Liviu Prunaru studied with Alberto Lysy at the renowned Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and with Dorothy DeLay in New York. He was appointed principal violinist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in September 2006. Prunaru has given solo performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has given recitals throughout the world. In 2010, he was appointed artistic director of the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. Prunaru plays a 1694 Stradivarius, financed by the Stichting Instituut Gak and specially on loan to him from the RCO donors’ foundation Stichting Donateurs.
Born in Germany, Gregor Horsch studied at the Freiburg University of Music with Christoph Henkel and later at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum. After graduating from the latter institution with honours in 1989, Horsch moved to the Netherlands, serving successively as principal cellist with the Netherlands Balletorkest and the Residentie Orchestra. He was appointed principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1997. Since 1996, Horsch has taught cello at the conservatories in The Hague, Amsterdam and Manchester, and took up a professorship in cello at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf in 2009. Horsch plays a 1696 cello built by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in Brescia.
Before studying conducting, Andris Nelsons embarked on a musical career as a trumpet player with the orchestra of the Latvian National Opera. He has also won various prizes as a singer. In 2001, he moved to St Petersburg to study conducting with Alexander Titov. He studied privately with Mariss Jansons starting a year later. Andris Nelsons is music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2014. In addition, he will be Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with effect from the 2017/18 season. Earlier, he served as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2008-2015), the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (2006-2009) and the Latvian National Opera in his native city of Riga (2003-2007). The Latvian conductor also works regularly with the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich and the New York Philharmonic. He has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and the Vienna State Opera. He has also made various guest appearances at the Bayreuth Festival.