Philipp Beckert - 1st Violin

Philipp Beckert was born in Dresden. He attended the specialised school for music and studied violin at the conservatories in Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin.
At the same time, he attended masterclasses with Ruggiero Ricci, Ion Voicu, Saschko Gawriloff and André Gertler. Beckert joined the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra as first violinist in 1986 and was deputy concertmaster there until 1996. He has been a member of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in the first violin section since 1996. Philipp Beckert has appeared in RSB chamber concerts with solo works by Eugene Ysaÿe and Niccolò Paganini. In 2005 he presented the “Beckert Quartet Berlin” (BQB) as part of the RSB chamber concerts together with Franziska Drechsel, Andreas Willwohl and So Yung Lee.

In 2010, at the suggestion of Marek Janowski, he put together a high-calibre ensemble to rehearse Franz Schubert’s Octet, in which he himself played the first violin part. The octet was performed on the occasion of a Schlüterhof concert by the RSB at the German Historical Museum.
Together with the Israeli pianist Einav Yarden, Philipp Beckert played Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata in further RSB chamber concerts in 2011, as well as César Franck’s Violin Sonata in 2013. In 2015, he took on the role of first violin in Arnold Schönberg’s string sextet “Verklärte Nacht”, again at a Schlüterhof concert. He has performed as a soloist with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt. He has also taken part in numerous world premières by contemporary composers. The Hamburg label Es-Dur released a CD with the octet by Franz Schubert and the octet “Dunkle Lichter” by Mario Wiegand.
In 2016, Philipp Beckert recorded Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s flute quartets on CD with his colleagues Ulf Dieter Schaaff, Andreas Willwohl and Georg Boge for the Dutch label PENTATONE.