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Paul Roczek (Austria)

PAUL ROCZEK born in Vienna in 1947, he received a brilliant violin education by Franz Samohyl and Max Rostal. He was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra already during his student days and later on of the renowned Vienna Soloists. Afer having participated successfully at international competitions he devoted himself to chamber music: he founded the Austrian String Quartet and the String Trio Anton Webern and played concerts all over the world as well as at festivals with many important musicians, among them Sandor Vegh, Ivry Gitlis, Karl Leister, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Alfons Kontarsky etc.

Roczek took on pedagogic responsibilities very early and was appointed professor at the Mozarteum University before the age of thirty. He brought up many outstanding violin players, who today are employed as concert masters, members of important orchestras as, for example the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and professors at international universities. Chairs as visiting professor in Moscow, Duino, Bloomington and at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad allowed him to introduce his violin playing that is deeply rooted in the Viennese Classic to other cultural areas.

He uses his artistic-organizational abilities as artistic director of chamber music festivals in Austria and Germany, as well as since 1990 as director of the renowned International Summer Academy which has been able to set much recognized artistic highlights on the Salzburg summers by appointing great composers like George Crumb, Sofia Gubaidulina, Mauricio Kagel, Friedrich Cerha, Franco Donatoni and Wolfang Rihm and by sensational cooperations with the Salzburg festival. 2007 he was appointed Representative for International Relations of the University Mozarteum Salzburg.