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Prof. Reinhard Öhlberger
In the orchestra business meeting on July 28, 2014 in Salzburg, two musicians were admitted into the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic.
© Serban Mestecaneanu
≡ Bernhard Hedenborg
Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg, who is the younger brother of our first violinist, Wilfried Hedenborg, was born in Salzburg on July 27, 1979, and is indebted for his musical development to the cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff, who gave him thorough instruction for almost 10 years. After this, he completed his studies with David Geringas, Zara Nelsova and Miklos Pérenyi. He received an intensive chamber music education from György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, György Sebök and the Alban Berg, Amadeus, Artis and Hagen Quartets, as well as the Altenberg Trio.
Berhard Hedenborg is the winner of several international prizes, such as the Silver Medal from the "2nd International Tchaikovsky Competition" for young msicians. In 1998, he won first prize along with the special prize at the "International Competition for Young Musicians" in Oslo. He has performed many concerts in Europe, Japan, India and South America, with such groups as the Cologne Radio Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Thomas Christian Ensemble, Bernard has appeared at renowned festivals and as a member of the Ensemble Raro given concerts in Europe, Japan and South America. As a soloist he has performed with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as "Soloist in Residence" in the 2007/08 season at the Theater Eisenach, perfoming eight concerts with General Music Director Tetsuro Ban. Since 2006, Bernhard is the artistic director of the Kobe Music Festival in Japan. Between 2008 through 2011, he held the position of principal cellist with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; in 2011, following a successful audition, he joined the the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2014..
≡ Iztok Hrastnik
Iztok Hrastnik was born on March 25, 1987 in Celje/Cilli, Slovenia—a region that still today is called "Štajerska" in Slovenian and thus indicative of the former Southern Styria. He received his first musical training at the Musikschule Laško on violin and guitar. Upon entrance into the Music High School in Ljubljana, he changed to contrabass, studying with Prof. Zoran Markovic, with whom he continued to study at the Music Academy in Ljubljana. During this time he also took part in numerous master classes by Janne Saksala, Josef Niederhammer, Klaus Stoll, Joel Quarrington, Alberto Bocini and Antonio Sciancalepore. He received his diploma in 2009.
He made a successful audition in 2007 for principal contrabass for the Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana where he began work immediately, although, in accordance with practice there which is quite different than in Austria, he was not officially confirmed until he had graduated from the academy, which says a great deal about his precocious ability. While a student in 2010/11, he taught at the Conservatory in Ljubljana. He auditioned at the Vienna State Opera in 2011 and received a position, advancing in 2013 to section leader of the contrabass section.
Iztok Hrastnik has won three first prizes - at the Slovenian National Competition, the Slovenian International Competition and, in 2009, at the ARD International Music Competition. As a soloist he has appeared with the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Ljubljana Opera Orchestra and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic. He received additional orchestral experience with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Jeunessess Musicales World Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.