Montréal 2020

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.

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.

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. 

Adam B-Hart   Aaron Boyd

Adam B-Hart Aaron Boyd

Top prize winner in the 2001and 2002 Irving M. Klein competitions in San Francisco, violinist Adam Barnett-Hart made his debut with the Juilliard Symphony at 19 performing the Brahms concerto in Alice Tully Hall. 

He began studying with Pinchas Zukerman after graduating from the Juilliard School, where he completed a B.A. with Joel Smirnoff. Prior to Juilliard, Mr. Barnett-Hart studied with James Maurer, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein.

Born in Pittsburgh, violinist Aaron Boyd began playing the violin at the age of seven. Prizewinner in numerous competitions Mr. Boyd has participated in the Tanglewood, Fontainebleau, Prussia Cove and Marlboro Music Festivals, where he has performed with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, as well as the Juilliard, Guarneri and Orion String Quartets.

He graduated from the Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and Harvey Shapiro.

Pierre Lapointe   Brook Speltz

Pierre Lapointe Brook Speltz

In 2012, Pierre Lapointe completed a thesis on Zemlinsky's Second Quartet and obtained a Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he has performed at numerous venues across the world. In 2004, he received a prize from the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec for his work at the Gatineau Conservatory. 

Mr. Lapointe's teachers were Yaëla Hertz, Calvin Sieb, Paul Yarbrough and Lawrence Dutton.

First Prize winner of the Ima Hogg Competition, Brook Speltz has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist throughout the world. A regular performer at England’s IMS Prussia Cove and on tour with Musicians from Marlboro, M.Speltz studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, after his formative years of study with Eleonore Schoenfeld in Los Angeles.

Escher Quartet

Escher Quartet

Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. The ensemble quickly came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide; championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist's summer festival.

 The quartet has since collaborated with artists including David Finckel, Leon Fleischer, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Paul Watkins, and David Shifrin, and in 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. 

Currently String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.