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.

Harald Schoneweg

Harald Schoneweg

Harald Schoneweg studied violin at the conservatories of Cologne and Düsseldorf under the tutelage of Igor Ozim, Nathan Milstein and Sandor Vegh.   From 1980-1994, he was a violinist in the celebrated Cherubini Quartet with whom he toured worldwide, giving over two thousand concerts and participating in many celebrated recordings.  During the same period, he was an exclusive artist of EMI –ELECTROLA and served as a violist in the Linos Ensemble.

In 1987, he founded and acted as artistic director of the "Festival di Pentecost ", a chamber music festival set in the historic abbey of Passignano in the province of Florence, Italy.

Currently active as a member of the Goldberg Trio, Mr. Schoneweg also serves as professor of chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and as such has formed numerous young ensembles that have received international recognition.  

Marcel Saint-Cyr

Marcel Saint-Cyr

Marcel Saint-Cyr was born in Quebec City where he studied cello with Lucien Plamondon and Walter Joachim to continue his studies in Europe with André Navarra, Leo Koscielny, Paul Tortelier, Enrico Mainardi and in the U.S.A with Leonard Rose.

Founding member of the internationally acclaimed Orford String Quartet, Marcel Saint-Cyr has performed internationally for several years and participated in many celebrated recordings. As professor at McGill University, Mr. Saint-Cyr has led the chamber music department for over two decades and is greatly responsible for its immense growth. For many years, he was the cellist of the Franz Joseph Trio, with which he has performed the complete cycle of the Haydn piano trios. Still active on the musical scene, Mr. Saint-Cyr is currently the cellist of the Franz Joseph String Quartet of Montreal.

Scott Lee

Scott Lee

Violist of the Miami String Quartet, Scott Lee’s exceptional musicality and virtuoso playing has established him as one of the most exciting and unique violists of his generation. The New York Times writes of “a remarkable and auspicious talent” while the Strings Magazine talks of “the superstar of his generation”.

In 1996, Mr. Lee became the youngest winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition’s history.  Mr. Lee is also the top prize winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the William Primrose Viola Competition. Recent highlights of Mr. Lee’s concert schedule include performances at the El Paso Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro, La Jolla Summerfest, Ravinia Festival and Savannah Music Festival.

John Largess  William Fedkenheuer

John Largess William Fedkenheuer

John Largess began his viola studies in Boston with Michael Zaretsky to pursue his training with Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1995, he graduated from Yale University to join the Colorado String Quartet and was appointed violist of the Miró Quartet in 1997.  M. Largess is an active speaker and writer and currently on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Born in Calgary, Canada, William Fedkenheuer graduated from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studied with Kathleen Winkler and continued his graduate studies with Miriam Fried at Indiana University. M.Fedkenheuer has been a member of the Borromeo and Fry String Quartets and joined the Miró Quartet in 2011. M. Fedkenheuer is currently on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Joshua Gindele Daniel Ching

Joshua Gindele Daniel Ching

As a founding member of the Miró Quartet, Joshua Gindele has won numerous international awards including an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Cleveland Quartet Award.  His frequent collaborations with other artists have included appearances with Pinchas Zuckerman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Matt Haimovitz and The Oak Ridge Boys.  Mr. Gindele is currently on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Founding member of the Miró Quartet, Daniel Ching began his violin studies under tutelage of his father.  A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he studied violin with Kathleen Winkler and Roland and Almita Vamos. He completed his Masters degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with former Cleveland Quartet violinist Donald Weilerstein.  M. Ching is currently on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.