Piano quartet Musica est vita

Piano: Ulrich Urban, born in Frankfurt / Oder, studied piano with Günther Kootz at the University of Music in Leipzig and then conducting with Rolf Reuter. From 1991 he was professor of a major piano class. He was a soloist with numerous top orchestras, including abroad, and has recorded more than twenty piano concertos with German radio orchestras, in addition to classical concerts with Dvorak, Pfitzner, Reger and Strauss – the most difficult of the genre, as well as other works from the 20th century. His CD recordings, in recent years with Thorofon, CPO, Ambitus and VMS, encompass all styles since Bach, but focus on works from the late Romantic period. Concert tours and occasional master classes have taken him repeatedly to most European countries and to South America, Japan, South Africa, China and the USA.

Violin: Daniela Gebauer, learned to play the violin at the Schönebeck Music School and the Magdeburg Conservatory and studied violin play with Prof. Andreas Lehmann until 2006. She then studied with Prof. Werner Scholz in Berlin until 2010 and completed her artistic diploma in London at Trinity College in 2008. In 2009 she founded two duos that were already well-known and successfully performed in Germany: the violin duo „Con dolcezza“ (with Eberhard Palm until 2017). Furthermore the “Duo Grazioso” with Christoph Neuhaus and Ulrich Urban (piano). Contents include extensive sonata programs and virtuoso pieces from Wieniawski to Massenet, from Bach and Biber to Prokofiev. The repertoire includes 111 works for violin and piano, violin and orchestra and chamber music. As a soloist she worked with the HLM-Orchester e.V. and played several violin concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi. In 2018 she founded the piano quartet „Musica est vita“ with friends from the orchestra and the pianist Ulrich Urban. In 2010 the CD „Träumereien“ was created. There are radio and television recordings at MDR, DCF and in the open channel.

Viola: Sean Reilly studied at the Lübeck University of Music with Miguel da Silva until 2010 and completed his master’s degree in 2013 with Ori Kam in Geneva. To this end, he completed a master’s degree in musicology in Leipzig in 2017. He has worked in orchestras in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, including the Magdeburg Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. He is a freelancer.

Cello: Markus Handel was born in Weimar. From 1987 to 1993 he received his training at the Special Music School Weimar-Belvedere. He then studied cello at the Weimar University of Applied Sciences with Prof. Ewald and chamber music with Prof. Beetz (Abegg Trio). During his studies he received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. Since 1998 he has been employed by the Staatskapelle Halle. He performs regularly with various chamber music ensembles.