Hiroko Atsumi

was born in Tokyo where she studied at the State University for Art and Music. She continued her studies in Germany in Stuttgart and Mannheim, where she received her Konzertexamen diploma in 1992. She has won several prizes at international competitions including the prestigious “International Robert Casadesus Piano Competition” in Cleveland, U.S.A.

Stefan Bornscheuer

studied with Professor Gorjan Kosuta and members of the Amadeus String Quartet at the Cologne University of Music. After receiving his Artist Diploma he continued his education with Professor Primoz Novsak at the Musikakademie in Basel, Switzerland. He attended masterclasses by Viktor Pikaizen, Zakhar Bron, and Dimitri Sitkovetsky. In 1991, Stefan Bornscheuer joined the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) as violinist. He has also been teaching at the University of Music in Trossingen since 2004.

Paul Pesthy

received his Bachelors of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A native of the United States, his teachers included Felix Galimir, Jascha Brodsky and Karen Tuttle. After moving to Germany, he completed his studies in Detmold with Nobuko Imai. Mr. Pesthy has appeared in many chamber music festivals in America and Europe including the Aspen Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival in Dresden. His chamber music partners have included David Soyer, Donald Weilerstein, Leonidas Kavakos, Jan Vogler and Siegfried Palm. Paul Pesthy has been principal violist of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) since 1995. In 2003, he began teaching at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart.

Marin Smesnoi

is from Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, and began his studies at the age of seven with Professor Studnitzky at the Central Music School. He continued his studies at the Chisinau Conservatory, followed by studies with Professors Homitzer and Feygin at the Tschaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. At the State University of Music and Performing Arts he completed his studies with Professor Rudolf Gleissner. Mr. Smesnoi was awarded prizes at the Allunion Competition and has appeared as soloist and chamber music guest at festivals in Moskau, Bukarest, El Escorial and Schwetzingen, Germany. Since 1995, Marin Smesnoi has been assistant principal cellist in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR).