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Julius Berger

Julius Berger

Violoncello

Julius Berger

Julius Berger was born in Augsburg and studied with Walter Reichardt and Fritz Kiskalt at the musical college in Munich and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Antonio Janigro, whose assistant he was from 1979 till 1982. He then completed his studies with Zara Nesova at the University of Cincinnati (USA) and undertook a masterclass given by Mstislav Rostropovic.

At the age of only 28 Julius Berger was appointed to a professorship at the musical college in Würzburg, subsequently moving to Saarbrücken, Mainz and Augsburg, where he taught leading young talents. Since 1992 he has also been teaching at the renowned International Summer Academy at Salzburg’s Mozarteum. He is artistic director of the Eckelhausen Music Days and of the Asiago Festival in Italy

Julius Berger has dedicated a major part of his concert and recording activities to the rediscovery of the complete violoncello works of Luigi Boccherini and Leonardo Leo, and of the oldest music ever written for the cello, the ricercari of Antonii and Gabrielli.

His concerts and CD-editions of the works for violoncello and piano by Paul Hindemith, and of the works of Ernst Bloch, Max Bruch , Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann and Edward Elgar are highly regarded internationally, as is his great commitment to contemporary compositions This has led to highly praised recordings of the works of John Cage, Toshio Hosokawa, Mikis Theodorakis and Sofia Gubaidulina, amongst others. His tours and concert brought him together in music and friendship with people such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugen Jochum, Daniel Harding, Gidon Kremer, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Olivier Messiaen, Sofia Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rihm.

He is the president of the Markneukirchen International Music Competition, and has been a juror at competitions at Salzburg, Kronberg, Munich and Warsaw.

Since 1989 Julius Berger has been a member of the music faculty of the Gaurdini foundation Berlin, and since 1997 has been an elected member of the central committee of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. As an author, Julius Berger has published widely, and he has been elected a member of the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz.

www.juliusberger.de

 

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