donated by the Stadt Graz
donated by the Zonta Club Graz
Seraina PFENNINGER – Violin (Switzerland), 27
Anne BATTEGAY – Violin (Switzerland), 26
Esther FRITZSCHE – Viola (Germany), 28
Jonas VISCHI – Violoncello (Germany), 26
The Belenus Quartett was founded in Basel in 2004 and is currently being coached by Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett) and Claudius Herrmann (Gringolts Quartett). In addition, the quartet studied under Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett) at the Basel Music Academy in 2010/11. From 2008 to 2012, the quartet was instructed by Stephan Goerner. In the years 2011/12/13, they won the “ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition” Prize. At the International „Franz Schubert and Modern Music“ Competition 2012 and the 1st International “Sandor Vegh“ Competition 2012, the quartet was among the finalists. They also received a special award for the Best Haydn Interpretation. The quartet won 1st Prize at the “Interpretation Competition for Contemporary Music 2012” at the Zurich University of the Arts, as well as at the “Kiwanis Competition 2012”. At the ‚Hans Schaeuble Competition 2012‘ they were awarded 3rd Prize. As finalists of the Chamber Music Competition of the „Migros Kulturprozent“ 2013, the quartet was included in the Concert Management of the „Migros Kulturprozent“.
So far, the Belenus Quartett has mainly focused on Switzerland and Germany. Its repertoire ranges from early Haydn quartets all the way to contemporary compositions such as the “Ph(r)asen“ by the Swiss composer David Philip Hefti.
Seraina PFENNINGER, Violin
Born in 1987 in Zürich, Sereina Pfenninger began playing the violin at the age of four. She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) from 2004 to 2011 under Zakhar Bron and his assistant Nedezhda Korshakova. Seraina completed her Masters in “Specialised Music Performance: Orchestra” at the ZHdK in January 2011, and graduated with honours. In addition to that, she studied under Nora Chastain for one semester as a postgraduate student.
Since 2005 she has been a member of the Belenus Quartett. She performs with the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and, since the 2011/12 season, she has been a permanent member of the Philharmonia Zürich.
Anne BATTEGAY, Violin
Born in 1988 in Zürich, Anne Battegay began playing the violin at the age of six. From 2007 she studied with Nora Chastein at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and earned a Masters in “Specialised Music Performance: Orchestra” in 2013 and graduated with honours. She is currently completing her Masters in Education.
Battegay began gathering experience in orchestra early on. From 2004, she participated as a permanent member of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, and took part in the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy in 2009. Since October 2010, she has been a member of the Belenus Quartett, where she plays the second violin. From August 2011 till June 2012, she completed an internship in the Symphony Orchestra Basel, where she plays regularly as an auxiliary.
Esther FRITZSCHE, Viola
Ester Fritzsche received her first violin lesson at the age of four. She studied with Nora Chastain and completed her violin studies with multiple honours. Since 2008, she has also been studying viola with Wendy Enderle, Isabel Charisus, Michel Rouilly and since September 2014, additionally with Lawrence Power.
She gained her first chamber music and orchestra experience early on and became a member of the State Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Since 2004, she has been part of the Belenus Quartett, where she alternated between 1st and 2nd violin. Since October 2010, she has taken over the viola part. As a soloist and chamber musician, Esther won several prizes at various competitions. She is an auxiliary of the Camerata Bern, the Zürich Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Zürich. Since 2012, she has been teaching the violin and the viola at the Zürich Music School.
Jonas VISCHI, Violoncello
Jonas Vischi received his first cello lesson at the age of four. After his pre-studies at the Basel Music Academy under the guidance of Emeric Kostyak and at the University of Music Karlsruhe under Martin Ostertag, he completed his Bachelor Degree at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts under Guido Schiefen with top marks.
He attended master classes, among others, with Heinrich Schiff, Jens Peter Maintz and Christian Poltera.
Vischi has won several prizes at national and international competitions, such as the Classical Music Prize of the WDR and the International Cello Competition in Liezen. He gained orchestra experience at the National Youth Orchestra and at the Young German Philharmonics. He is an auxiliary at the Bern Symphony Orchestra, as well as a solo-substitute at the WDR-Radio Orchestra. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Belenus Quartett. He plays an Italian cello made by David Tecchler from the Regional Collection of Baden-Württemberg.
Live recording during the FS&MM 2015
Franz Schubert: String Quartet in G major, D 887. 4th Mov.: Allegro assai