Paul Roczek, O.Univ.Prof.

em. University Professor in Violin and 'Quartet in Residence'

  • Mirabellplatz 1/II (Room: A02019)
  • 5020 Salzburg
Paul Roczek is today supposed to be one of the most sought after European teachers of his generation. Grown up and educated in Vienna he was a member of the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) already during his time as a student, later he joined the famous chamber orchestra "die Wiener Solisten" and performed as first violinist of the Austrian String Quartet for thirty years.
In 1969 he was appointed with this quartet to the Mozarteum Academy of Music, as it was then known, and his growing interest in teaching as well as in organizing activities soon took him to higher positions. 
Professor for violin and chamber music, head of department, deputy vice-chancellor and artistic director of the International Summer Academy were the characteristic landmarks in a successful evolving life of an artist. He was invited many times to sit on juries of major international competitions like Kulenkampf, Kreisler, Louis Spohr, Kloster Schöntal, Zhuhai, Singapore and Mozart Competition in Salzburg and Augsburg. He as well gave master classes in important academies like Guildhall London, Paris, Prag, Mannheim, Tschaikowski Conservatory Moskau, Shanghai, Bejing, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Toho Gakuen Tokyo, Vilnius, Tallin, Goeteborg, Philadelphia, Dallas etc. and was on the faculty of famous summer schools like Bowdoin, Semmering, Mozarteum and Keshet Eilon.
Many young students of his violin class performed very successfully in international competitions; Ziyu He, studying since 2011 with him at the Mozarteum was the winner of the last Menuhin Competition 2016 in London and the youngest soloist ever invited by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to play in a series concert at the famous Große Saal of the Vienna Musikverein.
In recent years Roczek focused in evolving international Youth Competitions: Zhuhai Mozart Competition and Sarajevo South-East European Violin Competition were very successfully launched in last years aiming at selecting not only best young violinists but extraordinary musicians full of fantasy and creativity.