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Goldmund Quartet ゴルトムント・クァルテット

©Gregor Hohenberg



  • Stradivarius ”Paganini Quartet”
  •  Stradivarius 1727 Violin ”Paganini”
  •  Stradivarius 1680 Violin ”Paganini”
  •  Stradivarius 1731 Viola ”Paganini”
  •  Stradivarius 1736 Cello ”Paganini”

Florian Schötz (1st vn)
Pinchas Adt (2nd vn)
Christoph Vandory (va)
Raphael Paratore (vc)

Formed in 2010, the Goldmund Quartet is now counted amongst one of the most exciting young string quartets in Europe. Educated by Günther Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia and the Artemis Quartet in Berlin, the Quartet has received important artistic impulses in master classes with the Hagen, Borodin, Belcea, Ysaÿe and Cherubini quartets. The Quartet has been awarded several prizes including the second prize at the International Wigmore Hall String Competition 2018 and the first prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018. They have also been named Rising Stars 2019/20 by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) as well as recipients of the 2020 Jürgen Ponto Foundation music prize. Since their debut, the Quartet has appeared at numerous international festivals such as Rheingau, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Festival de Música y Danza Granada as well as notable halls including Musikverein Graz, Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, Elbphilharmonie and the KKL Lucerne. Named ECHO Rising Stars of the 2019/20 season, the Goldmund Quartet will perform in many of the most prestigious halls around Europe such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. In October 2016 NAXOS released their debut CD with works by Joseph Haydn which garnered great reviews from the BBC, The Strad Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide. Their second album including string quartets by Shostakovich was released on Berlin Classics in July 2018.


©Louie Thain



Born in Donauworth, Southern Germany, Veronika Eberle started violin lessons at the age of six, and four years later became a junior student at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich with Olga Voitova. After studying privately with Christoph Poppen for a year, she joined the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where she studied with Ana Chumachenco from 2001 to 2012.

At the age of seventeen, she performed Beethoven's violin concerto with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, which brought her to international attention. Key orchestra collaborations include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Christian Thielemann, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, and Sir Roger Norrington. She won the grand prize of the Yfrah Neaman International Competition in Mainz in 2003 and was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2011 to 2013.

SUYOEN KIM キム・スーヤン

(c)Sophie Williams



Suyoen Kim was born in Münster, Germany. She received her first violin lesson at the age of five and went on to study at the University of Music Detmold, Münster Campus under Helge Slaatto.

After having obtained her master's degree in 2010 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich under Ana Chumachenco, she participated in the Further Masters Studies at Kronberg Academy until summer 2012. As her talent has already drawn international attention in her early years, she was referred to as a "brand new world star" by Danish "The Jutland Post" in 2003. In the same year, she won the first prize as well as the audience award and the prize for the best interpretation of Contemporary Music at the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition. She was also the first prize winner of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover in 2006. She has performed with internationally acclaimed conductors such as Kurt Masur, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung and Andris Nelsons. Also as a passionate chamber musician, she performed with renowned musicians such as Marta Argerich, Yuri Bashmet and Myung-Whun Chung recently. Her first album of Hartmann's "Concerto funebre" with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Pietari Inkinen was recommended by BBC Radio 3 as the best available recording of this concerto. Her latest recording of Beethoven's violin concerto and two Romances was released by Deutsche Grammophon in March 2016. She became a first concertmaster of the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin in 2018 and a member of Artemis Quartett in 2019.


©Abigail Kralik



The recipient of a 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, Stella is the winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and plays the “Huggins” 1708 Stradivarius generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation as a part of the prize. Stella is also the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University and youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition 2008.

Stella has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, and the Luxembourg Philharmonia, among others. Collaborators include Itzhak Perlman, Osmo Vänskä, Robert Levin, and Matthew Lipman.
A graduate of the Harvard/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program, Stella received her doctorate at the Juilliard School and was concurrently a professional studies candidate at the Kronberg Academy. Teachers and mentors include Li Lin, Mihaela Martin, Donald Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Miriam Fried. Stella is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and serves as a teaching assistant to Li Lin at Juilliard.

