Ludwig Quandt | Picture: Stefan Höderath



Born in Ulm, Germany
Member since 01.04.1991


His parents were professional musicians, and made often music at home. Ludwig Quandt was six when he got to know Schubert’s »Trout« Quintet and, along with it, the double bass. That string instrument so delighted him that he started out by playing the next-biggest one, the cello – and then stayed with it.  At the University of Music Lübeck, Ludwig Quant studied under Arthur Troester, first principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1935-1945, becoming final student he was almost 50 years later. In 1985 he earned his diploma, and in 1987, passed his graduate exam with distinction.

During and following his studies he attended master classes with Boris Pergamenschikow, Zara Nelsova, Maurice Gendron, Wolfgang Boettcher and Siegfried Palm. Twice, he was selected for the nationwide German »Young Artists Concerts«. Quandt, a prizewinner of the ARD International Music Competition, played for two years in the Berliner Philharmoniker before becoming the orchestra’s principal cellist. He also appears internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a member of various Philharmonic ensembles. Ludwig Quandt’s other interests include astronomy and dragonflies, and he loves country walking, cycling and kayaking; but he likes to spend most of his free time with his children. He plays a 1675 cello by Francesco Ruggieri of Cremona, which has been on loan to him from Deutsche Bank since 1993.


Prizewinner: ARD International Music Competition in Munich
Prizewinner: Brahms Competition in Hamburg
Prizewinner: Premio Stradivari in Cremona

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Philharmonisches Capriccio Berlin

Ludwig Quandt and Wieland Welzel play “5 Danses dogoriennes” by Étienne Perruchon
Concert clip

Étienne Perruchon: 5 Danses dogoriennes, Ludwig Quandt (violoncello), Wieland Welzel (timpani), recorded at the Philharmonie Berlin, 11 July 2020

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