The musicians

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Alexander Prushinskiy is one of the most sought after violinists of the younger generation in Germany. Since 2009 he has been leading the Dortmunder Philharmoniker as First Concertmaster. As a soloist and leader he is regularly engaged by the major German orchestras, for example WDR Sinfonieorchester, Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken. In addition to these engagements Alexander Prushinskiy is an avid chamber musician: with the Astor Trio, the Arisva Quartet and as musical director of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble.
Born in 1981 in Novosibirsk, Alexander Prushinskiy comes from a family of musicians. His special talent was soon discovered after he started his first violin lessons at six years of age with Prof. Alexey Gvozdev at the local music school. As a famous child prodigy in Russia, he gave his debut concerts as a soloist with orchestra in New York, Washington, Rio de Janeiro and other major cities, when he was just 12 years old.
His studies led Alexander Prushinskiy to the Escuela de la Música Reina Sofía in Madrid where he studied with Prof Zakhar Bron and later to the Hochschule für Musik Köln where he completed his artistic studies with Prof. Bron with best results. Alexander Prushinskiy has enjoyed musical instruction from some of the greatest musicians of our time: Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Spivakov. As a soloist with orchestra, he has played in some of the world’s leading venues, such as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and concert tours have led him through Brazil, USA and Japan.

Tobias Kassung is one of the most prominent German guitarists of his generation. As a composer and arranger he is dedicated to expanding the borders of his instrument in classical chamber music.
In 2003 he founded the Kölner Klassik Ensemble, for which he remains the Artistic Director. Together with violinist Alexander Prushinskiy and double bass player Stanislav Anischenko he forms the Astor Trio. As an ardent chamber musician he also plays regularly duo concerts with cellist Lena Kravets and guitarist Luciano Marziali. His concerts have led him through Europe, the United States, South America, Japan, Australia and the Arabian Peninsula.
He is also active as a composer of solo works, chamber music and film music. He has released eight CDs with Sony Classical and KSG Exaudio and his arrangements and compositions have been published by Tonos (Darmstadt) and KSG Edition (Köln). His concerts and compositions have been broadcast on several TV and radio stations, such as, ARD, WDR, SWR, HR and Bayerische Rundfunk. In 2009, together with Hubert Käppel, he founded KSG Exaudio, a label for chamber music specializing in outstanding recordings.
Tobias Kassung is particularly involved in cultural and socio-political matters: on the board of IFM e.V. - the head organization of the independent music scene in Cologne, as spokesman for the Initiative Klassik Köln (IKK) and as artistic director of the Hardtberg guitar concerts in Bonn.
Born in Koblenz in 1977, he studied with Prof. Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and graduated with honours in 2003. A scholarship granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) enabled him to complete his studies with Simon Dinnigan at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and later with Antigoni Goni at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Working as a free composer and musician he lives today in Cologne together with his wife - cellist Lena Kravets.

Stanislav Anischenko was born in 1983 and began his cello studies at the age of nine in Minsk (Belarus). In 1996 he began his studies at the conservatory, and in 1999 he decided to study with additional d double bass Prof. Nikolai Kriwosheew. Soon the bass was the only instrument he wanted to learn. Already in his first year Stanislav Anischenko won the national competition in Grodno (Belarus). In 2004 he continued his studies at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Nuremberg with Prof. Marc Dorin.
During his studies he won several prizes in various competitions. These also include the diploma at the International Competition Markneukirchen (2005), the special prize at the ARD Competition in Munich (2003), 1st Prize at the International Competition in Brno (2008) and the 2nd Price with the special prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich (2009). Stanislav Anischenko attended master classes with artists such as Vladimir Perlin, Leonid Kerbel, Gavriel Lipkind, Jerome Pernoo, Jeff Bradetich, Michael Wolf, Vassilis Papavassilou and Janne Saksala, as well as chamber music ensembles such as the Kuss Quartet and the St. Petersburg String Quartet.
In addition to solo and chamber music, he often plays in various orchestras. In the period 2007-2009 Stanislav Anischenko was solo bassist at the Stuttgart State Opera. Since September 2009 he has been principal bass player with the WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln (Cologne). Since October 2014 Stanislav Anischenko is Professor for double bass at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Detmold.

Gershwin & de Falla

Bach & Piazzolla

Astor Trio: Bach & Piazzolla