Duo Schwalke - Malter
The collaboration of Dietmar Schwalke and Alexander Malter began in 1995. Due to the joint affinity for the music of Arvo Pärt they know each other and shortly afterwards they were engaged by the label ECM to registrate music of Arvo Pärt. This disk is under the name "Alina" since 1999 on the market and one of the European best sellers.
Dietmar Schwalke was born in 1958 in Pinneberg, Germany. At the age of twelve Dietmar Schwalke so admired a cello-playing friend that he did everything he could to get his father’s permission to have cello lessons himself. In only four months his technique had surpassed his friend’s. Later he studied with Arthur Troester, Wolfgang Boettcher and Pierre Fournier. After receiving several prizes and distinctions, he made his solo debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (now Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester) playing Schumann’s Cello Concerto in the Berlin Philharmonie. As a member of the Kreuzberg String Quartet he appeared between 1983 and 1989 in all the European musical centres and during this time also taught at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste and as a visiting chamber-music coach. For four years he played in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra before moving in 1994 to the Berliner Philharmoniker. Dietmar Schwalke is also active as a chamber-music player: with the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, in the Vincent Trio, founded in 1998, as well in the »12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic«. The first violin in his life is played by his wife and four children. As for his hobbies, Schwalke regards himself as a »man of phases«, constantly being excited by different things: tennis, the Eastern Orthodox liturgy, going to the theatre, building furniture, reading, sailing, jogging, playing the piano, cycling...
Piano Trio of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Susanne Herzog, violin; Hans-Jakob Eschenburg, cello; Alexander Malter, piano
Piano Quintet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Susanne Herzog, violin; Franziska Drechsel, violin; Gernot Adrion, viola; Hans-Jakob Eschenburg, cello; Alexander Malter, piano
Duo Mikhail Sekler - Alexander Malter
Mikhail Sekler is the former concertmaster of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin.
Francisco Fullana and Alexander Malter
Francisco Fullana is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he obtained Bachelor and Master degrees with Don Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki. Currently he is pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Southern California under the renowned violinist Midori Goto. Francisco started violin with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he studied with Manuel Guillén.
Since 2013, he is the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, where he is also the artistic director of COSA’s Chamber Music Institute. Since 2013, Francisco has been a recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. He performs on the 1697 "Rainville" Stradivarius, kindly on loan from the Yellow Angel Foundation of Japan. http://franciscofullana.com
Ludmilla Kogan and Alexander Malter
Piano for four hands. (Ludmilla Kogan)