TIMOTHY CHOOI ティモシー・チューイ

©Den Sweeney



Timothy Chooi is garnering international acclaim for his passionate performances and wide-ranging repertoire. He has studied with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, Catherine Cho at the Julliard School’s Artist Diploma Program and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.
He has won First Prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in 2018 and Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in 2019, as well as other awards at various prestigious competitions including the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand), and the Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition. He is also the recipient of the Prix Yves Paternot, which recognizes a promising and accomplished international artist at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Recent solo engagements with orchestras include concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Motreal Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Timothy is an advocate for music as a way to connect with communities. His ensemble, The VISION collective, was the recipient of the 2020 Harold W. McGraw Family Foundation's Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. As an avid educator, he is currently the Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa.
MARIA DUENAS マリア・ドゥエニャス

©Xenie Zasetskaya



Born in Granada in 2002, María studies with the renowned violin teacher Boris Kuschnir at the private Music and Arts University of Vienna. Her competition victories began with the 2017 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition and 2018 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition.

In addition to her success in the Menuhin Competition, 2021 saw the Grand Prize at the Viktor Tretyakov International Violin Competition, and the career advancement prize at the Rheingau Music Festival. She was also named as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2021-23. She has given her appearances with, among others, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi and the Dresdner Philharmonie and Marek Janowski. María also made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl in 2021 and joined them again in 2022 to give the world premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s violin concerto Altar de cuerda, of which she is the dedicatee, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

RAY CHEN レイ・チェン

©Tat Keng Tey



Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen is the winner of the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in London and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. At the age of fifteen, he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand.

He has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra (USA). On Bastille Day in 2015, he joined Daniel Gatti and the Orchestre National de France for a televised concert on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris in front of an audience of over 800,000. His premiere album "Virtuoso" released on Sony Classical in 2011 received glowing reviews from major publications and won the Germany's prestigious ECHO Klassik Award of the same year. His third recording, an all-Mozart's album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, was released in 2014.


©Jiyang Chen



A native of Japan, Risa Hokamura began the violin at the age of 3, and began studying with Kenji Kobayashi at the age of 7. She has graduated from the Tokyo College of Music High School as an Honorary Scholarship student and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Manhattan School of Music as a Full Scholarship student under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada and Lucie Robert. She also studies at the Artist Diploma Program at Tokyo College of Music as an Honorary Scholarship student under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada, Mayuko Kamio and Machie Oguri.

She started to capture top prizes in competitions in Japan at the age of 10 and at the age of 17, she won second prize at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Later that year, she won first prize at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Audition along with special prizes which offer career management and recital debuts in NY, Washington DC and Boston.
She has performed with notable orchestras including Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

Minami Yoshida 吉田南

©Yoshihiro Yoshida



Born in Nara, a traditional ancient city of Japan, Minami Yoshida became one of the most promising violinists. After studying at the Toho Gakuen Music High School, she graduated from the Toho Gakuen College of Music Soloist Diploma Course as an honor student. She is currently studying at the New England Conservatory of Music with the Dean’s scholarship and in the Tokyo College of Music’s Artist Diploma Program as an Honorary Scholarship student. She is studying with Miriam Fried, Koichiro Harada and Kyoko Takezawa.

She won the numerous prizes at the prestigious competitions such as the Montreal International Music Competition in 2016, the Sibelius International Violin Competition in 2015 and the Music Competition of Japan in 2014. She also received the 3rd Arion-Toho Music Award, the 7th Tokiko Iwatani Award Foundation for Youth, and the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant Award. She is a recipient of scholarships from the Tan Family Education Foundation and Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation. After her debut with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12, she has continued to be featured with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and many orchestras in Japan..


