Languages: German, English
Michaela Girardi comes from Salzburg; she received her musical training at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, at the Indiana University in the USA and at the Lübeck Academy of Music. Her teachers include Paul Roczek, Mauricio Fuks and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
Michaela Girardi first performed as a soloist at the age of eleven together with the Salzburg Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has repeatedly been a soloist in concerts with various orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic as well as the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss.
Nevertheless, she is devoted to playing chamber music. Playing as a member of the Callino Quartet had a lasting influence on her music-making through working closely with artists such as the Hagen Quartet, Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, György Kurtag and Erich Höbarth. Michaela Girardi has undertaken concert tours to perform in the Wigmore Hall, at the chamber music festival in Bordeaux, at Prussia Cove, in the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn and at many other festivals in Europe with partners such as Jörg Widmann, Pekka Kuuisto, Barry Douglas and Nicholas Daniel.
As a young violinist Michaela Girardi also developed a strong affinity to contemporary music. With the Austrian Ensemble for New Music (oenm), the ensemble risonanze erranti and Ensemble Plus she has worked intensively with composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka, Helmut Lachenmann and Johannes Motschmann. Recently a CD of works by Peter Ruzicka, including a recording of his Fifth String Quartet, Sturz, was issued on the Neos label.
Michaela Girardi has been section leader in the Camerata Salzburg since 2008 and has encountered many interesting personalities such as Philippe Herreweghe, Roger Norrington, Leonidas Kavakos and Teodor Currentzis. She is regularly invited to play as leader, for instance of her own orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, as well as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra.
Michaela Girardi teaches violin and chamber music at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and gives master-classes in the context of the Austrian Master-classes and at the China Conservatory in Peking.