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Markus Wolf
Markus Wolf

B108085   B 108 085
Violin sonatas, anno 1886 - M. Wolf & J. Riem
B108037   B 108 037
Horntrios: J. Brahms, G. Ligeti, C. Koechlin
B108034   B 108 034
R. Strauss, H. Pfitzner: Violin Sonatas
S108061   S 108 061
Schumann, Wagner, Strauss - K. Nagano
B108046   B 108 046 / S 108 047
G. Mahler: Symphony No. 3, d minor
2CD-box / 2SACD-box
B108042   B 108 042 / S 108 044
Schönberg: Transfigured Night, Chamber Sym.
B108049   B 108 049
R. Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Siegfried-Idyll
B108001   B 108 001
A. Webern: Chamber music
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Markus Wolf, born in 1962 in Vienna, has been First Concertmaster at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 1989. Before that, he held the same position at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Wolf studied at the Vienna Music Conservatory under Günter Pichler, where he started working as his assistant lecturer for six years in 1983, after having passed his diploma examination with unanimous distinction. He subsequently studied under Max Rostal, Nathan Milstein, Oskar Shumsky and Sandor Vegh.

Ever since he was child, Markus Wolf, who has also made a name for himself as an award-winner at several competitions, has been devoting himself to chamber music. From 1971 until 1982, he joined his brothers in the "Wolf Trio", initially as violinist and later on as viola player. As violist, he was also invited by the "Alban Berg Quartett" to perform Mozart’s string quintets with them and to record them for EMI.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he gave concerts with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Marcello Viotti, Peter Schneider, Kent Nagano, Jan Märkl, and Ivor Bolton, to name but a few. In 1981, he founded the "Beethoven Trio Wien", which he regularly performs with throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, and in the United States. The ensemble has already released eleven CDs, among others the piano trios by Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, and Korngold, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Philippe Entremont.

Wolf has been playing in the horn trio with Ab Koster and Nikolaus Lahusen since 1992 († 2005). In 1999, together with Johannes Dengler, he founded the "Munich Horn Trio", whose album of trios by Brahms, Ligeti and Koechlin was awarded the ECHO Klassik Prize in 2012.

Further CD recordings are Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (triptychon) and the Chamber Symphony No. 1 by Schönberg, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

The artist teaches master classes in Germany and Japan, and has given numerous guest performances as a concertmaster at the London Symphony Orchestra from 1997 until 2002.

Since the year 2000, he has been teaching at the Munich Richard Strauss Music Conservatory and has been Denes Szigmondy’s successor at the Augsburg Music Conservatory since 2005. Since the academic year 2008/09, upon the integration of the Richard-Strauss-Conservatorium into the Music Hochschule, he has been a tutor at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Munich. In 2012 Markus Wolf was nominated Honorary Professor.

In appreciation of his services towards the Bavarian State Opera, he was awarded the title of "Bayerischer Kammervirtuose" in the year of 2000.

Markus Wolf plays the "Vollrath-Stradivarius" from 1722, a loan from the Bayerische Landesbank.