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Johannes Tomböck, who was born on December 22, 1983, in Vienna, received his first violin lessons at the age of six from Eugenia Polatscheck at the music school in Perchtoldsdorf. In 1995, he became the student of Alfred Staar, as well as of his assistant, Hubert Kroisamer, at the College of Music in Graz - Oberschützen campus. Following the sudden death of Alfred Staar in April 2000, Tomböck passed the entrance exam at the University of Music in Vienna and entered the class of Josef Hell. In January 2004, he played a successful audition for a first violin position with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and began his employment there on March 1, 2004.
In addition to his studies, Johannes Tomböck, has dedicated himself to chamber music and has been a member of the Coburg Quartet. He has also become a third generation Vienna Philharmonic member, following his grandfather, Wolfgang Tomböck, sen., who play horn with our orchestra from 1955 through 1993, and his father, Wolfgang Tomböck, Jr., who has played principal horn since 1978, and with whom Johannes Tomböck recorded the Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, op. 40, by Johannes Brahms. In addition to this, Johannes Tomböck completed an important part of his musical education within the family: Alfred Staar was the brother of Liane Tomböck, Johannes Tomböck’s grandmother.
Thilo Fechner was born on June 21, 1968 in Berlin into a musical family, only turned to the study of music after passing his Matura Exam in 1987. He began his studies on the College of Arts in Berlin, studying viola with Hans Joachim Greiner, and continued his work at the Julliard School of Music in New York with Karen Tuttle, attaining his Master's Degree there with the grade of superior. In the following year, he returned to the College of Arts in Berlin and entered the class of Wilfried Strehle, the principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1994, he completed the lower division with honours, which allowed him the privilege of taking the final examinations, which he passed under Bruno Guaranna in 1995.
During his years of study Thilo Fechner accumulated much orchestral experience. He was awarded the Ferenc Fricsay stipend of the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, belonged from 1993 to 1995 to the Herbert von Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, and was a member of the Berlin Baroque Orchestra and the Philharmonic Soloists of Berlin. In 1996 he received an engagement as violist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, but one year later moved to a position with the Munich Philharmonic. After having worked repeatedly with the Bayreuth Festival, he successfully auditioned for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and joined the viola section on September 1, 2004.