Jürg Dähler, viola

Born in Zurich, completed his studies on the violin and the viola at the Music Academy in Zurich with the highest honours. Various prizes and scholarships enabled further studies with Sándor Vegh, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian and Fjodor Druzhinin. That was followed by influential encounters with artists such as Brenton Langbein, Heinz Holliger, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and György Lígeti. He gave his debut in the Tonhalle Zurich with Paul Sacher’s Collegium Musicum in the creation of Daniel Schnyder’s viola concerto. Since then he has played as a soloist with conductors like Beat Furrer, Brenton Langbein, Friedrich Cerha, Giorgio Bernasconi, Douglas Boyd, Heinrich Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Jac van Steen, Marcello Viotti, Petri Sakari and Stefan Sanderling.


His multi-faceted artistic activities from the classical repertory to contemporary music and jazz include first performances of solo pieces and concertos - many of them are written for and dedicated to him - by György Lígeti, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, Hans Werner Henze, Arvo Pärt, Friedrich Cerha, Fjodor Drushinin, Daniel Schnyder, Mischa Käser, John Polglase, Christian Jost, Charles Bodman-Rae, Hermann Haller, Hans Ulrich Lehmann and Nadir Vassena. As a soloist as well as a member of the Swiss Chamber Soloists - the former Kammermusiker Zürich - he regularly performs at important concerthalls and Music Festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Konzerthaus Wien, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Biennale di Venezia, Lucerne Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival and tours throughout Europe, the USA, South America, and Australia.


In 1997 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Festival Kultur Herbst Bündner Herrschaft and since 1999 he is a founder-member and Artistic Director of the Swiss Chamber Concerts. Since 2015 he is Artistic Director of the Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg.


He received international acclaim for his CD-productions with labels such as ECM, NEOS, Accord, Jecklin, Claves, Grammont and Cantando. Jürg Dähler is a founder-member of the Collegium Novum Zürich and since 1993 principal violist of the Musikkollegium Winterthur and a member of the Winterthurer Streichquartett. He teaches violin and viola at the Kalaidos University Switzerland and has given masterclasses in many renowned institutions such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music or the Melbourne National Academy. In 2007 he received the academic title “Executive Master in Arts Administration” (MAS/EMAA) in the philosophy and business department of the University Zurich with summa cum laude. In 2008 he received the Zolliker Kunstpreis for his artistic activities and his services to the cultural life in Switzerland. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivarius, Cremona 1714, and a viola by Raffaele Fiorini, Bologna 1893.