Prof. Samhaber-Eck. Petra

Samhaber-Eckhardt cropedBAROQUE VIOLIN

Born in Linz, Austria; Petra Samhaber-Eckhardt began to study violin with Gunar Letzbor. After she has finished school, she started her studies on modern violin at the Mozarteum Salzburg (concert diploma and teaching diploma); during this period, she was already very interested in baroque violin and historical performance practice, and took her first studies with Hiro Kurosaki and Michi Gaigg. After her successful diplomas at Salzburg she moved to London for studying baroque violin at the `Royal College of Music´ with Andrew Manze and Ingrid Seifert. She finished her postgraduate study with distinction. While studying she has won several prizes at competitions in England (UK early music, final round BBC music award). In 2011 she finished her Master with distinction at the Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz in the class of Michi Gaigg.

She also studied with Enrico Onofri at the `Conservatorio Bellini´ in Palermo, and became a musical partner of him.

She is the leader of the successful Austrian Ensemble CASTOR, which got an excellent reputation the last years and has been invited to many famous festivals (Carinthischer Sommer, Attergauer Kultursommer, Festival St. Gallen etc.). She is also member of the `L´Orfeo Barockorchester´. She is working throughout Europe and South America also as concertmaster (Michi Gaigg, Enrico Onofri, Ton Koopman) and was invited for leading the orchestra at the Innsbrucker Festwochen in 2016. She will also join the Eszterhazy Hofkapelle Fertöd next year. Chamber music projects with Emma Murphy and Bridget Cunningham will take her to France and England.

In 2013 her first book ´Musical-rhetorical figures in the sonatas BWV 1014-1019 by J.S. Bach ´ was published.


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