Montréal 2018

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 International 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 .

Valentin Erben

Valentin Erben

Born in Austria, Valentin Erben studied cello with Paul Freidel, Walter Reichardt and Tobias Kühne. In 1963, he attended a masterclass in Siena where he met his future mentor and pedagogue, French cellist André Navarra. 

Winner of the 1968 ARD International Cello Competition in Munich, he returned to Vienna in 1969 and co-founded the world famous Alban Berg Quartet and remained its cellist ever since. Member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado from 2004-07, in 2013, Valentin Erben has taught at the University of Music in Vienna for more than 40 years. 

With a busy schedule of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Erben also gives musical lectures and masterclasses worldwide and is known for his numerous collaborations with composers, singers and dancers.

Mathieu Herzog

Mathieu Herzog

Violist, conductor, composer, arranger, Mathieu Herzog is a founding member of the Quatuor Ebène, winner of the « Concours International de Bordeaux » and of the ARD competition in Munich, ensemble with which he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. 

With this extensive experience and further to years of close collaboration and tutelage by Mitsuko Uchida, Gyorgy Kurtag, and Menahem Pressler, Mathieu decided in 2014 to devote himself to conducting and was awarded First Prize at the London Classical Soloist Orchestra Competition in London and the “édito musica” prize in Budapest. Working alongside Semyon Bychkov earned him an immediate invitation to become his assistant. 

A devoted teacher, Mr. Herzog works with many young quartets who have been awarded several prizes at international competitions. 

Daniel Ching

Daniel Ching

Founding member of the Miró Quartet, Daniel Ching began his violin studies at the age of 3 under tutelage of his father to continue at the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division, where he studied with Serban Rusu and Zaven Melikian, and chamber music with Susan Bates. 

 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. He also studied recording engineering and production with Thomas Knab of Telarc, and subsequently engineered the Miró Quartet’s first promotional disc. 

 M. Ching is currently on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music where he teaches private violin students and coaches chamber music.

Radim Sedmidubsky / Petr Prause

Radim Sedmidubsky / Petr Prause

Radim Sedmidubský graduated for the Prague Conservatory in 1986 before continuing his studies at Prague Academy of Music under the guidance of Milan Škampa, violist of the Smetana Quartet; he developed a deep interest in chamber music which led in 1989 to the co-founding of the Škampa Quartet. Winner of the Pennycress Trust prize at the 1991 Lionel Tertis International viola Competition he has been heard as a soloist throughout Europe. 

Petr Prause studied the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under the guidance of Miroslav Petras and members of the Smetana Quartet before continuing his studies with Raphael Wallfisch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.Based in Manchester, England, he has been appointed Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Studio, further strengthening the provision of chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Roman Patočka / Jan Talich Jr.

Roman Patočka / Jan Talich Jr.

Roman Patočka graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Performing Arts before continuing his studies with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Stefan Picard. Regular soloist with prestigious orchestras in the Czech Republic and abroad, M. Patočka is an avid and sought-after chamber music artist who represented the Czech Republic at the international exhibition EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

Jan Talich studied at the Prague Conservatory and later at the Prague Academy of Music under Václav Snítil. He went on to study under the guidance Shmuel Ashkenasi and Yfrah Neaman. His international career as a soloist was launched after winning the First prize at the 1989 Václav Huml International Violin Competition in Zagreb. In 1992 Jan Talich founded the Talich Chamber Orchestra, of which he is the soloist and artistic director.

TALICH QUARTET

TALICH QUARTET

The Talich Quartet has been evolving as part of a prestigious line of musicians for nearly fifty years, representing Czech musical art throughout the world. For several decades, the Talich Quartet has been recognized internationally as one of the world´s finest string quartets, and as the embodiment of the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet was founded in 1964 by Jan Talich Sr. and named in honour of his uncle, the renowned conductor Václav Talich.

During the 1990s, there was a gradual change in personnel, rejuvenating the Quartet while continuing the tradition of its predecessors through involvement in a wide spectrum of musical engagements and recording activities. The Quartet recordings have been highly praised and honoured through the years; La Dolce Vita label has acquired the entire discography of the Talich Quartet from the prestigious French label Calliope.