ⓒHo Chang



Born in Seoul, Ji Young Lim started the violin at the age of seven. She studied at the Korea National University of Arts under Nam Yun Kim and Kronberg Academy in Germany under Mihaela Martin. Currently she pursues further development at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

In 2015, she won the first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. She has also received a number of prizes at international competitions including the Indianapolis, the Montreal International and the Henri Marteau. She is active performing with the prestigious orchestras and touring worldwide as a recitalist. She also appears in numerous international music festivals. She released her debut album of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas from Warner Classics in July 2017.

Mayumi Kanagawa 金川真弓

©Victor Marin



Mayumi Kanagawa is a Berlin based, Japanese-American violinist praised for her rich, dark sound and focused, engaging musicality. 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin Competition in Paris and Prizewinner at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she is establishing herself as a soloist and chamber musician in Japan, Europe, and North America.
2022-23 season highlights include return engagements with NHK, Yomiuri, Tokyo Metropolitan and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras as well as debuts with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Pilsen Philharmonic, and Japan Century Orchestras. Various recital and chamber music projects will bring her to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Mayumi has performed with many orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, Belgian National Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her unique talent for communicating the love and joy of music making in varied repertoire and venues has also brought her to many outreach programs and schools around the world, from San Francisco to Novosibirsk. Mayumi's musical education has been shaped by Kolja Blacher, Yoshiko Nakura, Masao Kawasaki, and Robert Lipsett.
Lun Li リュン・リー

©Kevin Condon



A native of Shanghai, China, Lun Li won the First Prize in the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, and was named John French Violin Chair at YCA. Additionally, he is also the recent joint winner of First Prize at the Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition. He has appeared in major musical stages including Helsinki Music Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Konzerthaus and Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and has been invited to the Marlboro Music Festival, the Verbier Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Music from Angelfire.
In 2022-2023, he will make his solo recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., as well as his concerto debut at the Lincoln Center. Also, he will be on tours performing chamber music with Marlboro Music Festival and Young Concert Artists bringing him to Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kimmel Center etc. Lun holds degrees from Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. His mentors include Ida Kavafian, Catherine Cho and Joseph Lin. He is currently at the Juilliard School as an artist diploma candidate under the tutelage of Catherine Cho.




Born in Hyogo, Japan, Rino Yoshimoto began the violin at the age of 3. She is currently a student of Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.
She is a prize winner of numerous international violin competitions including the 16th Padova International Music Competition "Premio Citta di Padova" in 2018, winning the first prize in the strings division as well as the grand prize in all divisions, which brought her to Russia and Italy to give concerts. She was a finalist at the 3rd Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2020, and the 2nd prize at the 10th Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in 2022. She has performed with orchestras in Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, the USA, and Italy. In 2019 she gave her first performances at the Carnegie Hall and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In 2022 she made a successful tour to Spain with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra as a soloist as well as performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Frascati Symphonic of Belgium. Since 2022, she has been a substitute member of the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra. She was a recipient of the 2020/2021 Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship (Japan) and is currently receiving a scholarship from Mr. Heinz Schinner in Vienna.

©Kristian Schuller



Born in Madrid, Pablo Ferrández began studying music with his parents at three. He then continued his studies under María de Macedo and Asier Polo. At thirteen, he was granted admission to the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid where he studied under Natalia Shakhovskaya. He currently studies under Frans Helmerson at Kronberg Academy in Germany.

He is the first prize winner of the 2008 Liezen International Cello Competition. In 2013, he received the second prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition and the Edmond de Rothschild prize at Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. Also, he was the prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. He has performed with notable orchestras including the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Both as a soloist and a chamber musician, he is regularly invited to international music festivals such as the Rheingau, the Verbier, the Casals, the Spivakov, the Santander and the Kronberg. He also frequently performs with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter's Virtuosi, and in March 2017, he performed Brahms' Double Concerto with her and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


©Franck Socha



French-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas was born in Paris. In 2006, she moved to Berlin to study with Stephan Forck and Frans Helmerson at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and continued her study with Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.
She has worked with conductors including Paavo Jarvi, Mikko Franck, Marc Soustrot, Darrell Ang, Kent Nagano, Stephane Deneve and with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmoniem Bremen, Academia Santa Cecilia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and the Brussels Philharmonic. In 2017, she became the first female cellist to be signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon. In her second album “Voice of Hope” released in June 2020 includes Cello Concerto “Never Give Up” written expressly for her by Fazi Say.

