Salzburg Easter Festival: Chamber Concert II

Matthias Wollong Violin
Jörg Faßmann Violin
Sebastian Herberg Viola
Sol Gabetta Cello
Norbert Anger Cello
Andreas Wylezol
Christian Langer Percussion
Simon Etzold Percussion
Elisaveta Blumina Klavier

Sofia Gubaidulina

  • »Die Pilger« für Violine, Kontrabass, Klavier und zwei Schlagzeuger, Österreichische Erstaufführung

Franz Schubert

  • String Quintet in C major, D. 956
  • 01.04.2018
    15:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Stiftung Mozarteum

Matthias Wollong

1st Concertmaster

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.

Jörg Faßmann

Assistant 1st Concertmaster

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.

Sebastian Herberg

Principal Viola

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. 

Sol Gabetta

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. 

Norbert Anger


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.

Andreas Wylezol

Principal Bass

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. 

Christian Langer

Assistant Principal / Percussion

Simon Etzold

Principal Percussion