The formation of the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet is unique: Unlike other quintets, in which a normal string quartet consisting of two violins, viola and cello is augmented by either a second viola or a second cello, the additional instrument here is a double bass. Thus all five string sections of the orchestra are represented, and the Philharmonic String Quintet goes beyond the conventional limits of a pure chamber-music ensemble – like the string quartet – to become a formation with symphonic dimensions. Although there are few original works for the Quintet, which must rely largely on arrangements, the musicians have deliberately stayed with this combination: “In our experience, the sonorities in the compositions we perform this way gain enormously in depth.” The Philharmonic String Quintet grew out of a long-standing collaboration between Wolfang Talirz on viola, Romano Tommasini on violin and the cellist Tatjana Vassiljewa. It gave its first concert in 2007 in Belgium to great acclaim. Within a relatively short time the ensemble has achieved wide recognition and has now appeared throughout Europe and Japan.