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Ludwig Balser was born on the 9th of March in 1999 in Heidelberg, Germany. At the age of 4 he began taking violin and piano lessons, receiving piano lessons from his father Uwe Balser.
From 2003 to 2007 he studied the violin with Claudia Töniß in the music school of Bensheim. Following that Ludwig took violin lessons with Prof. Valeri Gradow in Mannheim and Lugano until October 2016. Since then Ludwig has been studying violin with Prof. Dora Bratchkova at the state university for music and performing arts Mannheim. In addition Ludwig has participated in international courses in Hamburg and Kronberg, were he received private lessons with Prof. Stephan Picard, Anna Lee and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.
Since 2011 Ludwig Balser has been giving regular solo concerts in Heidelberg, Hahnstätten and Saint Petersburg (the fifth of which was in 2017). In 2013 he performed Beethoven’s two Romances for violin and orchestra together with the “Flora Symphony Orchestra Cologne” and in October 2015 he performed the first piano concerto by Fréderic Chopin with the “Collegium Musicum Bergstraße”.
In total, he was awarded with four 1st prizes in the competition “Jugend Musiziert” in the categories piano-duo (in 2012 together with Alexander Baier, in 2015 together with Marco Weller) and solo violin. In addition he was twice the recipient of a special prize from the Mayor of the City of Darmstadt. In 2009 Ludwig Balser was awarded 2nd prize at the national Bach competition in Köthen as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of a piece composed after 1960. At the Competition of the “Tonkünstlerverband Baden-Würtemberg” in 2014 he was awarded a 1st prize in the category solo piano.
From 2014 to 2017 Ludwig Balser received a scholarship from the “Domhofstiftung”. In the named years he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany as both a violinist and a pianist. During his time he was appointed both principal 2nd violin and Concertmaster.
He recorded two CD’s with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany at the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) and played two concerts under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, at the yearly Easter festival in Baden-Baden. In October 2017 he participated in a concert series named “RCO meets Europe- side by side” together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under the baton of Daniele Gatti in the Berliner Philharmonie.
Birthday: March 9th 1999
Place of birth: Germany
Prof. Dora Bratchkova, University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim
Prof. Valeri Gradow, Mannheim / Lugano