Sylvie Altenburger
17th - 23rd of September
Soloist in the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris under the direction of Pierre Boulez, she founded the TRIO DES LYRES. Founding member of the RUBIN QUARTET which  was  honored in 1996 in the  international competition of Evian for the best Mozart interpretation. Viola and chamber music professor at the University of Music Freiburg in Germany. In 2014 Sylvie Altenburger joined the Ensemble Aventure, based in Freiburg and devoted to contemporary music.
Boris Faust
2nd - 7th of September
Studied in the classes of Matthias Buchholz and Hatto Beyerle. First viola soloist at the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra. Professor at the HfMT in Hamburg since 2014.
Roland Glassl
17th - 22nd of September
Glassl was the first German to win the first prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England, other awards include Viola Competition of the German Viola Society, 1st International Viola Competition Vienna, Primrose Viola Competition and Washington International Competition for strings. Concert tours have take him through Europe, North- and South America, and China. Since 2004, Glassl is professor of viola at the at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt as successor of Tabea Zimmermann.
Nimrod Guez
5th - 10th of September
Winner of the AVIV Viola Competition in Tel Aviv, he gained orchestral experience as Principal Violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Frankfurt Opera, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was the 1st Principal Violist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, and since 2007 he has held the same position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. Viola Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.
Ulrich Knörzer
24th - 30th of September
Awarded first prize in the national competition “Jugend musiziert”. As a renowned soloist and chamber musician, Ulrich Knörzer has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1990 and performs regularly as a chamber musician, predominantly as a member of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. He has been a professor of viola at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Tatjana Masurenko
17th - 22nd of September
Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. She has worked with composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. She is professor for viola at the internationally renowned University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. She also gives masterclasses abroad in Spain, Canada, Scandinavia and other countries.
Diemut Poppen
7th - 9th of September
She has appeared in the most important music centres around the world. She performed as a soloist under the baton of conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Frans Brüggen and Claudio Abbado, and has been awarded the European Music Prize. Professor for Viola and Chamber Music in Detmold, in Madrid at the Escuela de Musica Reina Sofia and at Hemu Lausanne. She is Artistic Director of Cantabile Festival Lisboa and Rigi Musiktage/Switzerland.
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Capriccio, Live classics, EMI, Tudor, Ondine, amongst others.
Ludwig Schmalhofer
1st - 7th of September
Prizewinner of the "Bubenreuth string quartet competition”. He has taught since 1995 as viola professor at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg. He has more than 25 years of experience as an orchestral musician and also holds master classes in Paris, at the University of North Carolina (USA) and at the Conservatorio di Musica Napoli.
Felix Schwartz
24th - 29th of September
Felix Schwartz´ career was launched by receiving two prizes at the International Music Competition at Geneva. He works with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova, Lisa Batiashvili, Guy Braunstein, Yefim Bronfman, Giora Feidman, Michael Gielen, Lawrence Foster, Boris Pergamenshikov (†), Nikolaj Znaider and Pinchas Zukerman. Training young musicians is another field of his artistic commitment, may it be as a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Rostock or supervising young top musicians at the Orchestra Academy with the Staatskapelle Berlin.
Karin Wolf
24th - 30th of September
She is a founding member of the internationally renowned Verdi Quartet. She performs as a soloist and is a guest at chamber music festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, making appearances with Bruno Giuranna, Wolfgang Meyer, the members of the Amadeus Quartet and the Melos Quartet. Karin Wolf is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim.