Vesko Eschkenazy was appointed principal violinist of the RCO in 2000. He started playing the violin at the age of five and was appointed principal violinist of the Pioneer Youth Philharmonic Orchestra four years later. He studied at the Bulgarian State Conservatory and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where his teachers included Yfrah Neaman. Eschkenazy was a prizewinner of the Wieniawski Competition in Poland in 1985 and 1988 and of the Carl Flesch Competition in London. He served successively as principal violinist with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Osiris Trio 2005. Eschkenazy plays a 1738 Guarneri del Gesù specially on loan to him
Liviu Prunaru was appointed principal violinist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2006. He studied with Alberto Lysy at the Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and with Dorothy DeLay in New York. In 1993, he won the Prix International Eugène Ysaÿe, the Audience Prize and second prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Winning the Juilliard Mendelssohn Competition in 1999 led to his New York solo debut at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Symphony. Prunaru has since 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 specially on loan to him.