Erich Höbarth

Höbarth_ErichEric Höbarth was born in 1956 in Vienna, where he studied with Grete Bidermann and Franz Samohy; subsequently there were studies in Salzburg with Sandor Végh. From 1978 – 1980 he was a member of the celebrated Végh Quartet, followed by seven years as concertmaster of the Wiener Symphoniker. He has long held the position of first violin with Quatuor Mosaiques which plays the classical repertoire on original instruments and collaborates in chamber music with András Schiff and Sabine Meyer. With the Wiener Streichsextett, another long-term relationship, he is committed to maintaining “a living Viennese style”, to this end several contemporary composers have written works for the ensemble. Höbarth has appeared frequently as a soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker, the Chapelle Royale in Paris and the Concentus Musicus under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He is a visiting professor for chamber music at the Musikhochschule in Graz.

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