Die Kolophonistinnen



Biographies



Hannah Amann was born in November 2001 in Vorarlberg / Austria. At the age of 5 she received her first cello lessons by Sarolta Bobok in the Dornbirn School of Music, where she could gain initial experiences as a soloist with the Dornbirn Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since 2014 she has attended the Viennese High School for Music Students and has received cello lessons from Maria Grün - from 2014 to 2017 at the J. S. Bach Music School and since September 2017 in the preparatory course for especially gifted young musicians at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Hannah Amann participated in several cello master classes with well-known teachers, including Josef Luitz (A), Stephan Forck (Ger) and Wen-Sinn Yang (Ger) and is a member of the Horizon Youth Orchestra, an initiative of excellent young musicians. Hannah Amann is a repeat prizewinner of the Prima la musica competition as a soloist and in the category chamber music.



Marlene Förstel, born in 2000 in Lower Austria, first received cello lessons at the age of 6. In 2012 she was accepted into the gifted class of the J. S. Bach Music School in Vienna as well as the Young-Masters-Program for the promotion of particularly talented young musicians. She was taught by Maria Grün and Andrea Traxler. Since October 2017, she has studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Maria Grün.
She completed numerous master classes with renowned teachers, including Reinhard Latzko, Heidi Litschauer, Marko Ylönen, and Josef Luitz. Marlene Förstel is a repeat prizewinner of the Prima la musica competition. In 2016, she won first prize in the "Violoncello solo" category at the national competition and was invited to perform as a soloist in the Great Hall of the Festspielhaus St. Pölten. Further soloist appearances followed, including concerts at Schloss Laudon in Mauerbach (2016, 2017), the atmospheric Great Knight's Hall of Burg Raabs (2017), and the Palace of Justice Vienna (2018).



Elisabeth Herrmann was born 2001 in Vienna and received her first cello lessons at the age of 5. Since september 2015 she is a student at the MGW; the Viennese High School for Music Students. In the years 2008 – 2016 she received lessons in the cello class for outstanding students at the J. S. Bach musicschool from Maria Grün. Since october 2016 she studies at the MDW, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and is taught by Prof. Stefan Kropfitsch. Elisabeth participated in several masterclasses. She is a repeat prizewinner of the national Prima la musica competition as a soloist and with several chamber ensembles. Concerts in orchestra projects that were performed at the famous concert halls of Vienna, e.g. the Carmina Burana and Die Schöpfung. Solo- and chamber Concerts in The Muth, e.g. the Mosevariationen from Paganini and the Popper Requiem for 3 solocelli and orchestra with the Young Master Project of the J. S. Bach Music School and the MDW. Elisabeth is a member of the Horizon Youth Orchestra, an incorporation of outstanding students of the MGW.



Theresa Laun was born in Vienna in 2001. She received her first cello lessons by Eva Landkammer at the age of 5. From 2015 to 2017 she was a student of Christophe Pantillon. During her six months as a Specialist Cello Student at Wells Cathedral School, she received lessons from Richard May. In September 2017, she successfully auditioned for a place at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her current teacher is Maria Grün.
Since 2011 she has been enroled at Musikgymnasium Wien, the Viennese specialist high school for music. Theresa Laun has already attended numerous masterclasses of well-known Cellists including Wen-Sinn Yang, Patrick Demenga, Leonid Gorokhov and Josef Luitz. Theresa is a repeat prizewinner of the national competition Prima la musica, both as a soloist and with several ensembles. Those achievements have been followed by a series of orchestra and chamber music projects and solo performances, for example in the Mozartsaal the Kunsthaus Horn and the Mozarthaus in Vienna.



As a quartet, the four cellists “Die Kolophonistinnen” have already achieved several successes. In April 2016, the then-15-year-old girls won the BePhilharmonic competition, received the Strauss Music Contest Award of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and were invited to perform live on stage at the Summer Night Concert 2016, in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. At the New Year's Concert 2017 of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, “Die Kolophonistinnen” were featured in the intermission film. In December 2017, the quartet took part in the Musica Juventutis competition and won an invitation to perform at the Vienna Konzerthaus in the autumn of 2018.


Maria Grün, member of the famous Viennese orchestra Wiener Symphoniker, cello teacher at the J. S. Bach Music School and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.