©Sophie Zhai



Benjamin Beilman studied at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. He went on to further study at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff.

His international career was launched after winning two first prizes at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York both in 2010. In 2014, he was chosen as a fellowship of London’s prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust which supports outstanding young musicians. He was also recognized as the young promising musician by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Strad magazine. He has performed with notable conductors and orchestras including Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed at the Louvre and Wigmore Hall, as well as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo (California) and Verbier Festival. His debut album “Spectrum” was released from Warner Classics in March 2016.


List of Instrument Loan Recipients

Alphabetical order
※Current Loan Recipients

Kenichiro Aiso

Pinchas Adt (Goldmund Quartet) ※

Paolo Andreoli (Quartetto di Cremona)

Eiji Arai

Andrey Baranov

Lisa Batiashvili

Martin Beaver (Tokyo String Quartet)

Benjamin Beilman ※

Pavel Berman

Ray Chen ※

Stella Chen ※

Junko Chiba

Timothy Chooi ※

William Coleman (Kuss Quartett)

Andrew Dawes

María Dueñas ※

Veronika Eberle ※

Pablo Ferrández ※

Julia Fischer

Vilde Frang

Ryoichi Fujimori

Hamao Fujiwara

Karen Gomyo

Ryu Goto

Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona)

Clive Greensmith (Tokyo String Quartet)

Cristiano Gualco (Quartetto di Cremona)

Clemens Hagen (Hagen Quartet)

Lukas Hagen (Hagen Quartet)

Veronika Hagen (Hagen Quartet)

Viviane Hagner

Mikayel Hakhnazaryan (Kuss Quartett)

Koichiro Harada

Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartet)

Risa Hokamura ※

Yuzuko Horigome

Geza Hosszu-Legocky

Kikuei Ikeda (Tokyo String Quartet)

Judith Ingolfsson

Danjulo Ishizaka

Kazuhide Isomura (Tokyo String Quartet)

Steven Isserlis

Yuki Manuela Janke

Mayuko Kamio

Mayumi Kanagawa ※

Eiko Kano

Josef Karlicek

Daishin Kashimoto

Ikuko Kawai

Tamaki Kawakubo

Sergey Khachatryan

Suyoen Kim ※

Mayu Kishima

Koshiro Takeuchi ※

Hibiki Kobayashi

Mikhail Kopelman (Tokyo String Quartet)

Jana Kuss (Kuss Quartett)

Lun Li ※

Ji Young Lim ※

Wei Liu

Hina Maeda ※

Hiroka Matsumoto

Anne Akiko Meyers

Shion Minami

Shlomo Mintz

Fumiaki Miura

Koji Morishita

Kota Nagahara

Yasuko Ohtani

Akiko Ono

Manrico Padovani

Raphael Paratore (Goldmund Quartet) ※

Alina Pogostkina

Svetlin Roussev

Shunske Sato

Giovanni Scaglione (Quartetto di Cremona)

Rainer Schmidt

Florian Schötz (Goldmund Quartet) ※

Erik Schumann

Machiko Shimada

Hyun-Su Shin

Sayaka Shoji

Baiba Skride

Arabella Miho Steinbacher

Issac Stern

Akiko Suwanai

Radoslaw Szulc

Kyoko Takezawa

Takeshi Takezawa

Nozomi Terasawa

Camille Thomas ※

Naho Uemura

Miyo Umezu

Christoph Vandory (Goldmund Quartet) ※

Reiko Watanabe

Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett)

Kazuhito Yamane

Kanako Yanagida

Toru Yasunaga

Kyoko Yoshida

Minami Yoshida ※

Rino Yoshimoto ※

Angelo Xiang Yu

Nikolaj Znaider

Pinchas Zukerman

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