Winner of the WDR3 Klassik award – WESPE – 2017

Since at least winning the WDR 3 Klassik award of the city Münster, which is organized by the German Music Council, the QUARTETTO PAGANINO attracted nationwide attention. This was followed by admission to the Jürgen-Ponto-Foundation, which promotes highly skilled young musicians over several years. The four musicians met for the first time in September 2016 to dare to the most sophisticated music formation – the string quartet. Christoph Wyneken, artistic director of the LJO Baden-Württemberg for 40 years, formed the group into an artistic unit practising on many long weekends and guided the youthful enthusiasm into suitable musical paths. With instrumental skills, a sure sense of style and sensitive empathy, the multi-layered musical processes have to be deepened over the years. This is also the declared aim of the Quartet: to grow together and to engage in a long-term adventure.




Born in Heidelberg Leo started playing the violin at the age of five. His first teacher in Heidelberg A. Ostrowskij was followed by E. Plotkina, the former soloist of the Bolschoi Orchestra in Moskow. He has been a student of Alexander Gilman in Zurich ​for two years. Since May 2014 Leo is a member of the LGT Young Soloists … MORE


Estelle began playing the violin at the age of five. She received several first prizes at the national competition Jugend Musiziert and at international competitions. Being taught by Mrs. Natalija Raithel from Munich, she is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and has received an instrument for her achievements … MORE


Felicitas began playing the violin at the age of four. She won several 1st prizes at the national competition Jugend Musiziert, but also changed in parallel to the viola. In 2015 Felicitas became a member of the Federal Youth Orchestra. She is a young student of Prof. Fehlandt at the Stuttgart Music Academy, where she was taught until 2014. During this … MORE


Samuel has been playing cello since he was five years old. He won several 1st prizes at the national competition Jugend Musiziert. Since 2017, Samuel has been taught by Prof. Gouton, solo cellist of the Stuttgart State Orchestra at the MHS in Trossingen. He is a member of the LGT Young Soloists and is the leader of the cello group in the Federal … MORE

Christoph Wyneken completed his studies at the colleges in Berlin, Detmold and Austin (Texas USA). In particular, the educational work with Andor Toth (Galamian School) and George Neikrug (Dounis School) shall be mentioned, which have marked Christoph Wyneken in a decisive way. For 20 years he was first Concertmaster of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the NDR (Northern German Broadcasting) Hannover … MORE



Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Quartet No. 8 E Minor, Op. 59,2

Antonín Dvorák

  • »American Quartet«, String Quartet F Major, Op. 96

Joseph Haydn

  • »Rider«, String Quartet G Minor, Op. 74 No. 3

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

  • String Quartet F Minor, Op. 80

Dimitri Shostakovich

  • String Quartet C Minor, Op. 110

Franz Schubert

  • »Death and the Maiden«, String Quartet N0. 14 D Minor, D 810



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