1st Prize donated by the City of Graz and Audience Award donated by the Zonta Club Graz
The Belenus Quartet was founded in Basel in 2004 and is currently managed by Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet) and Claudius Herrmann (Gringolts Quartet). In 2010/2011, the quartet also studied with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett) at the Musikhochschule in Basel. In 2008-2012, the quartet was taught by Stephan Goerner.
In 2011-2013 it was awarded the "ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition". At the International Competition "Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity" 2012 as well as at the 1st International "Sandor Vegh" Competition 2012, the quartet was among the finalists and was awarded the Special Prize for Best Haydn Interpretation. The quartet won the 1st prize at the Interpretation Competition for Contemporary Music 2012 at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Kiwanis Competition 2012. At the "Hans Schaeuble" Competition 2012, it was awarded the 3rd prize. As a finalist of the chamber music competition of the Migros Culture Percentage 2013, the Belenus Quartet was included in the concert mediation of the Migros Culture Percentage.
So far, the Belenus Quartet has performed mainly in Switzerland and Germany. His repertoire ranges from early Haydn quartets to contemporary compositions such as the "Ph (r) asen" by Swiss composer David Philip Hefti.
Seraina PFENNINGER, violin
Born in Zurich in 1987, she received her first violin lessons at the age of four. From 2004 to 2011 she studied at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) with Zakhar Bron and his assistant Nadezhda Korshakova. In January 2011 she graduated with distinction from her Master's Degree "Performance - Focus on Orchestra" at the ZHdK. She then studied as a postgraduate student for one semester at Nora Chastain.
Since 2005 she is a member of the Belenus Quartet. She is a newcomer to the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and has been a permanent member of the Philharmonia Zurich (Orchestra of the Opera) since the 2011/12 season.
Esther FRITZSCHE, Viola
received her first violin lesson at the age of four. She graduated in 2013 with her violin studies with Nora Chastain with multiple awards. Since 2008, she has also studied viola with Wendy Enderle, Isabel Charisius, Michel Rouilly and since September 2014 with Lawrence Power.
Early on she gained her first chamber music and orchestral experience, became a member of the Federal Youth Orchestra and played in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Since 2004 she has alternately played in the Belenus Quartet first and second violin, since October 2010 she has taken over the viola part. As a soloist and chamber musician, Esther is the first multiple award winner in various competitions. She is a newcomer to the Camerata Bern, the Zurich Kammorchester and the Philharmonia Zürich. Since 2012 she teaches Violin and Viola at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich (MKZ).
Anne BATTEGAY, violin
Born in Zurich in 1988, she began playing the violin at the age of six. Since 2007 she has been studying with Nora Chastain at the Zurich University of the Arts and graduated in 2013 with honors from her master's degree program "Performance - Focus on Orchestra". At present she is studying in the pedagogical master.
Battegay early gathered orchestral experience. From 2004 she was a permanent member of the first violins of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and participated in the summer of 2009 at the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy. Since October 2010 she is a member of the Belenus Quartet, in which she has taken over the second violin part. From August 2011 to June 2012, she completed an internship at the Sinfonieorchester Basel and regularly plays there as a newcomer.
Jonas VISCHI, cello
received his first cello lessons at the age of four. After preliminary studies at the Music Academy Basel with Emeric Kostyak and at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Martin Ostertag, he studied since 2010 at the Lucerne School of Art under Guido Schiefen and graduated with a bachelor's degree. Masterclasses u. a. by Heinrich Schiff, Jens Peter Mainz and Christian Poltera.
Vischi is a laureate of national and international competitions, u. a. Winner of the WDR Klassikpreis and the International Cello Competition Liezen. He gained orchestral experience in the Federal Youth Orchestra and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He is a member of the Berner Sinfonieorchester and solo assistant in the WDR Rundfunkorchester. Since 2014 he plays in the Belenus Quartet. He plays on a violoncello by David Tecchler from the Landessammlung Baden-Württemberg.