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Frank Stadler

Frank Stadler started violin lessons at the age of five. After graduating from the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with distinction, he became assistant to his former teacher, Helmut Zehetmair. He also studied with Ruggiero Ricci and participated in masterclasses with Thomas Brandis, Franco Gulli and Ivry Gitlis.

In 1993, Stadler founded the Stadler Quartett, with which he performs worldwide. The quartet appears regularly at the Salzburg Festival, where previous performances include Schönberg’s “Ode to Napoleon” with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Stockhausen’s “Helikopterquartett”.

In 2010, the Stadler Quartett released a CD on the “Neos” label, presenting works by Helmut Lachenmann, which was awarded the Pasticcio Prize from the Austrian radio station, ORF. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung quotes the composer as saying the interpretation contains: “simply everything that makes an audience wide awake and alert, and a composer happy”.

Since 1999, Frank Stadler has been Concert Master of the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, with which he also appears as soloist. His live recording of Mozart’s “Haffnerserenade” under Hubert Soudant, has been released on CD, and Mozart’s “Concertone” under Frans Brüggen, is available on DVD. Since 2004, Stadler has particularly enjoyed working closely with Ivor Bolton, the Principal Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra. Under Bolton, Stadler has performed the solo violin part in works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Strauss.

In 2003, Frank Stadler had a violin concerto written for him by Boguslaw Schaeffer, for the Warsaw Autumn Festival. As Guest Concert Master, Stadler has been invited to play with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Nürnberg Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In 2009, ORF transmitted a live recording of Stadler performing the Six Sonatas and Partitas of J.S.Bach. He has also recorded violin Sonatas by Schubert, Schumann and Janáček, with the Portuguese pianist Luis Magalhães, which has been released on the “Two Pianists” label in April 2011.
Hossam Mahmoud