donated by the five Styrian Universities
Tsuyoshi MORIYA – Violin (Japan), 30
Dimitri PAVLOV – Violin (Israel), 30
Eri SUGITA – Viola (Japan), 29
Ruiko MATSUMOTO – Violoncello (Japan), 28
The Quartet Berlin Tokyo was founded in 2011 by students of the two conservatories in Berlin. They have already performed at numerous national and international concert venues, such as the Takefu International Music Festival, the Mendelssohn Remise Berlin, Centre Bagatelle, the Japanese-German Center Berlin, the Japanese Embassy in Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Kulturkreis Springe, Kulturkreis Kloster Wennigsen, the Hamburgische Vereinigung von Freunden der Kammermusik, Festival d‘Aix-en-Provence, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the String Quartet Festival at the Little Holzhausen palace and the String Quartet Festival “Heidelberger Frühling”.
In 2012, the four musicians were awarded the Prize of the Jeunesses Musicales Germany at the 61st International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. In 2013, the quartet received the Second Prize at the International „Salieri Zinetti“ Competition in Verona as well as the Audience Prize and the First Prize and again an Audience Award at the Orlando International String Quartet Competition in 2014. They hold a scholarship from the Matsuo Academic Foundation in Tokyo and the Ottilie Selbach Redslob Foundation in Berlin.
The ensemble is currently studying with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Academy of Music, Drama and Media Hanover and is intensively preparing for big international competitions and several concerts.
Tsuyoshi MORIYA, Violin
In 2011, Tsuyoshi completed his Masters at Tokyo University of the Arts with honours and, at the same time, graduated from the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. He attended classes with Yoko Tabuchi, Takaya Urakawa, Gérard Poulet and Stephan Picard. He won several prizes at international competitions. In 2002, he received the second prize at the International Marschner Competition in Freiburg and the Bach prize at the International Lois-Spohr-Competition in Freiburg in 2003. Tsuyoshi Moriya has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and as a guest-concertmaster in Japan and Europe.
Dimitri PAVLOV, Violin
Dimitri was born in 1984 in Russia and began studying the violin at the age of six in St. Petersburg. In 1992, he immigrated to Israel with his family and continued taking violin lessons at the „Dunia-Veitzman“ conservatory in Haifa. He successfully completed the Junior High School of Arts and studied chamber music at the High School of Arts. After he had completed his studies at the „Dunia-Veitzman“ conservatory, Dimitri continued studying with violinist Mr. Hagai Shaham. As a member of the „Young Musician‘ Group“ of the Jerusalem music centre, he became part of the Moti-piano Trio, which made several radio recordings in the years from 2001 to 2004. He was also a member of the representative „Gertler-Quartet“ of the Boochman-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, with whom he played numerous concerts at a significant Chamber Music Series in Israel and had several Radio and TV appearances. From 2004 to 2008, he completed his studies with Irena Svetlova at the „Bucman-Mehta“ Music Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Berlin University of the Arts.
He was invited to play at the „West-Eastern-Divan“ Orchestra, lead by maestro Daniel Barenboim (2004, 2006), as well as the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (2008).
Eri SUGITA, Viola
Eri was born in 1985 in Kobe, Japan and began to play the violin at the age of seven. From 2001 to 2008 she studied at the Toho High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. In 2008, she began playing the viola. From 2008 to 2010 she studied as a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy. In addition, Eri studied the violin with Azusa Tachita, Yu Nishiwada, Takeaki Sumi, Koichiro Harada, the viola with Nobuo Okada, Nobuko Imai and Hartmut Rohde and string quartet with Oliver Wille.
In 2011, she began her studies at the University of the Arts. In the years 2010 and 2011, she won the Rohde promotional prize for viola as well as the Conductor Prize and scholarships from the Carl Flesch Academy. She was also a semi-finalist at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2011. Eri Sugita performed in the JT Ensemble Series and at the Kurashiki Music Festival, the Takefu International Music Festival, Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, the San Francisco International Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. As a soloist, she appeared at the Schlosshotel in Kronberg and the Matthaeus Church in Berlin, as well as with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Frankfurt and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012, she performed as a guest principal violist with the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra Mannheim. Sugita is supported by the Yellow Angel Scholarship, the Paul Hindemith Society in Berlin and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan.
Ruiko MATSUMOTO, Violoncello
Ruiko was born in 1986 in Sapporo, Japan. She began studying the cello at the age of 10 with Hakuro Mori and Yoshiro Uehara. From 2001 to 2006, she studied the cello with Hakuro Mori at the Toho High School of Music and at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.
In 2006, she first completed her studies under David Geringas and, in 2009, she began her studies with Claudio Bohórquez at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. In 2012 she completed her studies in chamber music with Eberhard Feltz and the Artemis Quartet and graduated with honours. Ruiko is currently pursuing her Master‘s Degree. She has received numerous awards and prizes, e.g. 1st prize at the „Sapporo Youth Cello Competition“, 3rd prize at the „Classical Music Competition Japan“, 3rd prize at the „JILA Music Competition“, 3rd Prize in the „VIVA Hall Cello Competition“. She is being supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.