Michaela Girardi-Riegler

Senior Lecturer for Violin (IGP & Pre-College)Department String StudiesPre-CollegeInstitute for Chamber Music

The Salzburg-born violinist received her musical training at Mozarteum University in Salzburg, at Indiana University in the USA and at the Lübeck University of Music. Her teachers include Paul Roczek, Mauricio Fuks and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Since 2008, Michaela Girardi has been principal violin of the Camerata Salzburg, she teaches at Mozarteum University Salzburg and gives masterclasses at the Austrian Master Classes and the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University.

Since her first solo performance at the age of eleven, Michaela Girardi has performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and others. 

Her great passion is chamber music, especially music of the 20th and 21st centuries. As a member of the Callino Quartet (2006-2009), she was characterised by her collaboration with artists such as the Hagen Quartet, Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, György Kurtag and Erich Höbarth. Concert tours have taken the violinist to venues including Wigmore Hall, the IMS Prussia Cove, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. As a member of the oenm . oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik, the risonanze erranti ensemble and Ensemble Plus, she works intensively with composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka, Helmut Lachenmann, Nikolaus Brass and Hector Parra. In 2020, she took on the solo part in the radio premiere of the rediscovered Opus 1 by Hans Werner Henze.

She is a guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra.