About Prof. Mirjam Tschopp
Since her debut as a soloist at thirteen, Mirjam Tschopp (born in Zurich) has enjoyed a varied international career as both a violinist and a viola player, with both instruments featuring equally in her activities. In 2018, she was appointed professor for both violin and viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Her keen interest in 20th and 21st century music has led to highly regarded projects. Her recording of Dmitri Shostakovich's violin and viola sonatas - referred to as "reference recording" - was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards. Under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, she premiered the violin concerto dedicated to her by Nicolas Bacri. Her CDs of the violin and viola concertos by Ahmed Adnan Saygun were enthusiastically reviewed and led to invitations from major orchestras. Equally acclaimed were her projects Women Composers and the concert and CD portrait of the Swiss-Ukrainian violinist and violist Alexander Schaichet.
She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie Berlin, Lincoln Center New York, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich and at the Lucerne, Gstaad and Verbier Festivals. Her extensive concert tours as a member of Mutter's Virtuosi have taken her to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Taiwan and Korea.
Passionately fond of chamber music, she has made a name for herself in ensembles including Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Mandelring-Quartett, Josef Suk, the Duo TschoppBovino and until 2015 her Italian-Swiss piano trio Trio des Alpes. In 2021 she founded the extraordinary ensemble The Quinten Project.
As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, José Serebrier, Pinchas Steinberg, Ari Rasilainen, Marc Piollet, Howard Griffiths, Gabriel Feltz and Matthias Foremny.
The only prize-winner of the 2000 Max Rostal Viola Competition in Berlin and recipient of the Swiss Ambassador's Award, she studied violin with Aïda Stucki and Franco Gulli and viola with Christoph Schiller.
Mirjam Tschopp is a passionate pedagogue and teaching plays an important role in her life: before being appointed to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2018, she held teaching posts at the Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck and at the Konservatorium Zurich. She teaches international master classes and is a jury member of several competitions.