The Philharmonic String Quintet Berlin (PSB) is unique in its instrumentation: instead of enlarging the string quartet with an additional viola or cello, the ensemble is completed by adding a double bass. Here, all five string sections of the orchestra are represented.
The ensemble thereby crosses the boundaries of a purely chamber music setting towards a formation with symphonic dimensions. Even if the quintet performs a number of arrangements because of a lack of original works for their specific instrumentation, the musicians deliberately chose the setting: "Based on our experience, the compositions gain tremendously in breadth of sound."
The Philharmonic String Quintet Berlin emerged from the longstanding collaboration between Wolfgang Talirz and Romano Tommasini with the cellist Tatjana Vassiljeva. Their first concert was given in February 2007 in Belgium. With great success! Within a relatively short period of time it advanced to a popular ensemble, meanwhile guesting in the whole of Europe and Japan.
Thomas Timm is the leader of the 2nd violins of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Concert tours have lead him through many European countries, to Japan, China and the US. As a soloist, he has performed among others with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and the Bern Symphony Orchestra.
Romano Tommasini is the son of Italian parents and grew up in Luxemburg and France. He completed his musical studies in 1983 in Paris. After being first concertmaster in the Nancy Orchestra, he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989.
Wolfgang Talirz has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1983 and has been actively involved in many chamber music formations of the orchestra, for which he has received many distinctions.
Tatjana Vassiljeva is one of the best and most well-known among the young cellists and has performed with such names as Claudio Abbado, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Guidon Kremer etc.
Nabil Shehata, after completing his studies,played as double bass soloist at the Staatsoper Berlin. A year later he took up the same position with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition he played in numerous solo concerts with partners such as Daniel Barenboim or Thomas Quasthoff and with renowned orchestras in Germany and abroad.