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Ulrich Eichenauer
The internationally renowned violist Ulrich Eichenauer has won critical acclaim for his "striking musicality" (Dresden Neueste Nachrichten) and "high octane" technique (Philadelphia Inquirer), his "enchanting tone" (Badische Zeitung) and the "fabulous vitality" (Boston Globe) of his playing.
A native of Germany, Mr. Eichenauer has performed at the most prestigious concert venues in the US and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Theatro alla Scala in Milan, the National Gallery Washington and many others. He is in demand at many international festivals such as the Seattle, Kuhmo, Cologne, Moritzburg, Da Camera, Furstenberg, and the Berlin festivals.

After graduating with highest honors from the Conservatory in Detmold, Germany, where he had been a student of Nobuko Imai, Mr. Eichenauer was appointed principal violist of the Dresden Philharmonic by its then chief conductor Michel Plasson. With its history of over 130 years the orchestra ranks among Germany's oldest and finest symphony orchestras. Touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the US and South America, Mr. Eichenauer performed under such conductors as Carlo Maria Giulini, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Philip Entremont, Michel Plasson, Yansug Kachidse, Gerd Albrecht, Gunther Herbig and many others. On numerous occasions Mr. Eichenauer played as soloist with the orchestra and gave the world premiere of a concerto by Rainer Lischka, which had been commissioned by the Dresden Philharmonic.

Since his days at the Detmold conservatory, Ulrich Eichenauer has always been deeply interested in chamber music. At a young age he was invited to Rudolf Serkin's Marlboro Festival in Vermont. He returned to Marlboro for several summers and appeared subsequently on many tours with Musicians from Marlboro throughout the US and Europe.

During his tenure with the Dresden Philharmonic Mr. Eichenauer maintained a steady presence on the chamber music podiums of the US.

When the opportunity arose to join the renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet in New York, he decided to take the job and moved to America where he has lived since.

While with the Mendelssohns the quartet was Blodgett Quartet in Residence at Harvard University, Quartet in Residence of the North Carolina School of the Arts and at New York's 92nd St Y Series. They performed extensively throughout the US and Europe including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, Jordan Hall, the National Gallery an all-Beethoven cycle at the 92nd St Y, the Casals Festival in Prades, the Ravinia Festival and many others. Its performances have been broadcast on NPR's performance today and numerous local radio stations throughout the nation. With Mr. Eichenauer's participation the Mendelssohn Quartet recorded several critically acclaimed CDs for the BIS, Newport Classics and Albany labels.

In addition to his active schedule as a performer, Mr. Eichenauer has also been a dedicated educator for almost twenty years. He was on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts and has previously taught at Harvard University, the Detmold Conservatory and the Dresden Orchestra Academy.
Mr. Eichenauer was recently appointed Professor of Viola at University of Arts Bern, Switzerland. He is also a Professor at Tibor Varga Hochschule in Sion.

Der deutsche Bratschist Ulrich Eichenauer hat an der Hochschule fuer Musik Detmold bei Nobuko Imai studiert und lehrte mehrere Jahre als ihr Assistent. Er hat an der Harvard University und der Orchesterakademie der Saechsischen Staatskapelle Dresden unterrichtet und auch Fakultaetsmitglied an der North Carolina School of the Arts.

Eichenauer war Solo-Viola der Dresdner Philharmonie und Mitglied des beruehmten Mendelssohn String Quartet in New York. Als Solist ist er mit Symphonie- und Kammerorchestern in Deutschland und den USA aufgetreten, z.B. in den Urauffuehrungen des Tripelkonzerts von Rainer Lischka mit der Dresdner Philharmonie und des wiederentdeckten Bratschenkonzerts von Johann Sebastian Bach.

Er ist oft in Kammerkonzerten und Rezitals in den USA und Europa zu hoeren, darunter in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall, der Berliner Philharmonie und der Mailaender Skala, und er tritt vielfach bei Festspielen auf, z.B. Seattle, Kuhmo, Koeln, Moritzburg, Da Camera, Fuerstenberg und Berlin.

In der Kammermusik hat Eichenauer bereits mit Heinrich Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Louis Lortie, Andreas Haefliger, Benjamin Schmid, Bruno Canino und James Ehnes zusammengearbeitet.

Seine CDs mit Kammermusik- und Solo-Werken sind bei BIS, Chandos, Albany, Newport und EMP erschienen.
2006 wurde Ulrich Eichenauer an die Hochschule Bern berufen und lebt seither in der Schweiz. Er ist gleichzeitig Professor an der Tibor Varga Hochschule in Sion.