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 like Giorgio Bernasconi, Douglas Boyd, Friedrich Cerha, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger, Brenton Langbein, Petri Sakari, Stefan Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, Jac van Steen, Marcello Viottiand Thomas Zehetmair.
His multi-faceted artistic activities from the classical repertory to contemporary music and jazz include world premiers and first performances of concertos as well as chamber music 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, Xavier Dayer, Fjodor Drushinin, Richard Dubugnon, Pascal Dusapin, Beat Furrer, Eric Gaudibert, Stefano Gervasoni, Hermann Haller, David Philipp Hefti, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Christian Jost, Mischa Käser, Rudolf Kelterborn, Gerd Kür, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, György Lígeti, Arvo Pärt, John Polglase, Rico Gubler, Daniel Schnyder, Nadir Vassena, Jürg Wyttenbach and Alfred Zimmerlin. As a soloist and chamber musician he regularly performs at important concerthalls and Music Festivals such as the Wigmore Hall London, 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 is still active today. He received much international acclaim for his CD-productions with labels such as ECM, NEOS, Accord, Claves, Genuin, Grammont, Jecklin and Cantando. He teaches violin, viola and chamber music 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. In 2020 he got honoured with the Music Swiss Prize for his dedicated work for the Swiss Chamber Concerts. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivarius, Cremona 1714, and a viola by Raffaele Fiorini, Bologna 1893.