The masterclass is open to violists and viola students of all levels (pre-academic, music school, bachelors, masters).
The string quartet course involves the study of pieces of repertoire to deal with the teacher during the course. It is open to string quartets of all levels. Expected evening concerts and a fine concert.
At the end of the masterclass there will be a Concert in Chianciano Terme and the best student or quartet will give a concert in Florence as part of the concert seasons “I Fiori musicali 2018-19” or in Festival IMOC 2019.
JÖRG WINKLER was born in East Berlin and started his musical education at the age of four. After serving the obligatory military service in the East German Marines, he studied the viola at the Hans Eisler Hochschule in Berlin with Alfred Lipka and Kim Kashkashian and engaged in master classes with Jürgen Kussmaul and Harvey Shapiro. He was a member of the Schill Quartet for several years, studying with Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, Gerhard Schultz and the Melos and Arditti Quartet, and touring throughout Europe and the USA.
Jörg Winkler won the silver medal in the East German National Music Competition as a violist and with his quartet, at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. After finishing his studies he joined the Staatskapelle, Berlin where he played under Daniel Barenboim.
Very versatile in his musical interest he has been part of various chamber music groups, performing and recording. He has also given many contemporary music performances with the Kammerensemble für Neue Musik Berlin as a group member and soloist.
As Principal Viola Jörg Winkler was one of the founding members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra which led to him becoming a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He has also been invited as Principal Viola to perform with the Camerata Salzburg, the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the BBC Wales Symphony Orchestra working with conductors as Leonidas Kavakos, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernhard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa and many others.
Since 2003, he has been Principal Viola at the Florence Opera House Maggio Musicale Orchestra with its Principal Conductor Zubin Mehta.
Jörg enjoys a rich combination of performing as a soloist, chamber musician, teaching and helping with the local wine and olive harvest.