David Frühwirth, violin


Session II (August 4-10)
Classical Bridge International Music Festival Academy

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Sponsor David Frühwirth

 Austrian born violinist David Frühwirth has already made quite a name for himself in the international music scene. Numerous press reports have spoken highly of his talents. The internationally regarded journal The Strad has stated: „David Frühwirth is one of the most refined young violinists appearing in recital today!” and the magazine Fono Forum has written: „David Frühwirth draws an unbelievable breath of tone colour and variety of moods from his violin". 

Maestro Valery Gergiev invited him for the celebration of the Mozart Year to perform Mozart’s 3rd Violin Concerto and to give the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Olga Pochikhina with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg.

In the past seasons David Frühwirth was invited to play at major concert halls such as the Musikverein Vienna, Wigmore Hall London, “Mozarteum” Concert Hall Salzburg, Historic Museum Moscow, Pompidou Centre Paris, Prinzregenten Theater Munich as well as at the „Zeitkunstfestival-Berlin” and the „Toledo Music Festival“. Highlights include several performances celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius (Debut with MPO Malaysia) and the release of his latest recording with Karl Weigl Violin concerto together with “Norddeutsche Philharmonic Orchestra”.

Already 2004 he played his Debut Recital at the “Salzburg Festival” and 2010 in Beijing with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra (conductor Gabriel Feltz). He is a regular guest at prestigious Music Festivals including Gstaad Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Black Sea Festival, Cheltenham Festival UK, Richard-Strauss-Tage, Spring Festival Budapest, Cappenberg Music Festival, Davos Festival and Prussia Cove - Open Chamber Music Festival in the UK. 

The violinist has also performed both as soloist and as chamber musician at many well-known musical centers such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Konzerthaus Vienna, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Great Festival Hall Salzburg, Herkulessaal Munich and Gewandhaus in Leipzig

Orchestras worldwide he has worked with include Mariinsky Orchestra, Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, China National Orchestra, MPO Malaysia, Dortmund and Nürnberger Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna- and Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Nordwest-Deutsche Philharmonie, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Symphonic Ensemble.

Under famous Conductors such as: Valery Gergiev, Kozuhiro Koizumi, Alexander Lazarev, Hubert Soudant, Arthur Fagen, Philippe Auguin, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Roger Epple, Florian Krumpoeck, Michael Hofstetter, Johannes Wildner, Andrew Constantine, Theodor Guschlbauer and many others.

He maintains a busy chamber music schedule, and has performed together with Jörg Widmann, Steven Isserlis, Herbert Schuch, Tatjana Masurenko, Wen-Sinn Yang, Julius Berger, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Claudio Bohorquez, Henri Sigfridsson, Milana Chernyavska, Adrian Brendel and Lawrence Power. Since 2008 he is the first violinist of the “Klenze – String Quartett” based in Munich. He also has worked extensively with main composers our time including Jörg Widmann, David Noon, Sarah Nemtsov, Olga Potchikina, Graham Waterhouse and Marcello Nisinmann.

David Frühwirth is prize-winner of several national and international competitions. In 2004 he was also the recipient of the „Millennium Award” in London, which led to Lecture Recitals at the Menuhin School of Music and at Oxford University. He is a passionate teacher and lecturer and gives regular Master Classes for violin, chamber music and lectures in Austria, Germany, Italy, England and Asian Countries.

The violinist is an enthusiastic explorer of unknown repertoire and has restored many forgotten works to the concert stage. This has led to numerous CD recordings with following labels: Capriccio (Wellesz and Weigl Violin concerto with RSO Berlin), OEHMS Classics (Salzburg Festival Debut / Live-Recording), Crystal Classics, Hungaroton, EDA; 

His first Double Album „Trails of Creativity“ at AVIE Records received Editors Choice in the Fono Forum Magazine and Gramophone Magazine. 

At an early age David Frühwirth enrolled at the Salzburg “Mozarteum” University where he studied with Paul Roczek, Jürgen Geise and the legendary virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci. From 1990 to 1995 he continued his studies in Germany with the famous teacher Zakhar Bron, where, at the age of 20, he received his Artist’s-Diploma. For his postgraduate diplomas he was invited by the great Pinchas Zukerman to study with him and Patinca Kopec in New York, where he finished 1998 with honours. And the violinist received chamber music coaching from Jaime Laredo, Isidore Cohen (Beaux Arts Trio) und Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartett). 

The Violinist is an Exclusive Partner of “Thomastik Infeld Strings” Vienna and plays on a " Giovanni Battista Rogeri“ violin which is kindly on loan to him.