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Master Classes for VIOLIN, VIOLA & CELLO

solo | preformed ensembles

05.09.2021 - 11.09.2021


David Frühwirth The Salzburg-born violinist David Frühwirth studied at the Mozarteum with Prof. Paul Roczek and Ruggiero Ricci, Prof. Zackar Bron in Lübeck and Pinchas Zukerman in New York. During his studies he enjoyed working with chamber music teachers such as Walter Levin, Isidore Cohen and Jaime Laredo. He is a multiple prizewinner at national and international competitions and has performed in many important music centres, including: Musikverein Wien, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall N. Y. , Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Herkulessaal Munich and Mariinsky Concert Hall. As a soloist, he has performed with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, RSO Berlin, CNSO China, Vienna, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and is regularly  invited to Music Festivals such as; Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Richard Strauss Festival, Davos Festival, Spring Festival Budapest and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Chamber music is an important part of his career and so he regularly plays with outstanding colleagues. Since 2006 he is also first Violinist of the “Klenze” string quartet. David Frühwirth explores music literature with great enthusiasm for forgotten works and has brought many back on stage. Numerous CD releases (Capriccio, Crystal Records, OEHMS Classics, Hungaroton, EDA and AVIE) show his artistic work. Teaching young musicians is for Univ.-Prof. David Frühwirth particularly close to his heart and so he dedicates himself with enthusiasm to his pedagogical work. For 20 years he has been giving many master classes, training workshops and lectures in Europe, South America and Asia and is also board member of the „Austrian Master Classes“. In 2021 he was appointed a professorship at the Mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He also received the Millennium Award in London for Lecture Recitals at the Menuhin School of Music and Oxford University. David Frühwirth plays a violin by “J. B. Vuillaume” and is the exclusive partner of Thomastik-Infeld Strings Vienna. Violin

Annelie Gahl Annelie Gahl is a teacher at a Viennese music school and at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. She was a member of the Camerata Salzburg, a regular member of the Concentus Musicus directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and also a concert master of the Wiener Akademie. Furthermore she regularly appears as a guest in the Klangforum Wien. She also appeared as a soloist with the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie und with the Camerata Salzburg in the Brucknerhaus/Linz and in the Viennese Musikverein, and at various festivals (e.g. Wien Modern, Osterfestival Hall, Festwochen Gmunden, Styriarte, Klangspuren Schwaz), and in the Philharmonie Luxembourgh. Her first solistic CD 'innaron' (published in 2005 at 'Extraplatte') aroused considerable enthusiasm in the media. Annelie Gahl is a holder of the Anton-Bruckner-Prize of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra. She started violin playing with Paul Roczek at the Hochschule Mozarteum and graduated in 1991 with Ernst Kovacic at the Viennese College. Afterwards she studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Northern Illinois University enabled by a scholarship of the Alban-Berg-Stiftung. Violin

Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker Hamburg-born Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker is one of the renowned German violinists. Joachim Kaiser, the legendary music critic, described her playing as „beguiling“ in its powerful blend of reserve and bravura, of tender restraint and intoxicating spirit and esteemed it as „luck“ that coincidence had allowed him to have become acquainted with Sabrina-Vivian whose CDs in their „vitality, intensity and quality,“ „moved his heart“. Similarly, the world´s leading string music magazine, „The Strad“, not only was enthused about „magical“ moments, „tonal elegance”, „admirable technique”, „fire and temperament” on her CDs featuring violin sonatas by Richard Strauss and Sergei Prokofiev or the Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch and Mendelssohn´s violin concerto in e-minor, but was thrilled by the „impeccable intonation”, the „honeyed tone”, the „mercurial dexterity” and the „speed and precision” of her CD „Habanera“:  Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker was honored with the Alois-Kottman-Preis in Gold in collaboration with the city of Frankfurt am Main for this CD production. Her latest CD with Delos Music features the entire set of Brahms’ 21 Hungarian Dances in the seldomly recorded version of Joseph Joachim. It was immediately elected “Album of the week” on Classical KUSC radio California - right after the New Years Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic in January 2019. Concert critics admire her innate talent for musical phrasing and Maestro Abbado, former chairman of the jury of the International Abbado Violin Competition said of her playing: „Her musicality is enchanting, her tone is superb, her technique is incredible, her virtuosity extraordinary. Brava, Super Brava, Bravíssima!“ As a soloist Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker has worked with ensembles such as the Bavarian State Orchestra and conductors like Zubin Mehta who characterized her as an “excellent violinist with a huge musicality”. She also shared stage with Andris Nelsons, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and many other conductors. Along with appearances at major concert venues all over the World (Carnegie Hall, Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne / USA, Auditorio Nacionál de Música Madrid), Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker has performed as a soloist at some of the most prestigious Festivals (Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona, Braunschweiger Classix Festival, „Winners and Masters” Munich, „Los Nuevos Solistas” Madrid). She derives particular artistic satisfaction from chamber music (with partners like Fabio Bidini, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Johannes Moser, Dominic Cheli, Rodolfo Leone, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Anna Fedorova and Benedict Klöckner) and devotes herself to it with a special fervor. Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker was first taught by her father. At the age of eleven she made her debut as a soloist at the „European Young Musicians Festival“ in the Philharmonic Hall at the Gasteig in Munich. After coming top in her year with the Abitur (high-school-graduation) she went on to study violin with Max Rostal, Josef Rissin and Jens Ellermann, as well as Zakhar Bron and his assistant Sergei Fatkoulin, at Spain's top music college, the „Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía“ in Madrid. The collaboration with Max Rostal, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Giuliano Carmignola, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta and Placido Domingo have given her valuable inspiration and artistic stimulation. Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker has won 1st prizes at many national and international violin competitions, last at the International Abbado Violin Competition in Milano. She holds the Hofheim am Taunus Bach Award, the „Paolo Borciani“ Prize for chamber music and the „Alois-Kottman-Prize in Gold“. In addition please see: www.sabrinavivianhoepcker.com Violin

Martin Tittor Martin Tittor is a freelance soloist and teacher. Besides his extensive teaching activities he leads several ensembles. In numerous concert tours he appeared in the USA, in Israel, Mexico, and in Russia. He studied (among others) with Boris Goldstein, and he attended master classes with N. Milstein, H. Szeryng and V. Violin

Mirjam Tschopp Since her debut as a soloist at thirteen, Mirjam Tschopp has enjoyed a varied international career as a violinist and violist, both instruments featuring equally in her activities. She appears as a soloist with renowned orchestras and well-known conductors and has made a name for herself in chamber music projects with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Mandelring-Quartet, Martin Stadtfeld, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maximilian Hornung, the Duo TschoppBovino and until 2015 her piano trio. She has performed in the Philharmonie Berlin, the Lincoln Center New York, the Wigmore Hall London, the Philharmonie Cologne, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Zurich and at the Lucerne, Verbier and Gstaad Festivals. Her projects with music of the 20th and 21st centuries are highly regarded. She has premiered, under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Nicolas Bacri’s Violin Concerto which he dedicated to her, and received outstanding reviews in the international media for her recordings of the violin and viola concertos by Ahmed Adnan Saygun. Her CD of the violin and viola sonatas by Dmitri Shostakovich – referred to as “reference recording” – was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards. The only prizewinner of the 2000 Max Rostal Viola Competition, she studied violin with Aïda Stucki, Franco Gulli, Thomas Brandis, Herman Krebbers and Herbert Scherz and viola with Christoph Schiller. She held teaching posts for violin, viola and chamber music at the Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck and the Konservatorium Zurich. Since October 2018 she is professor for violin and viola at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. She is a jury member in various music competitions and is active in the school-project “Rhapsody in School”. Violin & Viola

