Irmgard Schaller

Baroque violin and viola

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Biography

Irmgard Schaller comes from a musical family in Salzburg, and studied from an early age at the Mozarteum, where she had the good luck to attend classes in performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Subsequently she specialised in baroque violin with Lucy van Dael at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, graduating with the Concert Diploma in 1989. Since then, she has played with many well-known orchestras throughout Europe, including The English Baroque Soloists, La Petite Bande, Anima Eterna, Das Kleine Konzert and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. However, over the last 25 years her orchestral work has been almost exclusively with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, founded by Frans Brüggen.

She is also a highly experienced chamber musician, having played with Concerto Palatino, Banda del Seicento, Ensemble 415, Schönbrunn Ensemble, the Taverner Players and Chiaroscuro. From 1995 to 1998 she was first violin in London Baroque - and since the arrival of children appears regularly on violin or viola as the occasion demands. Recently, in collaboration with Richard Gwilt, she has founded the chamber ensemble, Arcomelos.

Since her move from England to Germany in 2006 she has performed recitals with Sophie Yates, Gary Cooper, Gerald Hambitzer and Menno van Delft, and chamber music concerts with Rainer Zipperling, Hana Blazíková, Heidi Gröger, Peter Kooij, Mieneke van der Velden, Dane Roberts, Ketil Haugsand, Wim Becu, Michael Schmidt-Casdorff, Ariadne Daskalakis and the Amsterdam String Quartet.

Irmgard has always had a keen interest in teaching and the mechanisms of learning. Therefore she has also trained as an NLP-practioner and as a kinesiologist, and recently started learning the Interactive Teaching Method of the Alexander Technique. She taught regularly at the summer course for Early Music in Daroca/Spain, in masterclasses in the USA and as deputy at Trinity College of Music in London. From 2010 - 2013 she taught Baroque violin and viola at the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Irmgard Schaller has performed throughout Europe, America, Japan and Australia, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Berliner Philharmonie. She appears regularly on television and radio and has recorded over 80 CDs.