Biography

Volker was Lord Menuhin’s favourite pupil as he truly represented for him the musician of the 21st century: the one who goes towards the cultures of the world and plays the violin with Gypsies as well as with Turkish Sufis or jazz pianists. He was a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and is holder of several international titles, ( amongst others 1st prize in the Israeli university competition in Tel Aviv 1st prize for improvised music in the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Paris). As a wanderer between worlds of music, he appeared together with Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grapelli, was a soloist of reputable orchestras (amongst others the state orchestra of Dresden) and has been on tour with African, Indian and Arab Musicians. He has held Workshops and master courses all over the world and written numerous articles as well a book on issues to do with musical education (“About The Unbearable Lightness Of Playing An Instrument”, Nepomuk-Verlag, Aarau). Yehudi Menuhin said of him: “ Volker exists. He is a phenomenon whose source of vitality is precisely the creative power of music and folk music. I adore him!””

Art form: musician, violinist, singer

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