Ludwig Quandt was born in 1961 in Ulm. He studied in Lübeck with Arthur Troester, who had been principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic under Wilhelm Furtwängler. Quandt completed his studies with master-classes with Zara Nelsova, Maurice Gendron, Boris Pergamenschikov and Siegfried Palm. He has won awards at many international competitions, and was a prize-winner at the ARD Competition in 1990, and first-prize-winner of the "Premio Stradivari" at the international cello competition "Roberto Caruana" in Cremona. In 1991, Ludwig Quandt was engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, and has since 1993 been one of the orchestra's principal cellists. In 1996, he made his debut under Claudio Abbado with Dmitri Schostakovich's Second Cello Concerto.