Jürg Dähler, Viola
Born in Zurich, he completed his studies on the violin and the viola at the Musikhochschule Zurich with the highest honours. Various prizes and scholarships enabled further studies with Sándor Végh, 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 creating Daniel Schnyder’s viola concerto. Since then he has played as a soloist with conductors such as Giorgio Bernasconi, Douglas Boyd, Friedrich Cerha, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger, Brenton Langbein, Petri Sakari, Stefan Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, Jac van Steen, Marcello Viotti and Thomas Zehetmair. His multi-faceted artistic activities from the classical repertory to contemporary music and jazz include first performances of viola concerts as well as solo and chamber pieces - many of them are written for and dedicated to him - by composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, William Blank, Charles Bodman-Rae, Friedrich Cerha, Wilfried Danner, Fjodor Drushinin, Richard Dubugnon, Pascal Dusapin, Alfred Felder, Beat Furrer, Eric Gaudibert, Hermann Haller, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Christian Jost, Mischa Käser, Rudolf Kelterborn, Gerd Kür, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, György Ligeti, John Polglase, Arvo Pärt, Daniel Schnyder, Nadir Vassena and Alfred Zimmerlin. As a soloist as well as a leading member of the Swiss Chamber Soloists 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.
From 1997-2008 he was artistic director of the Festival Kultur Herbst Bündner Herrschaft and since 2015 he runs the Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg in the same position. Jürg Dähler is also a founder member of the Collegium Novum Zürich (1993) as well as of the Swiss Chamber Concerts (1999) for which he acts as managing & artistic director ever since. He won the position of principal violist of the Musikkollegium Winterthur as well as violist of the Winterthurer Streichquartett in 1993 where he still is active today. He received much international acclaim for his CD-productions with labels such as ECM, NEOS, Accord, Jecklin, Claves, Genuin, Grammont and Cantando. 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 got awarded the Zolliker Kunstpreis for his multiple 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.