Montréal 2017

Walter Levin

Walter Levin

Born in Berlin, Walter Levin first studied music in Tel Aviv and from 1946-49 in New York at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. During that period, he founded the LaSalle Quartet with whom he played first violin for over forty years touring worldwide and building up an extensive discography. From 1953 to 1989, Mr. Levin taught at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where the LaSalle Quartet was in residence.

Walter Levin now works with young string quartets in Europe, gives lecture recitals and teaches chamber music and interpretation at the Music Academy Musikhochschule in Basel, for ProQuartet in Paris, and the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Many of today’s quartets concertizing interna-tionally have studied with Walter Levin: Alban Berg, Vogler, Artis, Prazak, Artemis, Zemlinsky, Kuss, Casals and others.

Gerhard Schulz

Gerhard Schulz

Born in Austria into a family of musicians, Gerhard Schulz studied violin with Franz Samohyl, Sándor Végh and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In 1972, upon the invitation of his mentor, Mr. Schulz attended Mr Végh’s violin Master Class at the first Interna-tional Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, which had an invaluable impact on his life as a chamber musician.

Founder of several chamber music groups, including the Salzburg String Trio, the Düsseldorf String Quartet and the Waldstein Ensemble, M. Schultz was also the Concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Orchestra. Since 1978, he has been a member of the world famous Alban Berg Quartet with whom he toured worldwide and made several celebrated recordings.

Currently, M. Schulz is professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and a professor of Chamber Music in Stuttgart.

Philip De Groote

Philip De Groote

Born in Johannesburg into a family of professional musicians, cellist Philip De Groote had his first cello lessons at the age of six. Studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Eileen Croxford are followed by studies with William Pleeth and Janos Starker were followed by two appearances on BBC2 TV with Paul Tortelier.

In 1971, Mr. De Groote was awarded the Tenuto Prize from Belgian Radio/TV and later that year co-founded the Chilingirian Quartet. Although his musical first love is the string quartet, he has also performed as a soloist and recitalist throughout Europe, USA, Russia, and his native South Africa.

A professor at the Royal College of Music for several years, he has also taught at the University of Cape Town, and as guest professor at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels.

Volker Jacobsen

Volker Jacobsen

Born in Hannover, Volker Jacobsen first studied with Christian Pohl and then with Barbara Westphal at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. His chamber music mentors and teachers include Walter Levin, members of the Emerson Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Alban Berg Quartet. A founding member of the Artemis Quartett in 1989, the ensemble’s international stature was established by winning First Prizes at the ARD Competition in Munich in 1996 and soon thereafter First Prize at the Premio Borciani in Reggio Emilia.

Following his years with the quartet, Volker Jacobsen became viola professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover.

He is widely known and appreciated as a teacher and is a very sought after chamber musician; his chamber music partners include Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Leif Ove Andsnes and Juliane Banse.