Faculty Violin & Viola Burghard Tölke

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The violinist and violist Burghard Tölke, who was born in Hanover, received his first lessons at the age of 8 in Bad Pyrmont with Mrs. Barbara Rau-Reuter. His studies took him via Weimar, Detmold, New York to Vienna, where he graduated with the academic degrees “Master of Art” and “Master of Art Education” at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien“ .He studied with the legendary Primus of the Amadeus Quartet, Norbert Brainin, with Vladimir Malinin, with the Heifetz Student Thomas Christian and with the 1st concertmaster of the “Wiener Symphoniker”, Florian Zwiauer. He has won several first prizes and grants in competitions such as “Jugend Musiziert”, “Fidelio Competition”, “Gradus ad Parnassum” etc.

He also received musical impulses from Zakhar Bron, Isaac Stern and Igor Petrushevski. He attended master classes including with Yehudi Menuhin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Roman Totenberg, Siegmund Nissel and Viktor Tretyakov.
Burghard Tölke is a sought-after guest concertmaster and soloist around the world.
He is currently the director of the Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen and professor for violin and viola at the “Richard Wagner Konservatorium” in Vienna.