Violinist Werner Hink died on 21 May 2024


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Austrian violinist Werner Hink died on 21 May 2024. He was 81 years old.

Hink was born on 18 March 1943 in Vienna. He received his first lessons at the Vienna Conservatory from Luise Bilek, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts with Franz Samohyl, a former concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera.

Hink first served as a member of the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera from 1964, before joining the Vienna Philharmonic in 1965 as a first violinist. He became concertmaster in 1974 and served until his retirement in October 2008. From 1974, he was a member of the Vienna Court Orchestra.

As a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, he formed the Vienna String Quartet with members of the orchestra, recording for RCA and Camerata from 1973.

In 1982, he succeeded his former teacher Samohyl as professor at the Vienna Conservatory. He was an influential teacher at the Pacific Music Festival (PMF) in Sapporo, Japan, where he taught from 1991 to 2010.

’His impact on PMF also was indelible,’ said a PMF statement, ’influencing generations of Academy musicians as a faculty member of PMF Vienna. His performances captivated audiences, as a soloist and chamber musician in addition to his orchestra playing. We will forever be grateful for his immeasurable contributions to PMF.’

Hink’s honours include the Cross of Honour for Science and Art, first class and the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.

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