Violinist, former member of the Alban Berg Quartet

Gerhard Schulz was born in 1951 as the fourth child in a family of musicians in Linz an der Donau. He studied with Franz Samohyl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, with Sándor Végh at Düsseldorf’s Robert Schumann Hochschule and with Shmuel Ashkenasi in the USA. In 1972, as a student, he attended Sándor Végh’s violin masterclass at the first International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, which had an invaluable influence on his development as a chamber musician.

Gerhard Schulz was a founding member of the Salzburg String Trio and the Schulz Ensemble, and was first violinist with the Düsseldorf String Quartet. For over 30 years, he gave performances in the most important music centres across the globe as a member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartet. As an exclusive artist under EMI, the quartet made recordings of the majority of quartet repertoire, for which it received innumerable awards. When the ABQ ceased its concert activities in summer 2008, Gerhard Schulz founded the Waldstein Ensemble (piano quartet). In November 2009, he made his debut as a conductor with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to equally enjoy making music from the podium and working with his students.

Gerhard Schulz has been a professor of violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1980, he was a visiting professor of chamber music at Cologne University of Music from 1993 to 2013, and from 2013 to 2017 was a professor of chamber music at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart.

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