After his studies with Prof. Lydia Dubrovskaya, Klaus started studying a diploma at the Würzburg Musikhochschule where he graduated with honours. During this time he studied violin with Prof. Ruggiero Ricci, Grigory Zhislin and Herwig Zack as well as obtaining his Masterclasses Diploma.
As concertmaster, he works with the Jungen Bayerischen Kammerphilharmonie, Pasinger Fabrik, Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein and Sinfonietta Lamagna and the Kammeroper Frankfurt . Currently, he is concertmaster of the Sinfonietta Vorarlberg as well as being a member of Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg, where he often performs the role of section leader.
His special interest is chamber music and is highly sought after throughout Europe. As soloist he has performed with Philhamonie Zlin, Jenaer Philharmonie, Ensemble Kontrast and the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra .
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Jelena began her studies at the Music High School in Stankovic where, at a young age was often used in a solo capacity. She then moved on to study at the Musikhochschule in Stankovic with Gordana Matjevic. In Germany she studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich, Augsburg and Nürnberg with Urs Stiehler, Prof. Lydia Dubrovskaya and Prof. HansPeter Hofmann.
She is currently a member of Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie BodenseeOberschwaben and Sinfonietta Vorarlberg. She has also played with the Bayerischeskammerorchester and as a section leader of various orchestras including Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein.
Jelena appears regularly around Europe as a chamber musician, in 2014 she took part in the Cantiere Internazionale d‘Arte di Montepulciano where she performed as a chamber music partner with Tobias Ringborg, Markus Bellheim and Justus Grimm.
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Guy completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance with Honours at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2006. This was under the tutelage of Pierre Malan and Jürgen Schwietering. In 2012, he completed his studies, with Honours, under Prof. Klaus Christa. in this year he also began teaching Viola and Violin at the Dornbirn Music School.
As an orchestral musician, he has worked with many orchestras in South Africa and is a member of the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra. He held the position of section leader in the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005 till 2009 and as a soloist, he has performed with orchestras in South Africa and in Vorarlberg. Guy is a founding member of the Trio Ilias and Viola Total! , he also performs regularly with Ensemble Plus.
For 2015/16 he has been awarded the Richard Wagner scholarship from the Vorarlberg Wagner Society. Guy Speyers plays a viola by Robert William Scott, from 2014.
Born in Vienna, Austria into a family with a strong musical background. At the age of eleven his musical interests shifted from the piano more and more to the violoncello. In 1996 he was admitted to the cello class of Prof. Wolfgang Herzer (former principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) at the University of Music, Vienna, where he concluded his cello studies with distinction in 2004. Then he spent four years in Berlin, where he continued his studies at the University of Fine Arts with Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher, Martin Löhr (Trio Jean Paul), Tabea Zimmermann and the „Artemis“ Quartett. Franz Ortner is prize winner of the International Brahms Competition 2004 and the „Gradus ad Parnassum“ Cello Competition in 2005.
In 2006 and 2007 he was recipient of a stipend of the Lucerne Festical Academy directed by Pierre Boulez. From 2006-2008 he was the principal cellist of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra (Portugal), from 2009-2014 he held the position of first cellist of the Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark. With the Esbjerg Ensemble Franz Ortner has recorded the cello concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies under the direction of the composer for the Danish Radio in 2009. Currently he is a member of the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Franz Ortner is frequently invited to play as principal with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (UK), Orchestre Le Concert Olympique (Belgium), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 2010 Franz Ortner released a CD with french pianist Caroline Boirot comprising works of Brahms, Fuchs, Kirchner and Schumann for the French Label Lyrinx.
In 2011 he recorded a live-CD featuring Antonin Dvořák’s cello concerto with the Kammerorchester Niederösterreich (Austria). As a soloist he has recently appeared with the Chamber Orchestra Miskolc (Hungary), the Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall (Germany) and the Kammerorchester Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany). In 2013 he made his debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Franz Ortner plays a cello of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, 1856.