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Torsten Janicke

Biography

Born: 1958; Dresden, Germany  
Torsten Janicke is one of Germany's leading orchestral and concert violinists.

He started playing violin when he was seven years old. He won an East German Young Musicians' Competition soon afterwards.

At the age of thirteen he was admitted to the Dresden string school, a famous specialty school. In 1976 he entered the Dresden Carl Maria von Weber Music Academy in Dresden. Since this school was originally established by the
Read more Dresden State Orchestra, it is one of the world's finest orchestral training organizations. His teacher was Heinz Rudolf. In addition, Janicke took master classes with Oleg Kryssa, Wolfgang Marschner, and André Gertler.

Even before graduating, Janicke won an award at the 1980 Bach Competition in Leipzig. In 1982 the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra hired him as first concertmaster.

Subsequent competition awards confirmed him as one of the leading new violinists of Germany. He received prizes in the Tibor Varga Violin Competition in Sion, 1985, the Indianapolis International Violin Competition of 1986, and the ARD Competition in Munich in 1988.

In 1989 he was appointed first concertmaster of the Essen Philharmonic, and in 1991 first concertmaster of the Gürzenich Orchestra/Cologne Philharmonic.

In addition, he maintains a career as a concert violinist, primarily in Central Europe (appearing with the Leipzig and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé State Philharmonic, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Kassel State Theater Orchestra, and the Poznan Symphony) but also with some orchestral appearances in farther locations, including Egypt (Cairo Symphony) and Russia (St. Petersburg State Orchestra). As a solo recitalist or chamber player he has also toured to the United States and elsewhere in Europe. In addition to the standard repertory concertos, he is something of a specialist in lesser-known works, such as the Hans Werner Henze, Richard Strauss, Louis Spohr, and Karol Szymanowski violin concertos.

He is the first violinist of the Gürzenich Quartet and concertmaster of the Gürzenich Chamber Orchestra. He has made frequent appearances on Bavarian Radio (Munich) and WDR (Western Germany Radio) (Cologne).

His instrument is a 1736 Gagliano violin. Read less
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