It is a poesy of tone that Barbara Buntrock seeks in her concerts: to furnish each note with its purpose, follow a musical line and find an expression that can move an audience. The daughter of a cellist and a violin-maker took her first violin lessons at the age of five and it was only just before the commencement of her tertiary studies that she discovered her love for the viola. Its deeper tones and timbres have attracted her ever since her first lesson on the instrument as a first-year student with Werner Dickel at the College of Music in Wuppertal.

Barbara Buntrock went on to study with Barbara Westphal at the Lübeck College of Music and completed a year abroad, as a scholarship holder of the Study Foundation of the German Nation and the German Foundation of Musical Life, with Heidi Castleman at the Juilliard School in New York. Following studies supplementary to her concert examination in the class of Tabea Zimmermann and Lars Anders Tomter at the Hanns Eisler conservatoire in Berlin, she graduated with distinction…

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