Neithard Resa

Born in Berlin

Member since 1978-09-01


Prizewinner of the competition of the German Music Council (1978)

»I especially treasure in my work the stimulation that comes from the conductors, soloists and orchestral colleagues. I am happy to be able to be part of such an outstanding community.«

Neithard Resa began as a violinist, studying in his native Berlin with Michel Schwalbé and in Cologne with Max Rostal. While a student he occasionally helped out in quartet playing by taking the viola part, and noticed that the lower instrument simply suited him better physically. He also loved its sound and playing in the »middle« of a quartet or orchestra. So he switched over. After his concert exam he trained further in the USA with Michael Tree at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute. In 1978 he won a prize at the German Music Council competition and was made a principal viola of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to playing in the orchestra he is particularly involved in chamber music. From 1980 to 1987 he played in the Philharmonic Octet, and since 1985 he has been a member of the Philharmonia Quartet. His hobbies are cinema, theatre, reading and hiking.