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. 

 MISQA 2019

MISQA 2019

All these distinguished professors will be giving public Master Classes in Tanna Schulich Hall every weekday at 2pm. 

Free admission.

Please check the calendar for more details.

András Fejér

András Fejér

Born into a musical family, András Fejér began playing the cello at the age of seven. His father was a cellist and conductor and his mother was a pianist and, since an early age, they have held string quartet weekends, which, for the young cellist were the most memorable of occasions. 

Mr. Fejér was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 1975, where he was a pupil of Ede Banda, András Mihály, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág. That same year he founded the Takács String Quartet with three fellow classmates. 

Although the quartet has been his sole professional focus since then, he does perform as a soloist occasionally as well. 

Geraldine Walther

Geraldine Walther

Geraldine Walther was Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony for 29 years, having previously served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Miami Philharmonic.

A native of Florida, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Lillian Fuchs and at the Curtis Institute with Michael Tree. In 1979, she won first prize at the William Primrose International Competition. 

She has collaborated with such artists as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jaime Laredo, and has appeared as a guest artist with some of the world’s most renowned string quartets, including the Tokyo, Vermeer, Guarneri, Lindsay, Cypress, and St. Lawrence quartets. She joined the Takács Quartet as a regular member in 2005.

Heime Müller

Heime Müller

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Heime Müller has been the first and second violinist of the Artemis Quartet for 16 years, performing around the world in the major concert halls and festivals. The Quartet had an exclusive recording contract with Virgin Classics and won major awards such as the Diapason d’Orand the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis

Sought-after professor of violin and chamber music, he has taught at the University of Arts in Berlin and is currently professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Moreover, he holds a professorship for String Quartet at the Escuela Superiorde Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. 

Heime Müller frequently gives masterclasses all over Europe and is the artistic director of the International Chamber Music Campus of the Jeunesses Musicales in Germany.