Estelle Revaz Born 1989 in Switzerland, Estelle Revaz studied the cello in Paris at the CRR with Xavier Gagnepain and subsequently at the Conservatoire with Jérôme Pernoo, as well as in Cologne with Maria Kliegel. Her appearances as a soloist with orchestra and a repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to contemporary music have been highly acclaimed by reviewers and audiences in Europa, Asia, South Africa and South America. From the 2017/18 season onwards, Estelle will for three years be artist in residence with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève conducted by Arie van Beek. At the same time, she loves to play chamber music with pianists such as Finghin Collins, Frank Dupree or Gérard Wyss and is a member of the Trio Colomba with Sergey Ostrovsky (violin) and Irina Chkourindina (piano) as well as the Trio Window with Damien Bachmann (clarinet) and Christian Chamorel (piano). Concert work has taken Estelle to numerous halls and festivals in Switzerland (Victoria Hall, Geneva; Verbier Festival; Menuhin Festival, Gstaad; Fondation Gianadda, Martigny), France (Paris Louvre; Festival International de Colmar; Festival Pablo Casals), Germany and Italy, to South America and Asia (NCPA, Beijing; Oriental Art Center, Shanghai). Her stage partners included Gautier Capuçon, Lena Neudauer, Pavel Vernikov, Dong-Suk Kang, Ralf Manno, Pierre Génisson, Philippe Muller, the Sine Nomine Quartet, Cédric Pescia, François-Xavier Poizat and François Killian. In 2015, Cantique, her first CD with Bloch’s Schelomo and Pitture, a new concerto by Andreas Pflüger written especially for the occasion, was published. 2017 saw the release of another CD, Bach&Friends, where Estelle successfully combines solo works by Bach with 20 century composers. Radio and television appearances include national radio stations in France, Germany and Switzerland, several visits to the news programs and a documentary about Gautier Capuçon for Swiss National Television. More recently, Estelle coproduced a five-part radio program called „Estelle et le violoncelle“ for Swiss radio Espace 2. Since 2015, Estelle is a member of the „Forum des 100“, a group of personalities considered to be shaping the future of Switzerland. In addition, her professional activities include teaching at the Kalaidos University for Music in Zurich and the publication of articles, her research into „the development of the artistic personality in teaching of an instrument at a superior level” being published shortly. Cello


Class starts on: 05.09.2021, 18:00
Arrival after: 05.09.2021, 15:00
Final Concert: 11.09.2021, 11:00
Class ends on: 11.09.2021, 14:00
Deadline: 15.07.2021

Course fee
from € 350,- plus adminstration fee € 100,- 

Course location
Castle Zell an der Pram in Upper Austria

from € 300,-


...with drive into the new academic year!


The master classes for violin, viola and cello with internationally renowned teachers and soloists provide a good opportunity to spend a week preparing for the new academic year, a rehearsal, a concert appearance, a competition or an exam, or simply to develop a programme of their own choice.

With its generous seminar rooms, historic ambience and incomparably quiet and romantic location in the middle of the Upper Austrian Innviertel region, Schloss Zell an der Pram offers an exceptional setting for intensive work and artistic and professional development.

Invited are

Students and young students from music universities, music colleges and conservatories | advanced students of music schools and private lessons | professional musicians | instrument teachers

Semi-professional musicians/amateurs willing to engage in working from a professional point of view will be admitted only to a limited extent for the time being. Additional places can only be booked after the deadline of May 15, according to available places

The courses are open to participants of all nationalities over the age of 14. Exceptions to the minimum age requirement are possible in consultation with the course management

Free programme selection from the solo and concert repertoire | Course languages German & English 

The following services are included in the course fee

Depending on the booking, about 40 minutes or 80 minutes private lessons daily | piano accompaniment (by ‘répétiteur’)  | all classes are open for listening | occasional lectures or chamber orchestra | stage training | workshop concerts | final public concert with free admission | use of seminar and recreation rooms | use of the ping-pong tables and the sports field | additional offer of Shiatsu (to be booked separately) | active participants receive a participation diploma

The participants can practice in their living rooms, additional practicing rooms for string instrument players and for external participants are not available!


General timetable as a pdf

Registration deadline

Please note the registration deadline. Due to the high demand and limited number of participants, we recommend timely registration. Later registrations can be considered if there are any places left. 

Final concert

The final public concert will take place in the Fresco Hall of Schloss Zell an der Pram. The teachers select the participants

Leisure Time

A sports field and multi-purpose hall are available for leisure activities such as table tennis and ball games | there is a swimming pool nearby


Go ahead and book a second lesson unit (daily 80-minute private lesson) as well!