The renowned German violinist Gernot Süßmuth plays a Kresnik violin from the collection of the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral’s collection.
Gernot Süßmuth began his musical career at a young age. He performed in front of an orchestra at just nine years old. He won awards at competitions for children and young performers.
After finishing his studies, the Berlin Radio Symphony employed him as a concertmaster, and later he had the same role in the Staatskapelle in Berlin and in the Staatskapelle in Weimar.
Gernot Süßmuth is a sought after partner in chamber music. From 1983 to March 2000, he dedicated most of his time to the Petersen Quartet string quartet with whom he performed on numerous world concert stages and made many CDs, some of which received awards. At the turn of the millennium, he founded the Aperto Piano Quartet with Hans-Jakob Eschenburg.
Besides playing with the quartet he also plays as a soloist with renowned chamber music musicians such as Steven Bishop, Paul Meyer, Norbert Brainin and Martin Lovett, and in November 2001 with Daniel Barenboim at Furtwängler-Tagen in Jena.
Gernot Süßmuth is the artistic director of the European Union Chamber Orchestra. For several years he dedicated himself to the education of young musical talents at the conservatories in Berlin and Weimar, and in 2004 he became an honorary professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music Weimar.
In 2008 he founded the Waldstein Quartet with Mirijam Contzen, Ulrich Eichenauer and Peter Hörr.
The concert is part of the accompanying programme with the Violin above Borders / Stradivari in Rijeka – Kresnik and Cremona exhibition.