The Philharmonic String Quintet Berlin (PSB) is unique in its instrumentation: instead of enlarging the string quartet with an additional viola or cello, the ensemble is completed by adding a double bass. This deliberate choice allows the ensemble to act like a one-to-a-part string orchestra since all five string sections are represented: “Based on our experiences, the compositions gain tremendously in breadth of sound.”
The quintet thereby crosses the boundaries of a purely chamber music setting towards a formation with symphonic dimensions. The repertoire of the ensemble includes of course original quintet works but also numerous other works in arrangements for their specific instrumentation.
The Philharmonic String Quintet Berlin emerged from the longstanding collaboration between Wolfgang Talirz and Romano Tommasini. Their first concert was given in February 2007 in Belgium. With great success! Within a short period of time it advanced to a popular ensemble, meanwhile guesting in the whole of Europe and touring in Asia several times per year.
Luiz Felipe Coelho (1st violin) began playing the violin at the age of four in his home town of São Paulo. He studied in Piteå/Sweden and Berlin where he passed his concert exam with distinction in 2008. In 2007 and 2008, he was a student of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and became a regular orchestra member in 2012.
Romano Tommasini (2nd violin) is the son of Italian parents and grew up in Luxemburg and France. He completed his musical studies in 1983 in Paris. After being first concertmaster in the Nancy Orchestra, he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989.
Wolfgang Talirz (viola) has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1983 and has been actively involved in many chamber music formations of the orchestra, for which he has received many distinctions.
David Riniker (violoncello) studied in Basel and completed his training with numerous master classes. In parallel to his orchestral duties, he is a very active chamber musician – e.g. as part of the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Janusz Widzyk (double bass) studied in Krakow and Cologne. After engagements at the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn and the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001. Furthermore he plays concerts as a soloist and chamber musicians throughout Europe.
Antonín Dvořák String Quintet in e flat major op. 97
1. Allegro non tanto
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini Sonata a quattro No. 3 in C major
(1792 – 1868)
Ottorino Respighi Antiche Danze ed Arie for strings
(1879 – 1936)
Giacomo Puccini Crisantemi
(1858-1924) Andante Mesto
Giovanni Bottesini Tarantella
(1821-1889) Allegro brillante
Antonio Bazzini La Rondo des Lutins,
(1818-1897) Scherzo fantastique for violon and strings