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Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker is German for “The Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic” - the cellists are: George Faust, Ludwig Quandt, Dietmar Schwalke, Richard Duven, Christoph Igelbrink, Olaf Maninger, Martin Menking, Knut Weber, Nikolaus Römisch, Jan Diesselhorst, Martin Löhr and Götz Teutsch. Each of them is described below.

Georg Faust was born in Cologne. At first, he studied with Siegfried Palm in Cologne, then later in New York with Bernhard Greenhouse. He completed his training in master classes with Enrico Mainardi and Gregor Piatigorsky. Among his numerous prizes and distinctions, the following deserve special mention: 1st Prize in 1976 at the German Music Competition; prize-winner at the ARD Competition in 1977; prize-winner at the International Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982. In 1980, Georg Faust became principal cellist of Hamburg’s State Philharmonic Orchestra, and three years later, he assumed the same position with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was engaged in 1985 by the Berlin Philharmonic as first principal cellist. He has appeared as a soloist under such conductors as Bernhard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, among others.

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