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Michael Frischenschlager

Soloist, chamber musician, violin pedagogue from Salzburg - is descendant of a well known musicians family of long tradition. He studied violin, conducting, musicology at the academies and universities in Salzburg, Köln, Wien and Roma. His violin teachers were Theodor Müller, Andrè Gertler, Franz Samohyl and Yehudi Menuhin. After several years of important orchestra experience on highest artistic level (Wiener Solisten, Wiener Philharmoniker) followed a period of intensive, exclusive concert activity as soloist and chamber musician with concerts in almost all European countries, in North America and Asia.

In 1971 he began to teach at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna with many brilliant violinists - winners of national and international competitions, successful soloists, chamber musicians, and members of important orchestras in Austria, Europe, Asia - coming out from his class throughout the years. 1984 he has been elected Head of String Department, 1989 vice chancellor, 1992 - 1996 chancellor of the University of Music Vienna. He is worldwide in demand as jury member of many renowned violin and chamber music competitions and also as teacher for master-classes at famous universities and academies, e.g. Asahikawa, Berlin, Budapest, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Leipzig, London, Kyoto, Montreal, Orford, Osaka, Paris, Salzburg, Sapporo, Sofia, Taipeh, Tokio.

Since 1989 he is president of the International "Fritz Kreisler" Competition in Vienna. In 1991 he founded the International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and has been its director for 14 years. For many years he has been President of the European String Teachers Association in Austria (ESTA) and Committee member and Vice President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC).