Stefan started playing at the age of six with Hedwig Thierfelder in Osnabruck, Germany.
His teachers include Marcel Charpentier, Konrad Grahe and Emile Cantor. Stefan completed his Bachelor of Music in 1992 at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen.
He has attended master classes with Konrad Grahe, Thomas Brandis, Serge Collot and Emile Cantor.
From 1992 he worked with a number of orchestras in Germany including the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Cologne Chamber Orchestra (Principal), Theater Nordhausen (Principal), Philharmonie Essen, Dusseldorfer Sinfoniker, Staatstheater Koblenz and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
After immigrating to Australia in 2001, Stefan has recorded the 6th Brandenburg Concerto for the ABC and has been regularly playing with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and many other ensembles.
Since the formation of the Acacia Quartet he has turned his focus to chamber music.
Stefan is teaching viola at the Australian Institute of Music.
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Blog posts and interviews with Stefan
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We asked Stefan a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was 7 when I started to learn the violin. Two years later a viola player was needed for a string quartet competition and my teacher encouraged me to try the viola. I loved the lower sound and never touched the violin again… I never wanted to become a professional musician and only decided to give it a go after finishing school.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? At home in front of the computer, organising Acacia Quartet.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? A cold beer.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? If no interval needed, a one hour concert is perfect in length.
- When should we clap? Whenever the audience feels like clapping.
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