Winner, Astral Artists’ 2005 National Auditions
The Philadelphia Inquirer says of violinist Korbinian Altenberger, “His ability to rise and fall on a single tone is breathtaking…His expressivity is singular.” The native of Munich, Germany, was recently appointed Principal Second Violin of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under Mariss Jansons. He has appeared as soloist in the U.S., Israel, Japan, South Africa, South America, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. As the Second Prize winner of the eminent Montréal International Musical Competition in 2010, he was invited to perform in recital in the celebrated Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory of Music in 2010 and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
Mr. Altenberger has been featured as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia, Munich Philharmonic, Halle Philharmonic, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Kassel Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra, and Symphony in C. A soloist at the Salzburger Festspiele and Ticino Musica festivals, he has also appeared as soloist before the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He gave his New York recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall in 2010, performing four of Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas, with pianist Andrius Zlabys. As an artist-in-residence at the State Orchestra of Eisenach, Germany, Mr. Altenberger was soloist during the orchestra’s 2006-2007 season. He is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, and recently performed with New York’s Omega Ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Project, and with the Kuss Quartet in Israel and South America. In the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Altenberger appeared on Astral Artists’ series in its Philadelphia Brahms Festival, participated at the Shostakovich Festival in Dresden, and taught masterclasses and gave chamber music performances in Japan. In the 2012-2013 season, he appears in a chamber concert on Astral’s series as soloist in Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and gives a recital for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
A winner of Astral Artists’ 2005 National Auditions, Mr. Altenberger was also the recipient of the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned piece in Munich’s 2005 ARD Music Competition. He also received First Prize and the Audience Choice award from the Jacob Stainer Violin Competition and First Prize from Italy’s Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition, where he was also awarded a special prize for his performance of Bach. He has also received top prizes from New Zealand’s International Michael Hill Competition, the Concertino Praga International Competition, and the Jugend Musiziert National Violin Competition, and was awarded both Third Prize and the Audience Prize at Switzerland’s International Tibor Varga Competition. In 2010, he received a Career Grant from the REB Foundation.
Mr. Altenberger studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Musikhochschule Köln. He has also been a participant at the Verbier Festival, Music at Menlo Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Leon Fleisher Workshop at Carnegie Hall, the Munich Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series, and at Prussia Cove in England. The winner of the New England Conservatory’s Mozart Competition, he received both a graduate diploma and an Artist Diploma from NEC as a student of Donald Weilerstein. He recently completed studies with Midori Goto in the Graduate Certificate Program at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he held the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship. He also toured Cambodia, Europe, and Japan as part of Midori’s community engagement programming, and was featured in the renowned violinist’s first “Young Artist Program for Partners in Performance” in Dillon, Montana.
Mr. Altenberger has recorded Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, for Germany’s Bella Musica label.
Updated: AUGUST 2012