Veit Benedikt Hertenstein, born in 1985 in Augsburg, Germany, studied at the Zürich University of the Arts with Nicolas Corti (Amati String Quartet) and gained his concert diploma in 2007. He is currently pursuing his soloist diploma with Nobuko Imai at Geneva Conservatory. He recently recorded his debut CD, which was sponsored by ORPHEUS concerts as a special award. In addition, he won second prize at the 2007 Johannes Brahms Competition, and in 2008, the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia commissioned a viola concerto for him by Nicholas Bolens, which will be premiered this year. Mr. Hertenstein is supported by the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation (Bern) and the Migros Culture Percent (Zürich). (

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