Risa Schuchter was born in Salzburg and studied both in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz and in Chicago with Shmuel Askenasi. She finished her studies with the highest distinctions and also won several competitions including the “concorso di giovani violinisti” in Gorizia, the annual award for young musicians awarded by the American Austrian Foundation and the “Jugend musiziert”. She plays regularly with the Camerata Salzburg and has also appeared in recital at the “Stiftung Mozarteum”. As a soloist she has performed with orchestras including the “Philharmonie der Nationen” conducted by Justus Frantz, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Leopold Mozart Chamber Orchestra and the “Salzburger Musici”. Risa Schuchter also performs in Japan, the USA and in Europe.
Elena Braslavsky was born in Moscow. She studied at the Gnesin School of Music and later, after immigrating to the United States, she received her doctoral degree at the Juilliard School in New York. As a Fulbright and DAAD scholar, she also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Music in Cologne and at the European Mozart Academy in Prague. Her active concert schedule has taken her to many famous concert halls in North and South America, Japan, Korea and in Europe where she has performed together with artist including Steven Isserlis, Nobuko Imai and Mstislav Rostropovich. Elena Braslavsky has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School of Music, the Mannes College in New York and currently teaches at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.