Thomas Riebl

Thomas Riebl

Repertoire: one piece by J.S.Bach and at least one other piece.

Thomas Riebl was born in Vienna. He studied with Siegfried Führlinger, Peter Schidlof and Sandor Végh. At the age of 16 he made his debut at the Konzerthaus in Vienna; since then he has given concerts all over Europe and in the USA (including the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebow Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, NY), with many orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Horst Stein, Edo de Waart, Sir Andrew Davies and Sylvain Cambreling. He was guest at many renowned international music festivals (e.g. Salzburg Festival), and performed with Jessye Norman, Brigitte Fassbaender, Auréle Nicolet, Gidon Kremer, Benjamin Schmid, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Steven Isserlis, Sabine Meyer, Andras Schiff, Oleg Maisenberg, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lars Vogt and the Juilliard String Quartet.

Thomas Riebl won 1st prize at the international Naumburg viola competition in New York in 1982.

1972 - 1979 he was violist with the Vienna Franz Schubert Quartet ; 1979 to 2004 he was a member of the Vienna String Sextet. Since 1983 he has been a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and has given countless master classes at the most important international music universities.

He is the artistic director of the International Summer Academy Bad Leonfelden, Austria and has recorded numerous CDs. In 2010, together with master violin maker Bernd Hiller, he developed a five-string tenor viola, on which he played the Arpeggione sonata by F.Schubert, Beethoven's sonata op.5 / 1, the sixth cello suite and the viol sonatas by JSBach, the clarinet concerto by Mozart (in the original version for basset clarinet) as well as new works written for the instrument

German Tcakulov

Born in Vladikavkaz, Russia German Tcakulov began his musical education in his home town (violin, viola and piano). At the age of 15, he continued his viola studies with Prof. Vladimir Stopichev at the special music school of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, before transferring to the St. Petersburg Conservatory four years later. At the age of 21, he moved to Germany, where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in viola at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Tabea Zimmermann.

In 2013, he received a scholarship from the Lucia Loeser Foundation and has also won prizes at international competitions (including Charles Hennen in Holland, Jyväskylä in Finland, Mravinsky in Russia and the "start-up! music" prize from the Hanns Eisler University of Music). From 2018 to 2022 he is a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BR). As an orchestral musician, he works with numerous world-famous conductors.

His chamber music partners include Stephan Forck, Ulf Wallin, Tabea Zimmermann, Claudio Bohórquez, Stephan Pickard and Frank van de Laar. Invitations to festivals (including Murten Classics, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival, Otzberg Summer Concerts). Since 2021 he has been in charge of his own viola class at the Munich University of Music and Theater. From 2017 to 2022 he holds a teaching position at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin and is assistant to Tabea Zimmermann. In summer 2022 he is appointed professor of viola at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. He recently received an appointment to the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

He plays a modern French viola by Patrick Robin.

Milan Milojicic

Milan Milojicic was born in 1982 in Jagodina, Serbia, and began playing the viola at the age of eight. He received his training from Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and from Gérard Caussé at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía. Nobuko Imai, Ferenc Rados, Diemut Poppen, Alfred Brendl and members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and Hagen Quartet gave him further important artistic impulses. He won "Summa cum Lauda" prizes and the audience prize at the international Bogdan Warchal - Talents for Europe competition in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia, and at the international "Petar Konjovic" competition in Belgrade. He has performed as a soloist with the Slovakian National Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, the Salzburg Philharmonic and the Zahir Ensemble Seville.

Milan Milojicic is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has been the violist of the renowned Vienna Minetti Quartet since 2011. He has performed at numerous international festivals such as the Mozartwoche Salzburg, Festival Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Salzburg Festival. His chamber music partners include Fazil Say, Andreas Ottensamer, Camille Thomas, Till Fellner, Martin Fröst, the Mandelring Quartet, the Altenberg Trio, Sergio Azzolini, Paul Meyer, Jörg Widmann and the Ensemble Wien.

Milan Milojicic has been teaching as an assistant for viola (Prof. Thomas Riebl) and chamber music teacher at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since March 2013. He has given masterclasses in the USA, Spain, Sweden, Austria and Mexico. From 2006 to 2012 he was principal viola with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, and is a regular guest principal with renowned orchestras such as the Tonhalle Zurich, the Haydn Philharmonic Nicolas Altstaedt and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. CD and radio recordings on the labels Hänssler Classic, Avi Music and CPO.

Milan Milojicic plays on a viola by Bernd Hiller.