Annette Bartholdy is one of the most sought after violists of the young generation. Born in Bern, Switzerland, she is winner of many international competitions and awards, and works with masters such as Andras Schiff, Thomas Zehetmair, Heinz Holliger and, since 2000, as a duo with Julius Drake. She has appeared as a soloist with many leading European ensembles such as the European Camerata, the Camerata Bern and the Festival Strings Lucerne and has toured extensively in Europe, the United States, South America, South Africa and Japan. She is a passionate chamber musician. She has been invited to leading festivals such as Davos in Switzerland, Prussia Cove in England, Versailles and La Prée in France, Elverum in Norway and Perth in Australia. In February 2002 she made her London Wigmore Hall début with a Bach-Shostakovich recital, together with Julius Drake, winning high acclaim from the press and public alike. Annette Bartholdy plays a very fine Balestrieri Viola of 1767.