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.

Atar Arad

Atar Arad

Born in Tel Aviv, Atar Arad is a winner of City of London Prize and laureate of the Carl Flesch Competition and was awarded the First Prize at the 1972 International Viola Competition in Geneva. In 1980 he became a member of the Cleveland Quartet with whom he toured the world, collaborating with many leading musicians such as Eugene Istomin, Emmanuel Ax, Yoyo Ma and Mitslav Rostropovich. His frequent collaborations with other artists have included appearances with the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Chillingrian, Vermeer and New Zealand string quartets.

Mr. Arad has held the Professor of Viola position at the Eastman School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and at the Carnegie Mellon University and he also served as artist/faculty member at the Aspen School and Festival. He currently serves as Professor of Viola at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer is one of the foremost exponents of the cello in the United States and a founding member of the renowned Concord String Quartet. As quartet cellist throughout its 16-year career, Fischer concertized extensively in the US and abroad, recorded over 40 works, premiered 70 scores, appeared frequently on radio and television and received numerous accolades including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, several Grammy nominations and an Emmy Award.

A devoted teacher and mentor to younger players, Mr. Fischer has taught at Dartmouth College, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and currently is Professor of Violoncello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The Tanglewood Music Center recently honored Fischer by presenting him with the Beatrice Sterling Procter Chair , succeeding the late Louis Krasner in that prestigious position.

András Keller

András Keller

Founding member of the Keller Quartet, András Keller has enjoyed a varied career as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician at the highest international level. His early studies at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest led to many collaborations with György Kurtág, whose works he has been premiering and performing worldwide since 1978. He has also worked intensively with Ferenc Rados and Sándor Végh.

As both chamber musician and soloist, he has performed on the world’s most important stages and festivals.

András Keller has won numerous awards including a MIDEM Classical Award, a Record Academy Award in Japan, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in France, the Caecilia Preis in Belgium, and in 2006/7 the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and he received a UK nomination for the Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

Zsófia Környei

Zsófia Környei

Formed at the Liszt Conservatory of Music in Budapest, Zsófia Környei is regarded as one of the most talented violinists of her generation.

Her first studies were under the supervision of her father after which she went on to study with András Kiss, Ferenc Rados, Dénes Zsigmondy, Béla Bánfalvi, Mrs. Magdolna Tavasz, Igor Ozim, Yfhran Neumann, Yehudi Menuhin, Tibor Varga and Ruggiero Ricci.

Recipient of several prizes, her recitals have taken her in concert halls across Europe, the USA and Far-East. In 1997 she was appointed concertmaster of Matáv Symphony Orchestra.

Dedicated and sought after teacher, she currently hold a professorship position at the Liszt University of Music.

Judit Szabó

Judit Szabó

Trained at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, most important teachers and mentors have been Ferenc Rados, the Amadeus String Quartet and György Kurtág.

In 1990, she founded the Auer String Quartet which went on to win many international prizes.

Member of the Kellet Quartet since 1998, Judit Szabó has also performed with Miklós Perényi, Zoltán Kocsis, Alekszej Ljubimov, Truls Mørk and Heinz Holliger. She gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia and is a guest teacher of the summer courses at the University of Yale.

A vivid advocate of 20th and 21st century music, she is also a member of the New Hungarian Music Society (UMZE) a much acclaimed contemporary ensemble.