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Erich Oskar Huetter

Erich Oskar Huetter

Born in 1973, cellist Erich Oskar Huetter studied with Hildgund Posch at the University of Music in Graz and Reinhard Latzko at the Musikakademie in Basel where in 1999 he gained the soloist's diploma and teachers diploma (both with highest distinction).

Supported by a scholarship granted by the Austrian Minestry of Foreign Affairs, he then went on to study with the exceptional cellists Janos Starker at Indiana University and Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and got further artistic stimulation through Mischa Maisky at the Accademia Chigiana Siena.

While still a student, Erich won numerous prizes at competitions in Vienna, Stresa, Düsseldorf and Gorizia and performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras in Austria, Italy, Switzerland (e.g. Basler Symphoniker, Radio Symphonie Orchester Basel) and with Macedonian Philharmonic.

As an active soloist and chamber musician Erich Oskar Huetter has toured extensively throughout Europe (including concert halls in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Prague, Paris, Warsaw, Zagreb, Torino, Genova, Bari, Lyon, London, Basel, Catania, Cyprus, Skopje), North America (Washington, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Richmond), Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto) and the Near where he is a frequent guest at international festivals. He is regularly giving master classes at various American universities (e.g. Indiana University, Butler University, DePauw University), as well as at the International Summer Academy Stift Admont (former Stift Rein).

Upcoming events include Erich Oskar Huetter’s performances e.g. as a soloist with Daniel Barenboim in Ramallah, with Anna Sophie Brüning and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Jerusalem and with Macedonian Philharmonic in Skopje. As chamber musician, he is going to perform with e.g. Hyperion Ensemble in Salzburg, Beethoven-Haus Bonn and on a tour through Spain, with Arnon Erez in Haifa, Christopher Hinterhuber in Palacio da Bolsa Porto, Julien Salemkour in Vienna and Paul Gulda in Jerusalem. He is invited to perform the world premiere of a piece of Philip Glass together with flute player Massimo Mercelli at UN Headquarter in New York City (5-years memorial event in the occasion of 9/11 attacks).

Erich Oskar Huetter is a member of the “Arcus Ensemble Vienna”, a clarinet trio with a strong emphasis on 20st century music and plays recitals with outstanding, internationally renowned chamber music partners.

Besides his active career as soloist and chamber musician he is the founder and artistic director of the renowned “Styrian Chamber Music Festival” (almost 40 concerts a year) as well as the “International Summer Academy Stift Admont” (international master class for young artists).

In June 2006, Erich Oskar Huetter is artistically directing the new chamber music project “Sounding Jerusalem” in the Old City of East-Jerusalem. This intercultural event, presenting a chamber music festival as well as an intercultural platform/master class for young musicians will be set up in cooperation with the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem, the Austrian Embassy as well as the Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv. Through the non-verbal language of music, “Sounding Jerusalem” aims to lead people from different cultural and social backgrounds into an open community of mutual understanding.

As a teacher, Erich Oskar Huetter is directing the cello class of Maestro Daniel Barenboims peacemaking youth orchestra project in Ramallah, Palestine.

Numerous appearances on radio and television as well as CD recordings made him known to a wider public. His last recording, “Diez Cuerdas” (“Ten Strings”), was recently awarded by the International Music Competition Vienna.

Stefan Heckel


Stefan Heckel

Stefan Heckel was born in Graz/Austria in 1969. First instrumental lessons included recorder and accordion besides his main instrument piano. After graduating from the Kunstuniversität Graz (Master degree in jazz piano and teaching) he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music (jazz composition) supported by grants from the SKE foundation (Austria), the Austrian government and the provincial government of Styria. Stefan Heckel has been founding and leading several ensembles such as the Stefan Heckel Group (2 cds, tours in the UK and Europe), Blaubauer (as accordionist), Dawn Chorus, Der Pannonische Wahnsinn and the Improvised Music Nights Vienna. He has been working with fellow musicians and bands such as Angela Tröndle’s Mosaik, Julian Argüelles, Pete Flood, Christian Weber, John Edwards, Sainkho Namtchylak, Frank Gratkowski, Gerald Preinfalk, Christoph Pepe Auer, Irina Karamarkovic (Songs from Kosovo), Nenad Vasilic Balkan Band and others. Festivals and performances include Festival of Central European Culture London, Austrian Soundcheck, Jazzwerkstatt Wien + Graz, Sounding Jerusalem, Musik zum Anfassen, Musik Aktuell Niederösterreich. Commissions to write muic for: Graz Kulturhauptstadt 2003, Steirisches Kammermusikfestival, film festival Wien-Berlin-London, Grabenfest Wien, Austria Cantat 2006, Konservatorium Privatuniversität Wien. Stefan Heckel is a teacher at the jazz department of the Kunstuniversität Graz.

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