The Berlin Philharmonic announced the death of Thomas Brandis, former First concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker who died on 30 March at the age of 81. Born in Hamburg, Thomas Brandis was a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker between 1962–1983. In 1976, he founded the Brandis Quartet, which was celebrated at festivals both in Germany and beyond for its more than 25 years of existence. As a teacher, he worked at, among others, Berlin University of Arts, the University of Music Lübeck, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Many violinists in the Berliner Philharmoniker today were his pupils.

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