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Michael
Gieler

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Born in Austria, Michael Gieler took up the violin at the age of five and was already a member of a professional string quartet as a teenager. After completing his studies in Vienna, he was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to study viola at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In 1993, Michael Gieler was appointed principal violist of the Concertgebouworkest. Chamber music continues to play a very important role in his life. He serves as artistic director of two concert series featuring Concertgebouworkest musicians: the IJ-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and  Bijlmer Klassiek at the Bijlmer Parktheater. He also initiated the International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria, held for the first time in 2015.

Thanks to a family foundation, Michael Gieler plays a viola built by Carlo Antonio Testore (Milan, 1745), made available on loan through Concertgebouworkest Foundation.

Born in Austria, Michael Gieler took up the violin at the age of five and was already a member of a professional string quartet as a teenager. After completing his studies in Vienna, he was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to study viola at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In 1993, Michael Gieler was appointed principal violist of the Concertgebouworkest. Chamber music continues to play a very important role in his life. He serves as artistic director of two concert series featuring Concertgebouworkest musicians: the IJ-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and  Bijlmer Klassiek at the Bijlmer Parktheater. He also initiated the International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria, held for the first time in 2015.

Thanks to a family foundation, Michael Gieler plays a viola built by Carlo Antonio Testore (Milan, 1745), made available on loan through Concertgebouworkest Foundation.

81/5000 Michael Gieler with a student from the Amsterdam Leerorkest. (photo: Anne Dokter)
81/5000 Michael Gieler with a student from the Amsterdam Leerorkest. (photo: Anne Dokter)
105/5000 Michael Gieler and conductor Herbert Blomstedt are viewing the score of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. (RV)
105/5000 Michael Gieler and conductor Herbert Blomstedt are viewing the score of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. (RV)
Michael Gieler and Ken Hakii during a concert at Barbican Center (RV)
Michael Gieler and Ken Hakii during a concert at Barbican Center (RV)
Michael Gieler in conversation just before the start of an open air concert in São Paulo (RV)
Michael Gieler in conversation just before the start of an open air concert in São Paulo (RV)