Volker Jacobsen

Born in Hannover, Volker Jacobsen first studied with Christian Pohl and then with Barbara Westphal at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. His chamber music mentors and teachers include Walter Levin, members of the Emerson Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Alban Berg Quartet. A founding member of the Artemis Quartett in 1989, the ensemble’s international stature was established by winning First Prizes at the ARD Competition in Munich in 1996 and soon thereafter First Prize at the Premio Borciani in Reggio Emilia.

Following his years with the quartet, Volker Jacobsen became viola professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover.

He is widely known and appreciated as a teacher and is a very sought after chamber musician; his chamber music partners include Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Leif Ove Andsnes and Juliane Banse.

Nils Mönkemeyer

Mönkemeyer has been a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich since 2011 – the same institution at which he himself studied. Previous tenures include a two-year professorship at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden, and an assistant professorship at the Reina Sofia College of Music in Madrid.

Nils Mönkemeyer works together with conductors such as Mario Venzago, Markus Stenz, Mark Minkowski, Michael Sanderling and Simone Young, performing internationally in London’s Wigmore Hall, Viennas Musikverein, Brussel’s Bozar, Berlin and Leipzig Gewandhaus, not to mention countless festival venues.

As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has brought out several critically acclaimed, awardwinning CDs in the last years, all of which have made their way into the German classical charts. The programmes of this and Mönkemeyer’s previous recordings encompass discoveries and first recordings of original viola literature ranging from the 18th century to modern pieces, as well as his own transcriptions.

Nils Mönkemeyer has collaborated with such conductors as Sylvain Cambreling, Elias Grandy, Christopher Hogwood, Cornelius Meister, Mark Minkowski, Michael Photo: Irène Zandel Sanderling, Clemens Schuldt, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Markus Stenz, Mario Venzago and Simone Young, including orchestras like the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Helsinki Philharmonic, Musiciens du Louvre, Berne Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Staatskapelle Weimar, Bremen and Hamburg Philharmonic, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, MDR and NDR Radio Orchestras and the Berlin Baroque Soloists.