperoper he gave the first public performance together with the Staatskapelle Dresden of »Fury 2«, a concerto for double bass dedicated to him by that year’s Capell-Compositrice, Rebecca Saunders.
Interesting chamber music projects have brought Andreas Wylezol together with the Cleveland Quartet, the Amati Quartet, the Petersen Quartet as well as pianists András Schiff and Bruno Canino.
Andreas Wylezol has recorded for the labels Capriccio, Berlin Classics, Farao and Deutsche Schallplatten.