Hannes Bärtschi, Viola

Hannes Bärtschi started receiving violin lessons at the age of six and took up the piano shortly thereafter. After finishing school, he studied viola first with Nicolas Corti in Zurich and then with Wolfram Christ in Freiburg, graduating in both cases with distinction. He has taken lessons from Isaac Stern, Walter Levin, Paul Katz, and the Alban Berg Quartet and is the winner of the Kiwanis Music Prize and the Berti Alter Prize for Pedagogy. Since 1999, Hannes Bärtschi has been the violist of the Amar Quartet, with which he has performed at more than a thousand concerts at home and abroad. The quartet has received numerous international awards such as the Concours de Genève, String Quartet Competition London, the Graz Schubert Competition, and the Migros Culture Percentage in Zurich).


He is also a frequent guest and sometime principal violist with other chamber music groups and orchestras, including the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the ensemble tacchi alti, the principal violist of Camerata Zurich, and deputy principal violist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra since 2010. In addition to music, Hannes Bärtschi is intensively involved with computer science and runs a small business in this field as well.