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Gerhard Marschner


Place of Birth: Wien
Membership in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra: 2004
Membership in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic: 2007

Gerhard Marschner was born in Vienna on August 5, 1984, and received his first violin lessons from Grete Biedermann at the age of six. From 1992 through 1994, he studied with Ina Stemberger and between 1994 and 1995 with Juri Polatschek, before entering the class of long-time first violinist, Alfred Staar (1938-2000), which entailed also working with Staar's assistant, Hubert Kroisamer at the Univerity of Music Graz/Oberschützen. Following the sudden death of Alfred Staar, the instructor of more than 20 members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Gerhard Marschner switched to the viola, studying first with principal violist, Josef Staar (1935-2000) and afterwards, until 2004, with Hans Peter Ochsenhofer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

At the age of 19, Marschner won the audition for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, beginning his service there as of February 2004. In 2007 he became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and in that same year became a section leader of the violas.

In spite of his young age, Gerhard Marschner can already claim an exceptional musical career. In 1997 and 2002 he won the first prize at the competition Prima la Musica (piano chamber music and viola solo); in the fall of 2002 he made a solo appearance in the Brahmssaal of the Musikverein as part of the final concert of the International Music Forum Trenta; in the 2004/05 season he appeared with the Coburg Quartet in a chamber music cycle at the Palais Coburg in Vienna; and in 2006 he made a CD recording with Rebekka Bakken, as well as participating as a soloist at the prize winner concert of the Gustav Mahler Composition Competition.
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