Prof. Jörg Faßmann
born in 1966 in Dessau, had his first violin lessons at the age of five. Because of his talent he soon entered the "children's class" of professor Hertel in Leipzig. He won numerous prizes, for instance at the International Bach Contest in Leipzig and at the International Music Contest Markneukirchen. After having finished his studies at the colleges of music in Leipzig and Dresden he became a member of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in 1987 and was appointed to be the principal violinist in 1989.
Jörg Fassmann takes a personal interest in fostering talented young musicians. For that purpose, he teaches at the college of music "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden.
Prof. Sebastian Herberg
was born in 1968 in Potsdam and had his first viola lessons at the music school in Potsdam. He continued his studies from 1984 through 1990 at the college of music "Franz Liszt" in Weimar as a student of professor Thomas Wünsch. From 1991 through 1994 he held the position of the principal viola player of the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra at the Berlin Concert Hall. At the same time, he also completed further studies at the college of music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin as a student of professor Alfred Lipka. Since 1994, Sebastian Herberg is in the position of the principal viola player of the "Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden". Also, he works with talented young musicians as a viola teacher at the college of music "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden. He regularly gives concerts as a soloist or as a chamber musician in Germany, abroad and overseas.
was born into a family of musicians. He studied cello under Prof. Friedrich Milatz at the college of music "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden. His first egagement was with the "Händelfestspielorchester" in Halle/Saale as second solo cellist in 1986. From 1988 to 1992 Michael Pfaender was the first solo cellist of the "Großes Rundfunkorchester" in Leipzig. Since 1992 he has been principal solo cellist of the "MDR-Sinfonieorchester". Alongside his activities at the MDR he was guest solo cellist at the "Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden" from 1994 to 2005.
The cellist is a member of the Dresden StringTrio founded in 1995 and since 2002 a permanent member of Ludwig Güttlers "Leipzig Bach Collegium". Pfaender is also regularly invited to perform as a guest solocellist with renowned orchestras and has performed in numerous concerts with these ensembles on tours of Europe, Asia and the United States. He is featured in solo recordings of works by Bischof, Martinu, Bruch, Haydn and Dvorak.
Michael Pfaender plays a 1742 Pietro Antonio dalla Costa cello made in Treviso, Venice