Montréal 2017

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.

Günter Pichler

Günter Pichler

Günter Pichler began his studies at the University of Music in Vienna in 1955. He was appointed Leader of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra at eighteen years old, and three years later, Herbert von Karajan engaged him as Leader of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1970, he founded the Alban Berg Quartett and has led this famous quartet ever since. Honorary member of the Vienna Konzerthaus Society as well as Associate Artists of the Royal Festival Hall London, the Alban Berg Quartett was rewarded with more than thirty renowned disc prizes.

Since 1963, M. Pichler has been Professor at the University of Music in Vienna, and since 1993 Guest Professor in Cologne. In 2007 he was appointed head of the Department for Chamber Music at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sophia in Madrid where he mentors many of the finest young European string quartets .

Michael Tree

Michael Tree

A founding member of both the famed Guarneri String Quartet and the Marlboro Trio, Michael Tree was born in Newark, New Jersey. He studied the violin with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Following a Carnegie Hall recital debut, he appeared as a soloist on both the violin and viola with major orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and his native New Jersey. As a chamber musician he has concertized throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music masterpieces; prominent among them are ten piano quintets and quartets with Arthur Rubinstein. Mr. Tree serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute, and the University of Maryland.

Mr. Tree plays a Domenicus Busan viola, dated 1750, from Venice or Hiroshi Iisuka, Philadelphia, dated 1996.

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

A founding member of the Miami String Quartet, Keith Robinson has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music.

In 1988, the Miami Quartet won the grand prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and went on to garner prizes at the Evian, London, and the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York. In 1989, Mr. Robinson won the P.A.C.E."Classical Artist of the Year" award.

Mr. Robinson presently serves as an Artist-in-Residence at Kent State University and the Kent / Blossom Music Festival as well as visiting guest artist at the Hart School of Music. The Miami Quartet was recently appointed to the Chamber Music Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Tim Vogler

Tim Vogler

Born in Berlin, Tim Vogler studied at the city’s famous Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler.” Recipient of many prizes at national and international competitions, Mr. Vogler also studied chamber music in Berlin and Cincinnati and has been first violin in the Vogler String Quartett since it was founded in 1985. His main tutors have been Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, György Kurtág, Menahem Pressler, and Hedi Gigler.

Currently, he is the artistic leader of the Kammermusiktage of Homburg, the Vogler Spring Festival in Sligo (Ireland), and the Nordhessische Kindermusiktage in Kassel.

Mr. Vogler teaches at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and is a guest professor of violin at the Academy of Music in Detmold.

Frank Reinecke

Frank Reinecke

Frank Reinecke studied violin and chamber music at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Eberhardt Feltz, and at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with the members of the La Salle Quartet.

In addition to his extensive concert schedule with the Vogler quartet, Mr. Reinecke plays frequently in other chamber music formations at concerts and various festivals. Partners of recent projects have included Joerg and Caroline Widmann, Mie Miki, Jascha Nemtsov, Julian Arp, Andra Darzins, Judith Ingolfson, and Finghin Collins. Mr. Reinecke was artistic director of the Vogler Spring Festival in Sligo, Ireland, from 2005 to 2009.

Mr. Reinecke teaches chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Leipzig.

Stefan Fehlandt

Stefan Fehlandt

Born in Neubrandenburg, Mr. Fehlandt received his musical training at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.

Founding member of the Vogler Quartet, Mr. Fehlandt has established himself among the most versatile chamber musicians.  He regularly performs as soloists at festivals such as the Dresden Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival. In addition to his extensive concert schedule with the Vogler quartet, Mr. Fehlandt has concertized with several artists including Boris Pergamenschikow, David Geringas, Daniel Müller-Schott, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Lars Vogt.

Mr. Fehlandt teaches viola and chamber music in Berlin and since 2007, he is professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart.

Stephan Forck

Stephan Forck

Born in Brandenburg, Stephan Forck studied at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. Founding member of the Vogler Quartet with whom he was awarded the first Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, he has also received the second Prize at the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen.

Mr. Forck has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Europe and has done several recordings for radio and television.  In addition to his extensive concert schedule with the Vogler quartet, Mr. Frock plays frequently in other chamber music formations at concerts and various festivals.

In 1999, Mr. Forck was appointed for cello and chamber music professor at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.