Course 4: Hans-Jakob Eschenburg – Violoncello

First solo cellist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, studied with Josef Schwab at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. From 1984 to 1988 he was principal solo cellist of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach”. Hans-Jakob Eschenburg was a founding member and longtime (1979-2000) cellist of the renowned Petersen Quartet, with whom he performed throughout Europe, in North and South America, Australia and the Far East, was a guest of important music festivals and recorded numerous CDs. He holds an artistic professorship at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and is internationally active as a chamber musician and as a soloist.

Together with Susanne Herzog and Gernot Adrion he has been playing regularly since 2006 in the Gideon-Klein-Trio. Hans-Jakob Eschenburg is a mentor in the orchestra academy of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

Hans-Jakob Eschenburg received his first cello lessons at the age of five. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he successfully participated in competitions and solo performances. His studies were completed by H.-J. Eschenberg with Prof. Josef Schwab at the Academy of Music “H. Eisler” Berlin from 1975-1984. In 1979 he co-founded the Petersen Quartet, to which he belonged until the year 2000. From 1984 to 1988 he was engaged as the first solo cellist at the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig. This was followed by a solid commitment of the Petersen Quartet at the Funkhaus Berlin. Freelance work, various teaching assignments and intensive concert activities with many renowned artists in important national and international music centers characterized the coming years.

After the chamber orchestra “C.-Ph-E.-Bach”, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin occupied H.-J. Eschenburg from March 2002 to March 2003 this position at the Staatskapelle in Berlin. He is a member of the aperto piano quartet. Numerous, award-winning CD recordings document his artistic work.