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Herwig Zack (Violin)

Born: Frankfurt / Main, Hesse, Germany

The German violinist, Herwig Zack, received his training in Germany from Karl-Albrecht Herrmann, Edith Peinemann und Max Rostal. Then from 1978 he studied at Indiana University in Bloomington / USA violin with Josef Gingold, and chamber music with György Sebök, Menahem Pressler and Georges Janzer. In 1976 he joined the eligibility list of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. He won prizes in several national and international competitions.

From 1982 to 1995 was he was concert-master of the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. As a soloist Herwig Zack has played under the direction of conductors such as Karl Münchinger, Ferdinand Leitner, Dennis Russell Davies, Gilbert Varga and Yutaka Sado. His music partners included Henryk Szeryng, Trevor Pinnock, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Bernd Glemser and Grigori Zhislin. With his brother, Bernd - Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock - he has long had a solid violin and piano duo.

Herwig Zack has performed is in many European countries, USA, Far East, South America, Australia, Africa operate. Concert tours have taken him in 2000 and 2001 took him to Spain, South America and Japan; in 2003 and 2006 to Switzerland and Japan; in 2004 and 2006 to Romania. Zacks repertoire includes the well-known masterpieces, many rarely performed compositions. In addition, he is engaged in the field of contemporary music.

Numerous radio recordings and CD productions on labels such as Decca, Bayer Records, Podium, Mediaphon, Amadeo and others document his versatility. The international press attested to his playing "elegance and clarity" (New York Times), "exceptional virtuosity" (El Mercurio, Santiago de Chile), "sheer perfection" (South China Morning Post, Hong Kong), "a charming beautiful, clear sound "(Ongaku No Tomo, Tokyo), "artistic superiority and maturity" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Herwig Zack was in 1980 Assistant Professor at Indiana University. He has given master-classes in Europe, Japan, the USA and Chile, and since October 1994 he is Professor for violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg. Several of his students were successful in competitions, others are well-known German orchestra members, some in leading positions.

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Source: Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2009)
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Herwig Zack: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Karl Münchinger


BWV 80, BWV 140

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Hochschule für Musik Würzburg: Prof. Herwig Zack [German]
Herwig Zack (Official Website) [German/English]

Herwig Zack (Avie Records)

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