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First Violin: Susanne Rabenschlag


For Susanne Rabenschlag chamber music is the form of expression with the broadest horizon. The wide-ranging repertoire continually provides the first violinist of the Verdi Quartet with new stimuli – like a “colourful and adventurous musical playground” on which even the most familiar music is in a constant state of transformation.

She received her professional training with Max Rostal at the Cologne Music Academy and – as a stipend-holder of the German Studies Foundation – with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Studies with the Amadeus Quartet as well as master courses with the Melos Quartet and the Shostakovich Quartet in Moscow followed.

Susanne Rabenschlag founded the Verdi Quartet with Karin Wolf in 1985; the ensemble has given guest performances at the major festivals of Schwetzingen, Ludwigsburg and Zermatt, the Mozart Festival in Lille (France), the Orlando Festival in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) and the Bach Festival in Oregon, where the ensemble served as quartet-in-residence.

The duo that Susanne Rabenschlag has formed with the Egyptian pianist Hatem Nadim has recorded the complete violin sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for CAvi. Since 1995, Susanne Rabenschlag has been Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the State Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim. She gives international master courses and workshops and is a jury member at national and international competitions.