Second Violin: Matthias Ellinger
Matthias Ellinger was born in Dôle, France. He studied orchestral and chamber music and received soloistic training from Joshua Epstein at the Saarland Academy of Music and Theatre. There followed master courses with André Gertler and Gerhard Schulz.
During his student years, he participated in solo and chamber music recordings of Saarland and Belgian Radio. Alongside this, he performed concerts in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and England and gained a great deal of orchestral experience as well: Ellinger played in the orchestras of Saarland Radio and the SWR, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre National de Lorraine and the Saarland State Orchestra.
Since 2008 he has been second violinist with the Verdi Quartet in Cologne, with which he travels throughout practically the entire world and has given a large number of master courses. With his wife, the Japanese pianist Yuko Ellinger (née Mine) he founded the Duo Lafcadio in 2011, which is especially dedicated to German, French and Japanese chamber music. He has been an instructor at the Schwerin Conservatory since 2012.