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Christina Biwank

Solo violist - Member of the Orchestra Board
in the orchestra since 1998

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.

Christina Biwank began her musical training on the viola as a young student with Emile Cantor at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, Baden Württemberg. After graduating from high school, she studied with Hariolf Schlichtig at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where she also took chamber music and pedagogy. Christina Biwank then studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music London. Various international master classes - for example with Atar Arad and Thomas Riebl - complemented her education. She was a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service, the Karl Klingler Foundation, the Munich Orchestra Academy, the "Villa Musica" Foundation as well as a prize winner of the competition of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft.

After a temporary position with the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich, Christina Biwank was a member of the Saxon State Orchestra until she accepted the solo position with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Her orchestral engagements continue to be supplemented by solo and chamber music appearances. She has been a soloist with the Bielefeld Philharmonic, the Anhalt Philharmonic Dessau, the Bergische Symphoniker and the Dresden Philharmonic and has performed with artists such as Gerhard Schulz, Lilly Bayrowa, David Waterman, as well as the Hugo Wolf Quartet and the Mandelring Quartet. With pianist Christoph Berner, she is dedicated to cultivating the duo repertoire for viola and piano. She is a founding member of the Collenbusch Quartet and the Jacobus Stainer Quartet.

Christina Biwank plays a viola made by the master luthier Martin Schwalb from Vienna.