Professor Stephan Picard, born in Barcelona, received his first violin lessons at the age of ten from Gustav Mikulai in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, studied as a junior student at the Folkwang Academy in Essen, where he was taught by Prof. Saschko Gawriloff, and then studied at the Freiburg Academy of Music with Prof. Wolfgang Marschner. Stephan Picard completed his diploma in performance at the Hanover Academy of Music and Drama with Prof. Rami Shevelov. Further studies took him to Prof. Valery Gradow in Essen, Prof. Stefan Georghiu in Bucarest and Prof. Roman Nodel in Hanover. From 1987 to 1988 he completed postgraduate studies (concert exam) with Prof. Roman Nodel at the State Academy of Music Heidelberg-Mannheim. Stephan Picard was prizewinner in the national competition ”Jugend musiziert”, the International Music Competition Maria Canals Barcelona and Concorso Internazionale di Violino Premio Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia as well as prizewinner and scholar of the German Music Competition. Frequently invited to perform and teach internationally as chamber music partner and soloist. He is a member of the Michelangelo String Quartet with Mihaela Martin, Nobuko Imai and Frans Helmerson, which performs regularly on the international stage. He plays a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin from the year 2006. Since 1995 Stephan Picard has been Professor of Violin at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin.