Thomas Riebl

International Chair in Viola

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Born in Vienna in 1956, Thomas Riebl studied with Siegfried Führlinger, Peter Schidlof and Sandor Végh.

He has won 3rd prize at the International Competition in Munich (ARD 1976) and in 1982 won first prize at the International Naumburg Competition New York.

Thomas has been invited to many of the major international music festivals (e.g. Salzburger Festspiele) and has appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the "Goldene Saal" of theWiener Musikverein.  He has performed with numerous leading orchestras including the Chicago, Berlin and Vienna Symphony, the Bavarian and Finish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Horst Stein, Edo de Waart, Andrew Davies and Sylvain Cambreling.

His chamber music partners have included Jessey Norman, Auréle Nicolet, Andras Schiff, Oleg Maisenberg, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lars Vogt, Gidon Kremer, Benjamin Schmid, Isabelle Faust, Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Steven Isserlis, Sabine Meyer and the Juilliard String Quartet.

From 1972 - 1979 he was a member of the Franz-Schubert-Quartett, Vienna (first.prize at the competition of the European broadcast cooporations in Stockholm in 1974); subsequently he became a founder member of the Vienna String Sextet (1979 - 2004), which performed worldwide and recorded several CDs for EMI and pan classics.

Since 1983, Thomas Riebl has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. In addition, he has been Visiting Tutor at the RNCM in Manchester and holds the International Chair for Viola at the Conservatoire in Birmingham. He has given numerous master classes worldwide. Many of his students won international competitions and became professors at music universities or members of leading orchestras and string quartets.

He is artistic director of the Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden, Austria and has recorded for RCA, pan classics and Hyperion Records.

In 2011 he developed, together with luthier Bernd Hiller, a five stringed tenor viola, on which he performes F.Schubert´s Arpeggione Sonata, Beethoven´s first cello sonata op.5/1, the 6th cello-suite and the sonatas for viola da gamba by J.S.Bach as well as newly written pieces for this instrument.