Regis Bringolf, born in 1970, in Lausanne, Switzerland, initially trained under Jean Piguet at the Conservatoire superieur de Lausanne, and later under Patrick Genet at the Fribourg Conservatory - where he earned his Diplome de Virtuosite (summa cum laude) in 1990. Several years at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts followed, in the classes of Michael Schnitzler and Gunter Pichler. He received the 1978 Prix Gerber (Lausanne) and won first prize at the 1985 Jeunesse musicale suisse. His early performing career included soloing with several different orchestras throughout the Swiss Romande, and a stint as substitute concertmaster at the Lausanne Opera. After moving to Vienna in 1990, where he soon found his music skills in high demand, Regis Bringolf went on to co-found the Hugo Wolf Quartet in 1993.