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.

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. 

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.

Annti Tikkanen   Minna Pensola

Annti Tikkanen Minna Pensola

Born in Oulainen, Finland, Annti Tikkanen is a versatile musician whose dynamic career led him to perform extensively around the world’s best music festivals as a chamber musician, soloist as well as in baroque performances. He began to study violin at the age of seven and his principal teachers have been Tomasz Orzech, Zinaidi Gilels, Lajos Garam, Mi-Kyung Lee, Kreeta-Maria Kentala and Pavel Verniknov.

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A founding member of the META4 quartet, Minna Pensola is also the co-founder of the Punavuori Chamber Music Society. Professor of violin at the Sibelius Academy, Mrs. Pensola has also acted as artistic director of the Sysmä Summer Sounds Festival. Her principal teachers and mentors have been Kaija Saarikettu, Ana Chumachenko, Hatoo Beyerle and Josef Rissin.

Atte Kilpeläinen   Tomas Djupsjöbacka

Atte Kilpeläinen Tomas Djupsjöbacka

Atte Kilpeläinen studied at the Sibelius Academy and the Cologne University. Principal viola of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, he has also served as guest principal viola and appeared as soloist with several European orchestras. M. Kilpeläinen has joined the Meta4 quartet in 2006 and since 2012, he is a faculty member of the Sibelius Academy.

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Tomas Djupsjöbacka started his musical training at the age of three.  In 1998, he won the second prize in the Turku National Cello Competition which led him to perform as a soloist with several European orchestras. A sought-after collaborator, M. Djupsjöbacka teaches chamber music at the Sibelius Academy. His principal teachers and mentors have been Martti Rousi, Marko Ylönen, and Ralf Gothóni Patrick Demenga.

Master Classes

Master Classes

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Professors will be giving public Master Classes in Tanna Schulich Hall at 2pm every weekday between August 10 and August 22.

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Free Admission

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