Course Period 2

Violin - Young Excellence

01.08.2022 - 05.08.2022

Michaela Girardi

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.

Young Excellence - Intensive Class for highly talented young students.

Classes for particularly talented children and young people in cooperation with the Leopold Mozart institute of the Mozarteum University.

The Leopold Mozart institute of the Mozarteum University promotes particularly talented children and young people. The promotion is directed towards developing a professional musicality, whilst enjoying musical activity, artistic creativity and the self-implementation of the talented students, which may lead to exceptional musical achievements.

The course has its focus on the intensive recess of a preparatory repertoire (three works of different style and character), the artistic arrangement of the works in the close sense connection with the technical realization. It is recommended to chose an age-according repertoire.

Lecturers, who have special experience in the work with gifted young talents, will lead these intensive courses.

For students at the Leopold Mozart Institute (Encouragement of talented students) participation in the intensive course is free.
For external ones (age limit: 16 years) intensive course: EUR 300