Annette Bik, Violin

“Playing in the COE was always a total thrill to me because of all these fantastic musicians! Every single person in this group a fantastic soloist, as well as a superb chamber musician!
I remember the session in Graz, when they all met between two rehearsals to discuss my membership… in the meantime I was walking very nervous through the streets of Graz, waiting for their decision! Well, I was lucky and I became a member!

I had the most exciting time doing the recordings of all Beethoven Symphonies with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, an incredible fulfilling experience I will never forget!
These two years as a member of the COE were a fantastic mixture of top musical experiences and having incredible fun during the rehearsals with lots of silly jokes and fits of laughter!
Hiding the shoes of Roger Norrington, who used to take them off during the rehearsals, to find your violin on your seat after a rehearsal-break with changed strings in the peg-wholes, etc.
I was sad I had to finish my membership because of motherhood… but I still follow this wonderful ensemble as often as possible online!

I wish the COE a wonderful future, stay as you are!!!


Annette Bik completed her studies at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg. From 1982 to 1988 she was a member of the famous Hagen Quartet and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She also undertook worldwide chamber music tours with Gidon Kremer and other well-known musicians. She is a guest musician at the Concentus Musicus Vienna and teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Annette Bik is a founding member of the Klangforum Wien, with which she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician as well as in an ensemble. In addition to contemporary music, she is also interested in Viennese Schrammel music and the music of Astor Piazzolla, which led to the founding of the Schrammel Quartet Attensam and the Quinteto Tango la Boca. She features on CD recordings that have been released by Col Legno, Kairos, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Durian among others.

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