About Us


Four string players and their string quartet

Our common path as string players started in 2005 when we decided to unite our love for classical music. Since then we have performed at private, business and social events of all kinds with this divine combination of four instruments: two violins, one viola and a cello.

Over the years we have become a perfect team and everyone of us contributes with his or her individual skills. Today we are perfectly attuned to each other musically and demonstrate that time and time again in public.

Experience as string players

Every member of the Prima String Quartet enjoys a background of world class musical education. We have all graduated from famous conservatories in Germany and abroad and have received awards at international competitions.

Our string quartet will perform breath-taking melodies for you and your guests.


Emmanuel Goldstein
(1st violin) is the leader of the Prima String Quartet. He studied at the conservatories in Moscow and Detmold. After graduating with an orchestral diploma he was a member of the first violin section at the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.
Since August 2011 he is a permanent member of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg. In addition
to making music with his orchestra his biggest passion is dedicated to chamber music. In his free time he works regularly on combining different styles of music.


Teruko Habu (2nd violin) studied with Marianne Thorsen at the Royal Academy of Music and with Thomas Brandis at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. She graduated in 2012 with a Master of Music and is often working with Ensemble Resonanz, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg and with the orchestra of the theatre in Lübeck.
Since 2014 she is a permanent member of the first violin section at the Duisburger Philharmoniker. In the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain she has played as concertmaster under the baton of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis and and Sir Colin Davis.
Several contemporary composers have dedicated violin pieces for her.


Robert Mende
(viola) studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and graduated with an artist diploma in 2008. After working with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln he played at the Nordwestdeutsche Phiharmonie as associate principal violist. Recently he has often been invited to play with Camerata Nordica in Sweden.
His musical activities have taken him to some of the most important music festivals in the world such as the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.



Sebel Viljoen (violoncello) was born in Canada and studied at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. She graduated with an artist diploma and directly won an engagement at the Staatstheater Kassel.
In 2015 Sebel Viljoen obtained another master’s degree in artistic maturity at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. Master classes in Germany and abroad complemented her artistic education.
Besides performing in the orchestra, her biggest passion is chamber music.