Chamber Music Concert

Collenbusch Quartett

The Philharmonic Ensemble with works by Smetana, Shostakovich and Szymanowski


Sunday | 6/15/2025
6:00 pm Start of Concert
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Schloßstr. 2, 01067 Dresden
Floor Plan

About the Concert

Tickets for this event will be available from 12.06.2024 from 10 am.

How much personal life do composers allow to flow into their works? And can you hear it? The musicians of the Collenbusch Quartet have selected three works that are strongly influenced by the experiences of their creators. In the case of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, it is the First World War, which he experienced on his parents' country estate in what is now Ukraine: In his string quartet, he looks back musically and into the future. Similarly, Shostakovich composed his Third String Quartet at the end of the Second World War. But not in a gloomy, tragic way, but rather in a darkly humorous way, in which he allows the pain to come across as almost musically light-footed. The Czech national composer Smetana had an inkling when he wrote his quartet that he would soon be deaf. In a way, the result is an autobiography in sound


Karol Szymanowski
String Quartet No. 1

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 3

Bedřich Smetana
String Quartet in E minor "From my life"


Cordula Fest
Christiane Liskowsky
Christina Biwank
Ulf Prelle


Cordula Fest

Deputy concertmaster of the 2nd violins

Cordula Fest received her first violin lessons at the age of 5. She studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden with Prof. Reinhard Ulbricht and with Prof. Yair Kless at the University of Music in Graz/Austria. Numerous master classes, among others with Zakhar Bron, Donald Weilerstein and Roman Totenberg/USA completed her studies.

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Christiane Liskowsky

Christiane Liskowsky received her first violin lessons in Dresden at the age of seven and began her training in 1988 at the special school of the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden. She participated very successfully several times in the national competition "Jugend musiziert" and played in the national youth orchestra.

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Christina Biwank

Solo violist - Member of the Orchestra Board

Christina Biwank is principal violist of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also active in a variety of chamber music activities and holds a teaching position at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden.

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Ulf Prelle

solo cello

Ulf Prelle began his cello studies in the USA with the La Salle Quartet and Zara Nelsova. Further studies took him to Basel with Thomas Demenga and to Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow. Subsequently, he was a scholarship holder of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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