Jörg Winkler – Viola
Jörg Winkler has been the Principal Viola of the Maggio Musicale, now known as the Opera di Firenze for twelve years. A founder member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, where he played for ten years as Principal Viola, Jörg has been invited as Guest Principal with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Camerata Salzburg. He was invited by Claudio Abbado and played for several years in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Born in Berlin, Jörg’s teachers include Alfred Lipka and Kim Kashkashian. He has played in masterclasses with Jürgen Kussmaul and Harvey Shapiro. With the Schill Quartet, he studied with Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, Gerhardt Schulz and the Arditti Quartet. The quartet toured extensively in Europe and the U.S.A. and was a prize winner in the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.
Chamber music has always been an important part of Jörg’s life and he gave many performances with the Kammerensemble für Neue Musik, Berlin as well as with the Mahler Chamber Soloists. He currently works with his pianist wife, Rebecca Woolcock. Solo performances have included the Mozart ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ in E flat major, conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Bartok 'Concerto for Viola and Orchestra' and Strauss’ ‘Don Quixote’.
A commited teacher, Jörg was Assistant Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rostock for several years. He has been a regular professor at the Branimir Slokar Orchestra Academy and at the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana and is frequently asked to give Masterclasses, both in Italy and abroad.