Axel Schacher

Born in 1981, Axel Schacher began playing the violin at the age of four. At the age of eight he unanimously won the first prize at the Lutetia Competition and at the age of twelve the Kingdom of Music Tournament, hosted by the "Maison de Radio France" in Paris, and played at the winners concert Lalo’s Symphonie Espanole accompanied by the orchestra of the Republican Guard. At thirteen he entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris as a student of Boris Garlitzki. In 1998, he won the City of Paris first prize, and in 2000 the first prize with honors of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. In August that same year he won second prize at the International Tibor Varga Competition in Switzerland, as well as special prizes for best interpretation of the works of Bach and Paganini's Caprice. He has appeared as soloist with various european orchestras, and is also a regular guest in several chamber music festivals (Deauville, Cordes, St. Como, Geneva, Gstaad). He was first violin of the Amati Quartet during the 2008-2009 season. Since January 2006 he holds the Concertmaster chair of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Belcea Quartet since June 2010.