photo Robin D'amore
settling in the UK in 1996, Ralf Ehlers has become one of London's
most sought after violists. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, he
won the 1989 Concurso Sul America and went on to give recitals and
play concertos with many orchestras throughout South America.
He continued his studies in Europe with Nobuko Imai, and later with
Thomas Riebl, before spending three years as a member of the Pulcinella
Quartet, with whom he performed extensively throughout France, Germany,
Italy and Austria. Chamber music plays the central role in Ralf's
musical life and he has performed with such artists as Steven Isserlis,
Gabor Takacs, the Emperor String Quartet and the New Zealand String
Quartet, and has appeared at many chamber music festivals including
the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, the International Musicians' Seminar
at Prussia Cove and the City of London Festival.
Ehlers has cultivated a particular interest in the works of living
composers; he gave the European premiere of George Benjamin's Viola
Viola with Garth Knox, and was invited to perform the piece
again at London's South Bank Centre with Catherine Manson in a programme
chosen by the composer. He has also worked with many contemporary
ensembles including Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, The Austrian Ensemble
for New Music and the London Sinfonietta.
a member of the Raphael Ensemble, Configure8, and the Solomon Ensemble,
Ralf has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, the
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne and other
major venues throughout the world. He performed Ferneyhough's
Incipits for viola and ensemble with Ensemble Modern at the Salzburg
Festival in 2005.
joined the Arditti Quartet in January 2003.