Co-initiator of the artos|ensemble|wien is the German violinist Burghard Tölke who can also look back on a highly successful career. Besides his studies in Weimar, Detmold and Vienna with Norbert Brainin, Thomas Christian and Florian Zwiauer he was already member of the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, later on also in the Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Tölke was invited as a soloist to such renowned orchestras as the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Trondheim Symfonieorkester and Göttingen Symphony Orchestra. His solo concert tours regularly lead him abroad, such as Japan or Iran. Furthermore Burghard Tölke is regularly invited as guest concert master of several European orchestras, i.e. by the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Landestheater Detmold or the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover. In addition to his solo career Tölke is also a passionate teacher. Besides master classes in Vienna and abroad, most recently in Iran, he teaches at the State Music Schools of Upper Austria with great success.