My mother traded in her watch for my first violinmain
Günter Pichler, first violinist of the Alban Berg Quartett for 38 years, talks to Anthea Kreston about his tough beginnings, working as concertmaster for Karajan. Most of it is in German but he has a flash of insight in English about the brilliant LaSalle Quartet.
Among other things he says that, in his time, there were only three or four top-class quartets. Now that are three times as many.