Vienna Master Classes



Thomas Riebl

Prof. RAINER KÜCHL (Violin)
Rainer Küchl was born on August 25th 1950 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Lower Austria. At the age of 11 he began learning to play the violin. From 1964 until 1970, he studied violin at the Music Academy of Vienna* under Professor Samohyl. He was appointed concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera in 1971 at the age of 20, and since then has played with all the great conductors of our time – including Böhm, Bernstein, Karajan and Solti. Rainer Küchl combines a career as principal concertmaster of the Vienna philharmonic orchestra with solo and chamber music concerts as well as teaching. He plays as a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic as well as numerous concerts in Austria, Japan and Europe with many renowned orchestras. In 1973 he formed the Küchl-Quartet, also known as the Vienna Musikverein Quartet, which since 1976 has had a regular concert series in the Brahmssaal of the Musikverein in Vienna - frequently premiering contemporary works as well as the extensive classical repertoire. In 1982 Rainer Küchl was appointed full Professor and Head of Violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has given Master Classes in Europe and Japan. In 1995 he participated as concert master of the World Peace Orchestra under the baton of Sir Georg Solti at the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations. In 1998, at the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, he also appeared as concert master under Seiji Ozawa. In 2001 he was awarded official honorary status with the Vienna State Opera. Many awards have acknowledged his outstanding contribution to music, including the “Mozart Interpretation Award” in 1973 by the Mozart Society of Vienna, the “Golden Order of Merit of the Federal Province of Salzburg” in 1985, The “Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Arts” in 1988, in 1994 the ”Order of Merit of Services rendered to the Republic of Austria Grand Decoration” in 2010 “Honorary Goodwill Ambassador of Kawasaki” and “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon of the Japanese Government”. *University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna

Thomas Riebl

Prof. THOMAS RIEBL (Viola)
Born in Vienna in 1956, Thomas Riebl studied with S. Führlinger, P. Schidlof and S. Vegh. He has won prizes at the International Competitions in Budapest (1975), Munich (ARD 1976) and in 1982 won first prize and the International Naumburg Competition New York. Thomas Riebl has appeared as a soloist at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the "Goldene Saal" of the Wiener Musikverein. He has performed with numerous leading orchestras including the Chicago, Berlin and Vienna Symphony, the Bavarian and Finish Radio Symphony Orchestras. His chamber music partners have included J. Norman, A. Schiff, O. Maisenberg, El. Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, L. Vogt, G. Kremer, B. Schmid, Is. Faust, J. Bell, T. Zimmermann, N. Gutman, B. Pergamenschikow, St. Isserlis, S. Meyer and the Juilliard String Quartet. From 1972 - 1979 he was a member of the Franz-Schubert-Quartett, Vienna (1.prize at the competition in Stockholm in 1974); subsequently he became a founder member of the Vienna String Sextet (1979 - 2004), which performed worldwide and recorded several CDs for EMI and pan classics. Since 1983, Thomas Riebl has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. In addition, he has been Visiting Tuor at the RNCM in Manchester and has given numerous master classes worldwide. Many of his students won international competitions and became professors at music universities or members of leading orchestras and string quartets. He is artistic director of the Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden, Austria.

Michaela Reingruber

Member of the Trio Nouvella Wien, the Trio Allegria e pazzia and the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra. Solistic and chamber music concerts at home and abroad, e.g. at the Carinthian Summer, „Bregenzer Festpiele", Jazz Club Porgy and Bess, Austrian Radio. Participation in leading ensembles and orchestras like RSO Vienna, Die Reihe and NÖ Tonkünstlerorchester. Prizewinner at „Prima la musica", 1st prize at the international competition of the Gedok Stiftung Berlin. Master classes with I. Roth, M. Weiss, A. Bornkamp, J. Rousseau, L. v. Oström and J.-M. Londeix in Vienna. Professor at master classes. Teaches at the University of Music in Graz and at the University of Music in Vienna. Studied at the University of Music Vienna with O. Vrhovnik and C. Maurer. Graduation with distinction.

Gustav Rivinius

Prof. GUSTAV RIVINIUS (Violoncello)
is the first and only German musician to be awarded a Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition 1990. He has performed with the best world orchestra under L. Maazel, V. Neumann, Chr. Eschenbach, D. Kitaenko, D. Zinman, H. Schiff, V. Gergiev a .o. Along with his solo work, he plays regularly alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet. Gustav Rivinius is a professor at the HFM University of Music in Saarbrucken. He also teaches a number of master courses annually. In addition he is a sought after juror at major music competitions and sat on the jury at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Barbara Gisler-Haase

is a Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and head of the Leonard Bernstein Institute. In 1974 she won an award in the international competition at "Prague Spring". In the same year she began to teach at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Member of the "Eurasia Quartet", the "Vienna Nonett" and the "Vienna Bach Soloists", in 1983 founded the "Vienna Flautists" and in 1997 the "Jubal Trio". Numerous concerts with these ensembles as well as more than 15 CD recordings. Author of the flute series "Magic Flute" and "Fit for the flute". Development of the "wave line" flute up to international production-ready stage in collaboration with the Wiener Flötenwerkstatt.

Claudia Visca

graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was a Fullbright Scholar to Vienna. Over the past years he has guested in more than 25 opera houses in Europe with 74 opera- operetta- and musical roles. Claudia Visca has worked together with numerous artists, like Placido Domingo, Agnes Baltsa, Jóse Carreras, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean Pierre Rampal and Bruno Canino. A spezial highlight of her carreer was to sing West Side Story, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. She is professor of voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 2003 and gives international master classes in vocal technique and interpretation. Her students are prizewinners of numerous competitions and members of renowned opera houses.