Born in Pinneberg
Member since 1994-01-01
Winner of the German Music Council’s »Podium junger Solisten«
At the age of twelve Dietmar Schwalke so admired a cello-playing friend that he did everything he could to get his father’s permission to have cello lessons himself. In only four months his technique had surpassed his friend’s. Later he studied with Arthur Troester, Wolfgang Boettcher and Pierre Fournier. After receiving several prizes and distinctions, he made his solo debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (now Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester) playing Schumann’s Cello Concerto in the Berlin Philharmonie. As a member of the Kreuzberg String Quartet he appeared between 1983 and 1989 in all the European musical centres and during this time also taught at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste and as a visiting chamber-music coach. For four years he played in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra before moving in 1994 to the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Dietmar Schwalke is also active as a chamber-music player: with the Philharmonic String Soloists, in the Vincent Trio, founded in 1998, as well in the »12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic« and the Philharmonia Quartett. The first violin in his life is played by his wife and four children. As for his hobbies, Schwalke regards himself as a »man of phases«, constantly being excited by different things: tennis, the Eastern Orthodox liturgy, going to the theatre, building furniture, reading, sailing, jogging, playing the piano, cycling...