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Erich Binder ViolinistErich Binder

Erich Binder is widely considered as one of the most genious musicians of today`s music scene and it´s past „Golden Era“.
He was born in Vienna, 1954-56 was a member of the Wiener Sängerknaben and subsequently  studied  violin, organ and conducting at the Vienna Music – Academy. Erich Binder further studied conducting with famous Hans Swarovsky and gained his diploma with excellence. He won the first price at the Karl Böhm–Competition. Already during his studies, Erich Binder worked as accompanist at the Opera department of the Music Academy and held positions as organist and choir director at churches.

His carreer as concertmaster and conductor began in the city of Bregenz.

1966-68 he became a first violinist with the Wiener Volksoper. Then he became a member of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic, as their first violinist. Together with his philharmonic colleague-friends, in 1971 he founded the renowned ensembles „New Vienna Octet“ and „Nicolai-Quartett".

1973 temporarily he left Vienna for his positions as first concertmaster of the Hamburg NDR-Symphony Orchestra and the Bayreuth Festival – Orchestra.

1974 he was elected concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. This position he held for 20 years.

1979 he made his debut as acclaimed stand-in conductor at the Vienna State Opera and conducted a series of concerts with  the Vienna Philharmonic. With his prominent dual function as successful conductor and concertmaster he made such a sensation, that he received a permanent contract as Kapellmeister. Also numerous other distinguished orchestras and opera houses asked him to conduct: For example Dresden, Hamburg, München, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Prague, und with the top orchestras of Japan.
Since 1995 Erich Binder concentrated on his conducting carreer.

With pleasure he also accepts invitations by prominent orchestras to play as their guest-concertmaster, or to be the leader of  fine chamber music groups.


László Barki

László Barki was born 1958 in Vienna, he descends from a Hungarian musicians ́ family. From the age of 6, he was taught by his father and between 1968 and 1972 sang with the Vienna Boys Choir. In 1970 and 1972 he was a prize winner at the Jugend Musiziert ­ Competitions.

1974­ - 1978 he studied violin and viola at the Music Academy/University of Vienna with Prof. Sivo and Prof. Führlinger. His life as a professional musician started already at the age of 16, when he received his first contracts with the legendary Waltz Orchestra at the Stadtpark and the renowned Operetta Orchestras of Baden and Bad Ischl. He also was active in several other ensembles, mostly in leading positions.

In 1977 the famous violinist Albert Kocsis invited Laszlo Barki to perform with the Cologne Chamber Solioists Orchestra and introduced him to Prof. Max Rostal. The great master accepted Laszlo Barki as his student.

Between 1977 and 1981 Laszlo Barki continued his violin and chamber music studies with Prof. Rostal, Prof. Volmer and Prof. Ozim in Cologne, furthermore he studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Dortmund. He also was a member of the Cologne Chamber Soloists and was employed as a violin teacher. During his studies Laszlo Barki regularly attended master courses with the professors Max Rostal, Igor Ozim, Norbert Brainin, Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Gerhart Hetzel.

At a recital in 1981, the renowned former president of the Vienna Philharmonic, Prof. Otto Strasser, heard him play and promised to recommend him to that famous orchestra. Soon later, a dream became true, when the Vienna State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra invited him for an audition! 

Between 1981 and 2005 Laszlo Barki held a position as second violinist of the Vienna State Opera / Philharmonic Orchestra. For many years he also had the honor to play in the first violin section of the Hofmusikkapelle / Court Chapel, which consists only of members of the Vienna Philharmonic and is the oldest professional orchestra of the world. He also has been employed as a professor for violin and chamber music at the Vienna City ­ Conservatory.

In 1981 Laszlo Barki left Vienna to become a professor of the Nippori Academy of Music in Tokyo. He also made a name as chamber musician and often had the pleasure to join some prominent asian orchestras. Besides he has studied Cultural Management. 

Since 2009 László Barki lives mainly in Vienna again. In addition to his active chamber music career with several renowned Viennese ensembles, he also gives master classes throughout the world and with his „Vienna Music Management“ works as impresario.


Klaus Heger
Klaus Heger was born in Vienna and studied both violin and viola at the City Conservatory of Vienna with Prof. Samonigg and Prof. Ochsenhofer.
Therefore he belongs to those rare players, who have mastered both instruments at the highest artistic level. This special ability makes Klaus Heger a musician in great demand of many prominent Music groups.
He began  his career as a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, where he played under the baton of Claudio Abbado and Vaclav Neumann.

The list of the famous Viennese orchestras, in which he plays, is quite long: Among them are the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra (with them he also participated at the Salzburg and Bregenz festivals), the Radio Symphony Orchestra RSO, Tonkünstler Orchester, Vereinigte Bühnen ("United Stages").
Further he joins  ensembles as „Ensemble die Reihe“, Neue Oper of Wien, Academia Allegro Vivo, Ensemble Classico, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt (under Pierre Bouléz), the Strauss Festival Orchestra and Johann Strauss Kapelle.
As a chamber musician, Klaus Heger is a member of the Wiener Salonquintett, founder of the Lanner Quartet and he also plays with the Beethoven Quartet / Ensemble of Mödling. Klaus Heger can be heard on numerous recordings and regularly undertakes concert tours in many regions of the world. 


Laszlo Magyar

Laszlo Magyar was born 1976 in Siklos / Hungary. He descends from a family of artists.. At the age of 6, he began to learn the cello and as a teenager developed a passion for Jazz. This inspired him to learn also the double bass. Soon he made a name within the Jazz – scene.

1986 – 1990 he studied at the Franz Liszt - University of Budapest and between 1988 and 1990 was a member of the PANNON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in Pecs.

Sometimes  Laszlo Magyar liked to play with his band  also in the streets of some European Cities. When he 1990 once  played near the Vienna Operahouse, by chance a prominent musician heard him playing and strongly recommended him „to introduce to a friend“: It was the world famous Prof. Ludwig Streicher, solo bassist aof the Vienna Philharmonic and professor at the Music University! The great master immediately accepted Laszlo Magyar as his student and thus he moved to Vienna.

1990 – 1995 he studied with Prof. Streicher at the Vienna University of Musc and in the same time had the honor to play regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It always was phascinating for Laszlo Magyar to work under the greatest conductors and opera stars of those times.

Since 1995 he is the solo bassist of the renowned VIENNA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the famous STRAUSS FESTIVAL – ORCHESTRA and the SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE – ORCHESTRA.



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