A "Ehrenstückl" was always quickly at hand and therefore always came from the heart. When you met him, he was always in a bad mood, according to his own words. He almost regularly opened a conversation with the sentence: "...this is a madness, I'm so exhausted...", immediately reached for the violin, not infrequently, and at the same moment was under high voltage. He jumped around, fidgeted while playing, nothing remained untouched - everything seemed staged, but was always improvised from the gut. Rudi perhaps went to his limits, but never too far.
Rudi did science literally from the dance floor for the dance floor, absolutely serious, but always from the perspective of the practicing musician. He opened up new horizons for generations of young students not by explaining to them how and why something was or was not, but by immediately testing the claims he made or the knowledge he gained for their suitability in practical music-making. Only in this way was research meaningful to him at all. (Text: Leonhard Paul)
Now our dear friend and mentor has locked his violin in the violin case forever. We are grateful for countless experiences and unforgettable musical moments that we were able to experience with him.
The love of music first! And to the last!