3rd Prize donated by the five Styrian universities

The quartet Berlin-Tokyo, founded in 2011 by students of the two Berlin Conservatoires, is already heard at many national and international concert halls, such as the Takefu International Music Festival, the Mendelssohn Remise Berlin, Center Bagatelle, the Japanese-German Center Berlin, the Embassy of Japan in Germany, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Kulturkreis Springe, Kulturkreis Kloster Wennigsen, the Hamburg Association of Friends of Chamber Music, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the String Quartet Festival at the Holzhausenschlösschen and the String Quartet Festival Heidelberg Spring ".
The four young musicians are winners of the 61st International Music Competition for String Quartet of the ARD Munich 2012 ("Jeunesses Musicales Germany Promotional Award") as well as the "Salieri-Zinetti" International Chamber Music Competition 2013 (2nd Prize and Audience Award) and the Orlando International String Quartet Competition 2014 (1st prize and audience prize). They are scholarship holders of the Matsuo Academic Foundation in Tokyo and the Ottilie-Selbach-Redslob Foundation in Berlin.
The ensemble is currently studying with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) in the master's program at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover and preparing intensively for major international competitions and numerous concerts.

Tsuyoshi MORIYA, violin
In 2011, Tsuyoshi Moriya completed his Masters Degree with honors at the Tokyo University of the Arts and his diploma studies at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. He took lessons from Yoko Tabuchi, Takaya Urakawa, Gérard Poulet and Stephan Picard. He is a laureate of numerous international competitions. In Germany, he won the second prize at the International Marschner Competition in Freiburg in 2002 and the Bach Prize at the International Louis Spohr Competition in Freiburg in 2003. Tsuyoshi Moriya performs with various orchestras as a soloist or as a guest concertmaster in Japan and Europe.

Eri SUGITA, Viola
was born in Kobe, Japan, in 1985, and began playing 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 joined the viola. From 2008 to 2010 she studied as a "Young Soloist" at the Kronberg Academy. Violin studies with Azusa Tachita, Yu Nishiwada, Takeaki Sumi, Koichiro Harada and viola with Nobuo Okada, Nobuko Imai and Hartmut Rohde, chamber music with Oliver Wille.
In 2011, she began studying at the University of the Arts. In 2010 and 2011 she won the Rohde Förderpreis for Viola, the Conductor Prize and scholarships of the Carl Flesch Academy. In addition, in 2011 she was semi-finalist of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. She has appeared at the JT Ensemble Series as well as at the Kurashiki Music Festival, Canal Festival in Amsterdam, San Francisco International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. She was heard as a soloist in the castle hotel in Kronberg and in the Matthaus church in Berlin u. a. with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Frankfurt and the Philharmonic Baden-Baden.
In 2012 she was guest soloist with the Kurpfalzischen Kammerorchester Mannheim. Sugita is sponsored by the Yellow Angel Scholarship, the Paul Hindemith Society in Berlin, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan.

Dimitri PAVLOV, violin
was born in Russia in 1984 and received his first violin lessons at the age of six in St. Petersburg. In 1992, he emigrated to Israel with his family and continued taking violin lessons at the Dunia Veitzman Conservatory in Haifa. He successfully graduated from the Junior High School of Arts and studied chamber music in the high school of arts. After graduating from the Dunia Veitzman Conservatory, Moti continued his studies with violinist Hagai Shaham. As a member of the Young Musician Group of the Jerusalem Music Center, he became a member of the Moti Piano Trio, which made several radio recordings in the years 2001-2004. He was a member of the Gertler Quartet of the Boochman-Mehta Music School in Tel-Aviv, with whom he played numerous concerts in a major chamber music series in Israel, on radio and television. He completed his studies in 2004-2008 with Irena Svetlova at the Bucman-Mehta Music Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
He participated in concerts with West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Maestro Daniel Barenboim (2004, 2006) and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (2008).

Ruiko MATSUMOTO, cello
was born in 1986 in Sapporo, Japan. At the age of ten, she received her first violoncello lessons from Hakuro Mori and Yoshiro Uehara.
From 2001-2006 she studied violoncello with Hakuro Mori at the Toho High School of Music and at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.
In 2006 she completed her violoncello studies as well as chamber music studies with Eberhard Feltz and the Artemis Quartet in 2012 with Claudio Bohorquez at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. In 2012 she graduated with honors. She is currently a master student. She has received numerous prizes and awards, including ao. 1st Prize of "Sapporo Youth Cello Competition", 1st Prize of "Classical Music Competition Japan", 3rd Prize of "JILA Music Competition" and 3rd Prize of "VIVA Hall Cello Competition". It is funded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan.