Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici

credit Hans Engels

Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici completed his violin studies with Stefan Gheorghiu; after finishing his studies, he moved with his family to Israel. Before becoming principal concert master of the Munich Philharmonic in 1992, he held the same position with the orchestra of the Finnish State Opera in Helsinki. He has appeared as soloist together with such eminent conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Valery Gergiev. Both video and CD recordings of these concerts have been released.

After the death of Sergiu Celibidache in 1996, he founded the Trio Celibidache with which he has gone on numerous tours at home and abroad. In the year 2000 Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici became the first violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic Octet. He has performed as a member, concert master and soloist with a large number of Berlin Philharmonic ensembles such as the Philharmonic Virtuosos of Berlin, the Sextet of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as the Sinfonietta Berlin. In 2012 he has founded the new Octet Philharmonic-Berlin-Munich-Wien, which consists of members of these European world-class orchestras. These musicians have concert master and soloist positions with the Berlin, Munich and Wien Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2004 Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici received a professorship at the Academy of Music in San Sebastián, Spain and he also performs as concertmaster and soloist with the San Sebastián Orchestra. In 2011 he received a guest professorship at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, Japan.

Since 2004 he is the conductor and soloist of the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with which he has performed a number of concertos, among others with Hélène Grimaud, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martin Stadtfeld, Nikolaj Znaider and David Fray and has been invited to make international guest appearances. In 2011 he recorded the Bach Piano Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and went on a tour of Germany, together with Martin Stadtfeld.

In 2013 Valery Gergiev appointed Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici as conductor and soloist of the Stradivari-Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where he frequently performs concerts with famous artists and at well known festivals such as Stars of the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg. Frequently Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici performs also as concert master and soloist under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre. In December 2013, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto in St Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev and in February 2014, he performed the same piece in Munich, Madrid and Barcelona together with Daniel Müller-Schott, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Egbert Tholl wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung' in 2010: "If you have a concert master like Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, this all embracing embodiment of violin playing, you don't need a soloist". The Munich Merkur wrote in 2014: "Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici gave a splendid solo-performance filled with virtuosic elegance in the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello, together with Daniel Müller-Schott.

Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici plays a violin from Antonio Stradivario, built in 1713 (private loan).