Ukrainian violinist, DIANA TISHCHENKO, made her debut with the Crimean Symphony Orchestra at the age of 8. She later studied at the Lysenko Specialized School of Music in Kiev. She is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. In November 2014, she made her debut with Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, playing Shostakovitch Concerto No. 1 in a minor in the hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker. With her duo-partner, Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr, she was awarded the 1st Prize at the 10th Concours International de Musique de Chambre in Lyon, France. In 2015, she was invited for the concertmaster position at the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
OLIVIERO HASSAN has been a member of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's viola section since 2008. Having grown up in Berlin, his first violin teachers had been Amadeus Heutling of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Abraham Jaffé. It was only in 2007 that a befriended violist recommended him to try the viola, and Oliviero instantly took to the beauty of the viola's warm sound. He then attended several viola masterclasses with, among others, Lars Anders Tomter and Lawrence Power at the Aurora Masterclass 2011 in Sweden. Before joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero has played with numerous German orchestras, such as SWR Baden-Baden & Freiburg, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, and others.
ANDREAS GRAF was born in Basel, Switzerland, where he began playing the cello at the age of eight. Andreas has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras throughout Europe, such as the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, the Nurnberg Symphony, the Jena Symphony, and the Kiel Philharmonic. In a collaboration with Conte Piano Trio, he was awarded first prize in the 9th chamber music competition of the Polytechnic Society of Frankfurt am Main. Since 2007, he has been a member of Berne Symphony Orchestra. Andreas has also collaborated with musicians like Natalia Chee and Keisuke Okasaki, and has participated in a variety of international music festivals.
JOACHIM CARR was born in 1988 in Bergen, Norway, and studied piano with the renowned Czech professor Jiri Hlinka at Barratt Dues Institute of Music. In 2011 he moved to Berlin and received his Bachelor Diploma from Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler." He is currently taking his Master's degree with prof. Eldar Nebolsin. In October 2014, he won the 1st Prize, the Audience Award, as well as the Orchestra's Prize from the Bergen Philharmonic at the 14th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Norway. In 2013, he was awarded the Coup de coeur Special Prize for his recital at the prestigious 25th Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey, Switzerland.